Bodyweight exercises use the body as resistance. Exemplary exercises are push ups, planks, pull ups and squats.

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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certianly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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How do I arrange a beginner calisthenics workout and rest schedule?

I am a beginner at calisthenics and was wondering if someone could tell me the most basic workouts, along with their workouts and rest routine. I was able to do about 6-7 chin ups, 15-17 push ups ...
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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Where is the end of PLP, if there is such a thing?

Most examples of the PLP work out program (Pull Up, Lunge, Push Up, +1 rep for each every day) finishes after 60 days. The Chad Waterburry PLP Challenge (before) lasted 182 days (results). Considering ...
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Slight uneven forearms

My left forearm is slightly smaller than my right. Are there any bodyweight exercises I could do to even these out a little? I don't know how noticeable it is to others, but to me it is very ...
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Effect of an asymmetric weight distribution on a hack squat machine

In a hack squat machine (see figure above), does it matter if I put more washers on one side? May this asymmetry cause an asymmetry of my effort in performing this exercise? For example, if I put ...
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How can I improve this workout

I've been doing a body weight workout that I found on www.nerdfitness.com regularly for a while now (scaling it up as needed), the workout in its current state is as follows: 3 circuits with ~1-2 min ...
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For the same number of repetitions, does it build more muscle to do fewer sets?

Suppose I want to do 50 pushups. I could do: 10 sets of 5 5 sets of 10 2 sets of 25 1 set of 50 Each option is more difficult than the last. But is it more beneficial? Is it "more pain, more ...
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How Can I Stop Swinging On Pull-Ups?

Whenever I do pull-ups, Palms facing in, my body swings forward and backward. I'm trying to avoid this because I was told that swinging will make pull-ups "easier", and take stress off of the target ...
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optimal resting period for strength

I'm currently doing a (mainly) body-weight routine that involves 3 circuits of: 15 close grip push ups 15 squats plank 1-2 min 5 chin-ups 5 pull-ups (just started the *ups lagging behind in that ...
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Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Strength?

I've seen both 'Practical Programming (2nd Ed) Novice Program' as in 'The Practical Programming Advanced Novice Program' is preescriben chin-ups/pull-ups to be performed to failure on each set. Each ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups? [duplicate]

My other half is a total newbie in Fitness activities. She has had a tough time to even get through a single set of 5 Pull-Ups. Whats the best way to get started with Pull-Ups? And, How do I support ...
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Squat progressions

I am starting a (mainly) body-weight fitness routine and I have found squats to be WAY to easy. There are two progressions I can try that I know of: I can try to work towards pistol squats OR I ...
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building Muscle with Body Weight training [duplicate]

I am trying to build muscle, but don't have access (or time to go to) to a gym. I don't want to neglect anything here, but legs obviously aren't AS important to me as Abdominals / Upperbody. I'm ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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Spine standing out in the middle of the back

I've started training about 3 months ago. I had neglected my lower back training for a while before starting to train it again. Now, my body fat percentage is about 10% and my spine is very visible in ...
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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Sets all at once vs. “grease the groove”

I'm looking to increase my number of consecutive pushups from about 13 to at least 25. I've heard of basically two competing approaches: Do sets all at once a few times a week, as in the One ...
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What is a reasonable target heart-rate for beginners bodyweight workout?

I just started the beginner workout program of You Are Your Own Gym. The first two weeks are described as "low intensity" aimed at "muscular endurance" using "ladders". Is it meaningful to worry ...
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Do you need streching after bodyweight workouts?

Following a couple of stellar reviews, I decided to end a period of indecisiveness, got myself You Are Your Own Gym, read through the explainy part and started the Basic Program. I wonder why YAYOG ...
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Does having long pauses (several hours vs minutes) between weight lifting sets reduce or improve the exercise results?

I want to do weight lifting sets through the day, instead of the one after another. Does this have any difference? As i understand the pause between sets needed for the muscles to recharge energy. So ...
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Muscle mass with dumbbells only

Last summer I haven't job and got a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achived some results there. But in march things have changed and I just waking in 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm or ...
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If HiiT only, How many times a week?

I dont have much time to worke out for long time session, so I'm just training according to HiiT protocol four times a week, it takes me up to 15mins per session. If it is Ok for the body to take ...
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Is my routine okay?

Fist of all: Height: 175 cm (5´9´´) Weight: 65.3 kg (143 lbs) Age: 15 years Well my workout is split in three days: Tuesday // TRICEPS and BACK Pull-ups: 8 reps ...
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Collar bone visibility issue

I've been following a bodyweight training routine for 2 months now and I'm satisfied with the gains until now. I am training to improve how I look, and I've succeeded till now except for my shoulder. ...
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I want to gain weight using bodyweight exercises [duplicate]

I just turned 18 last month , and I'm tired of looking skinny.My body already shows well-defined muscles but they are too small. I surfed through the internet and found out , I might be cateogrized in ...
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Can I do exercises after dinner? [duplicate]

I work in a software organization and full busy in work.Go to work at 7 am and come back home at 9pm.And all the time just sit infront of a computer and no physical work at all. And so my weight is ...
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Do handstand push ups and pike push ups work the posterior deltoid

I'm currently doing progression to reach the handstand push up. One of the progressions is the pike push up. I've read on a website that those exercises only works the anterior and lateral delts. Is ...
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Skull crusher workout issue

Usually, I do skull crusher exercise (1st or 2nd exercise of Triceps day and neutral position with an EZ bar) 3 sets with following weights (8-11 reps range). Earlier I used to do 20kg max (for 3rd ...
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Does slowing negative and positive movements of exercises build muscle

I've heard that the perfect form of bodyweight exercises need to be slow. For instance, in pull ups, I have to go up in 2 seconds, pause a second at the top position and then go down in 2 seconds. ...
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Shoulders and lats give up before abs during hanging leg raises

I've already mastered leg raises on the floor and I was advised to progress to a harder variation of leg raises which is the hanging knee raises. The problem is that my shoulders and lats give up ...
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Not gaining strength, even after following routine, diet, exercise, sleep, etc [closed]

I've been interested in the strength world for a long time. While I don't limit myself to any specific muscle groups, I never gain much strength. And when I do gain strength, I tend to lose it very ...
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Can overtraining occur when I'm alternating muscle groups?

I started working out and I'm doing only bodyweight exercises with progressions from convict conditioning book. The workout routine in this book was not intense enough for me. I read on many websites ...
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How to change the weight during an exercise in order to train muscles more efficiently?

I heard of different ways of how to handle weight increase (and decrease) when doing exercises for muscle training. I wondered which technique is the most efficient one when trying to train muscles. ...
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Risk/benefits of daily abdominal vacuums to workout transversus abdominis?

So after answering this question "Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen" I started doing some investigation into the transversus abdominis (TA). From what I've found, ...
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How to increase reps on pullups/dips while doing a 2-day-split?

I had to switch from Starting Strength to a 2-day-split because of recovery. The new routine is a push/pull split, done 4 times a week, which looks like this: Sunday/Wednesday: Squat 3x5 Bench Press ...
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How often to train to get muscle mass

I know this is a frequently asked question and it has a a lot of answers on various websites. However, I couldn't get a specific answer for my routine! I'm interested in bodyweight training and I was ...
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What is the impact of changes in weight placement during weighted dips?

People commonly increase the difficulty of dips by either adding weight around the neck or waist as shown below: Less commonly are using a weighted vest or backpack to add resistance. So, how ...
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Is once-per-week training enough for building muscle

I recently read Convict conditioning book and in the workout routines part the author put a routine for beginners in which trainees workout an exercise only once per week. But I've read on the ...
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Would weightlifting conflict with gymnastics/parkour?

I gather that bodyweight training is superior to weight training for gymnastics (http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2010/03/the-fundamentals-of-bodyweight-strength-training/). However, I enjoy weight ...
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Will convict conditioning book help me getting ripped [duplicate]

I want to know whether this book will help me getting ripped or I'll just gain muscle endurance without mass. I do want to be gain strength but I also want to be in a good shape and I don't have gyms ...
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I want to get ripped. Can bodyweight exercises do the job?

Can I get ripped without going to the gym ? I know it sounds lazy but I live in an area where there is no gyms at all. And going to the gym even twice a week can be really tedious for me. So .. Can ...
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What is wrong with CrossFit?

Background Information When I started exercising a few months ago, I started with P90X and Insanity (Insanity for the mornings and P90X for the evenings). As a result, I'm getting used to high ...
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pistol squat mechanics

It seems that pistol squats with are easier with your hands in front of you than they are with your hands behind you. What I don't understand is why. Like with a front lever or planche or whatever ...
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hand balancing on canes

According to http://legendarystrength.com/hand-balancing-stands/ "[canes] actually make balancing easier while giving the appearance of more difficulty". Is that true?
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How to achieve a “marathon runner's” physique by just working out? [duplicate]

By marathon runner's physique what I mean is a body type that is not bulky but muscular. Something like just a real lean build with low body fat percentages, muscles showing naturally without even ...
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Bodyweight Bicep Excercises

Are there any bodyweight bicep exercises? Or any form of bicep exercise that can be performed without equipment?
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Doing crunches for month and after that stop doing it effect body shape?

I've done crunches for one month regularly in the gym and after that I stopped exercising. And my stomach came out after two months. So is it because I stop doing crunches ? What should I do in order ...
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Why does CrossFit use Kipping Pull-ups?

For regular workouts there is information on the benefits and importance of doing pull-ups regularly. CrossFit even mentions it in this article. Men's Health even talks about this in one of their ...