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

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What are the dangers of doing push-ups incorrectly?

Newbie here. I work long hours behind my computer and I do my best to keep an eye on ergonomics: paying attention to my posture, taking short breaks at regular intervals, that kinda thing. Recently I ...
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What are the top intensive bodyweight exercises?

I am 22 and have tried two gyms, but I always fall back to burpees. I am looking for more exercises that are fun to do. require only bodyweight (and minimal equipment). are intensive and have even ...
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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 ...
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Are so-called “burst workouts” effective for weight loss?

I just bought a $2.99 Kindle book called Burst Workouts which recommends very short workouts at high intensities. His main program recommends timed interval training using bodyweight exercises of 30 ...
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Whats the optimal height for a pull up bar?

I was looking at some door frame pull up bars yesterday. Now I was standing in my door frame and tried to imagine at which height the bar would be and it seemed a bit low (although I am a bit smaller ...
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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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What bodyweight exercises are good to train the hamstrings?

I'm aware of the following exercises, and I'd like more options: Bodyweight squats (esp. with a raised heel in the lower position) - seems to put far more effort onto the front tigh muscles, so I ...
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Why are pyramid sets often advised for bodyweight exercises?

A pyramid set is one following a scheme like 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 2 reps. I've seen this advised to train pull ups if you manage only very few. I looked at the hundred push ups program, here and in ...
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What equipment can I buy that will build muscle mass and fit in a suitcase

I'm traveling abroad for a year, and I'm wondering if anybody has good experience with portable workout equipment such as resistance bands or suspension systems
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Is there a significant difference between standing lunges and walking lunges?

I get the feeling that walking lunges are better for balance, but other than that - especially in terms of muscles used and caloric burn - are there any significant differences?
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Bodyweight exercise for traps

Does anybody know a good bodyweight exercise for traps and neck? I have tried the inverted shoulder press but would appreciate other suggestions.
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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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Exercise for shoulders strength with no special equipment

I'm traveling to a long period and neither able to attend a gym on a regular basis, nor to have equipment like dumbbells. I'm keen to do full-body workouts, but still can't find an exercise for ...
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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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Free weights or body weight exercises?

I want to build some muscle mass, for both raising my RMR and for useful/practical strength and endurance. I don't want or need to look like a body builder, I just want to lose a little fat (I'm ...
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How much press strength for human flag?

Shoulder strength seems to be the main factor for achieving a human flag. I was wondering if there is some number relative to the bodyweight that indicates when one's press strength is ready to try a ...
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Which collection of specific exercises can be used to completely substitute Deadlift?

One day in my 20s I was stressed and I stupidly tried reverse dumbbell flyes too fast and with too much weight. Something went deeply wrong, more or less under my right scapula, and I completely ...
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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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Overcoming a chin-up plateau of 6 in a row

I have a problem. I can only do 6 chin-ups in a row before something gives way. I'm able to go for 2-3 sets, usually with a kip on the last on few. With a weight bearing exercise, there are common ...
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Bodyweight exercises for improving long distance running

I'm looking for bodyweight exercise for improving long distance running, because winter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere. I can still running outside, but sometimes weather is really bad. Do you ...
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Dynamic stretching as warm up

I'm mostly doing bodyweight exercises at home and have noticed that I can do most exercises better after a short warm up session. At the moment my warm up consists simply trying to get the muscles I ...
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Can't do handstand presses

I'd like to be able to do handstand presses but can't. I can't even lift my feet off the ground or even get that close. What muscle groups do I need to develop in order to be able to do this move? ...
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Developing both muscle fibres for endurance and explosiveness

I'm an avid runner but I also train BJJ and so I want to have good endurance and some explosive power without being bulky. Recently, my strength training has just consisted of bodyweight exercises ...
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Will push ups, pull ups, sit ups and interval training get me ripped?

I hardly have any time at all, so I'm considering doing push ups, pull ups, sit ups and interval training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Then once I can do a certain amount of each I will ...
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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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Should we exercise when our blood pressure is high?

I normally can control my blood pressure (120/80) by managing to have healthy life style, following my nutritionist's diet guide, enough rest/sleep, no stress and regular exercise. But this morning ...
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Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Stenght?

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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Bodyweight inverted row - where do the elbows go?

With bodyweight inverted row, or body row, I mean hanging by my arms from somthing, the feet on the ground, the body more or less horizontal (head higher), and pulling myself up between my hands. I ...
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What is a bodyweight-only strength workout with a few compound exercises?

Today's paradigm seems to be the Reg Park workouts in different flavours, like Starting Strength and StrongLifts 5x5. A few compound exercises with free weights, using barbells, as opposed to the 80's ...
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Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove

I want increase my endurance with bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups etc. Would it be better to use progressive overload and start at, for example: 3x4 reps for Pull-ups and ...
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What is the simplest way to measure strength?

Background Last August, I started a project to get back into shape after a decade of inactivity. I chose to tackle endurance and cardiovascular fitness first, and to that end followed the Couch to 5k ...
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Will I improve by climbing 10 flights of stairs every day?

I started climbing 10 flights of stairs every day. At the end, I'm breathing heavily and by heart is beating rapidly. My calves are hurting a bit... Will I definitely improve, even though this only ...
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Big chest and lats with simple bodyweight routine?

I'd like to build my chest, shoulders, and lats using a simple bodyweight routine that I can do at home. It seems like there are a million options out there, but I just want something simple I can ...
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Body weight exercises for arm wrestling

I am wondering what body weight exercises might be best to improve arm wrestling skills. Of course not on a professional level, in this case I'd buy equipment, just for the pub level difficulty. My ...
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Influence of hand position on squatting

I am familiar with two positions to keep the hands when doing body weight squats, either in front of your body with arms straight forward or slightly bent or behind the neck. Does this make a ...
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Bodyweight exercise for the 'v'-muscle in the lower abdomen

What exercise can I do for developing the lowest abdominal muscles (colloquially named the V-muscles)? I need something that's bodyweight and I am aware that I'd need to lose some weight until ...
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One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a ...
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Bodyweight exercises to increase legs strength

This year I have returned to alpine skiing and found myself relatively fit for quite intensive skiing session (up to 10 runs per hour for 3-4 hours straight twice a day for 5 days) except for two ...
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Should I be doing dips or push ups?

I am currently trying to progress on both the hundred push ups and the one fifty dips programs. I cannot do them on the same day of course, they both put a huge strain on my triceps. And while ...
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ideal rest in between sets for increasing bodyweight exercises

So I want to increase the number of pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups I can do. I've been leaving an arbitrary 2 minutes in between sets. Is this the ideal amount of time?
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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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Push-up complement [duplicate]

What is the bodyweight exercise complementary of the push-up? I got contradictory information. Some claim it's the chin-up/pull-up and I always thought this was true. However, others claim that the ...
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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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Does muscle adaptation occur when strength training (low reps)?

My current strength-training goals are: One-armed pull-ups: 4x5 One-armed chin-ups: 4x5 One-armed push-ups: 4x5 Handstand push-ups: 4x5 (also training legs through running and pistol squats and abs ...
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How long should i excercise?

I used to do physical activity in my school-days but after college it got reduced and after that none. I started doing exercises five month back I am following this regular exercise routine. 6km ...
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Bodyweight strength training

Normally I'd be following a typical freeweight strength training program, like Stronglifts 5x5, but lately I have found the necessity to go to a gym is a bit of a problem. Also, I will be leaving for ...
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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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what to look for in planks

Is there a checklist of things I should look for when trying to see if someone's doing a perfect plank? They always say back straight. I assume that means head to glutes because, unless your legs are ...
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How can I build a routine based around a power tower?

Intro: For a few months, I'm not going to have access to my gym. What I do have access to is: A power tower a.k.a chin-up/dip station 2 x 8kg dumbbells An ab roller Some push-up handles When I ...
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Bodyweight exercises to stimulate fast-twitch muscle growth

So I want to achieve a slim-athletic physique through only doing body-weight exercises. As I understand it, after you do more than 12-15ish reps of an exercise per set, you're no longer utilising ...