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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fitness app advice? [closed]

StackExchange, I'm new here and have spent the past hour searching the site for potential answers to my question, to no avail. I did find this list of fitness apps: Creating a compendium of fitness ...
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Is there a simple program that I don't have to look up at all? [duplicate]

In an effort to make a regular basis for working out, and as an extension of my previous question*, I am looking for a simple plan that satisfies these requirements: No equipment require, or simple ...
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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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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 gain", ...
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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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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 is the correct plan to transition from normal to handstand push-ups?

I'm looking to become fit in my upper body without having to go to the gyms. Right now I'm working on my pushups. I can do 30 normal pushups in one go, if pumping as fast as I can. I'm 6ft and 160lbs. ...
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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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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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Normal life with heavy weights

On a animated TV show (dragon ball Z) characters would have clothes which seamed 3 times there weight. Gradually building up weights (say a pound a day), could one be able to carry evenly across there ...
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How do I get a four foot butt?

This article says these twins do 2000 squats per day. I'm up to 75. I squat straight down, then straight up, even holding a 5 lb weight behind my back. My jeans only feel tight around my thighs. What ...
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Muscle mass with dumbbells only

Last summer I didn't have a job and had a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achieved some results there. But in March things changed and I am waking up at 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm ...
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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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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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"Triceps" dips completely alleviate shoulder pain?

I'm no expert in glenohumeral anatomy, but I've noticed that if I do "triceps-style" bar dips, I have no pain nor impingement in the shoulder joint whatsoever. This is the version of dips where the ...
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Is spot reduction necessarily a myth?

I have always known this to be a fact that spot reduction is a myth, but this article tends to claim otherwise. Here is a point, I'd like to highlight from the article: Theoretically, we have 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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Plank Progressions

So, I have been doing workout routine for a while now. IDK exactly how effective it is, but it certainly seems effective for me and I like it because each exercise is something I can scale up(by ...
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Home chest push ups-middle-inner-low

I will be focusing on push-ups because I have no money for a gym. I have checked out many videos, reading a lot, but I would like your help to achieve the best results I can for doing push-ups at home ...
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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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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 there a bicep exercise that uses no equipment?

I keep a regular workout routine, and due to living constraints I have tried to use bodyweight workouts as much as possible, with as little equipment as possible. So far I have been able to find ...
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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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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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Safe use of minitramp to develop hip and lower leg/for mobility in older deconditioned subjects

I've read high praise for this activity, and tried it a little bit in a gym. Not many people seem to do it. A good minitramp is very expense. Is it worthwhile to acquire one? How can it be used safely ...
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Should I jump rope even though I suffer from flat feet?

I have flat feet. I don't think it's that severe though. It was my leg day a couple of days back and I did squats, lunges, exntensions, curls and some rope jumps. However, today, my left knee hurts. ...
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Preparation for the muscleup [duplicate]

What is the ideal exercise foundation that will prepare me to for muscleups? Some ideas I am considering are: Losing weight until my BMI is well under 25 Weighted dips Weighted pull ups Negatives ...
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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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How should I proceed to get normal weight?

My height is around 174.8 cm and weight is around 55 Kgs. The problem is, I wasn't under weight when I was around 14-15 years old. Now I'm 26 years old. I never paid attention to it until after ...
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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 ...
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Would only doing exercises on a regular basis, without worry about anything else, help grow muscle?

I'm male 24. I'm occupied with my office work so I'm trying to minimize the effort in exercise as best as I could. This means that I don't go to the gym, and I don't buy any equipment. The only thing ...
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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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After 2 years cannot do push or pull up - is it more than a strength issue? [duplicate]

31 yo F, 5'9", 67kg. Been working out about 3/4 yrs. Previously was 'skinny fat' - no core strength, fitness or even sports ever. About two years ago, after a year+ of weights, I wanted to start ...
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Failure in ladder exercises - Am I misunderstanding rest periods?

So, my mother got me a copy of Mark Lauren's You Are Your Own Gym book, and I'm trying his workout plan. For the first week, everything is done as "ladders" where the plan is to do one rep, rest, two ...
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Best way to lose stomach fat [duplicate]

Anyone know of a daily workout that can get me slim whilst building muscle? I dont mean a full on workout like going to the gym because there is no gym around where i live. I also eat pretty healthy ...
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Are abs muscles able to grow?

So, my full gym experience is around 2 years (counted only periods without long breaks, first time visited gym at the end of 2013 etc). Last 1.5 year only once I was skipping for 1.5 month because of ...
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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 dept)...
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