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2012-10-06 06:36:12 PM

iivel: While true - most people are so out of shape a year or so of well done body weight exercises in a circuit would likely be just as beneficial as heavier resistance with less overall risk of injury.


A year is far too long. You'd be wasting your time with body weight exercises as your body adapts far more quickly than that. Unless you have an injury or are extremely old or frail, you can start doing a program like Rippetoe's Starting Strength. If you're concerned about injury, you can literally start out with nothing but the bar and in a year (most likely far less time) you'll be 3x as strong as your starting max lifts. I guarantee you won't get that kind of result from doing body weight exercises.

iivel: I suppose it depends on whether the goal is strength training or fitness/endurance training. They aren't necessarily the same thing.


Unless you're talking about cardio, endurance and strength are two sides of a coin, however strength training is more beneficial since for a given weight, acquiring more strength will give more endurance, but working at a lower weight and building max reps will have a lesser effect on your max lift. It's better to build your strength first, and contrary to popular myth, you won't look like a steroid freak from proper strength training, you'll just look very fit.
 
2012-10-06 06:36:23 PM

notatrollorami: steamingpile: BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only exercise equipment you need is a barbell, weights, a power rack and a bench. These few things, when used properly, are more effective than everything else.

What I laugh at is that people feel the need to buy expensive equipment or programs, its amazing in this day and age they cant just Google exercises on the inter webs.
Also people that say they didn't have the right equipment to remain in shape while never realizing they have a floor and arms to accomplish that feat.

I certainly agree with regard to equipment but not with "programs" at all. I've been exercising for 25 years and I can tell you unequivocally it works best for me when following a rigorous program. I just cannot develop an intense and varied series of workouts on my own as well as good professionals can.


That and it makes it easier for people who are motivated by someone just laying it out for them. They are willing to put in the 1 hour a day or whatever to exercise, but aren't motivated by the idea of having to do a bunch of research and legwork to get to the point where they can even start.
 
2012-10-06 06:36:53 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Pretty much anything other than a barbell, a squat rack, and a bench basic calisthenics is useless exercise equipment for 99% of people's strength training needs.


FTFY.
 
2012-10-06 06:41:21 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: A year is far too long. You'd be wasting your time with body weight exercises as your body adapts far more quickly than that.


I dunno. Depends on which ones.
Male gymnasts typically do mostly bodyweight-only exercises, making it more difficult is just a matter of changing the amount of leverage you have.
 
2012-10-06 07:05:27 PM

clyph: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Pretty much anything other than a barbell, a squat rack, and a bench basic calisthenics is useless exercise equipment for 99% of people's strength training needs.

FTFY.


That's not remotely true at all. You'll never reach the level of intensity required to trigger hormonal changes required to grow muscle doing calisthenics. If you're out of shape, sure, you'll make progress, but you'll plateau much earlier, and have no tools to break the plateau. A bar, bench and power rack are essential to reach your maximum potential. There's a reason why the most fit people in the world use equipment, and that's because it's essential. Naturally, if you exercise without equipment, you're better off than 90% of the population, but you won't perform as well as someone who uses resistance in a proper manner.

Gawdzila: BraveNewCheneyWorld: A year is far too long. You'd be wasting your time with body weight exercises as your body adapts far more quickly than that.

I dunno. Depends on which ones.
Male gymnasts typically do mostly bodyweight-only exercises, making it more difficult is just a matter of changing the amount of leverage you have.


True, but they have a specific goal of building power and limiting excess weight, which makes body weight training preferable. If they're lacking in power, they would reach their goals faster with legitimate strength training. They would just have to know when it's time to back off and return to calisthenics only to avoid gaining excess mass for their particular sport. Quite honestly though, I just don't see the use of gymnastics outside of a competition, however strength is almost always useful... to a limit of course, I personally don't want to look like a potato with a mohawk
 
2012-10-06 07:48:03 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: I personally don't want to look like a potato with a mohawk


Looks like he needed to wrap every bit of him so he didn't explode. That is not natural.
 
2012-10-06 08:48:10 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only exercise equipment you need is a barbell, weights, a power rack and a bench. These few things, when used properly, are more effective than everything else.


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Disagrees.
 
2012-10-06 08:52:10 PM

Gleeman: BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only exercise equipment you need is a barbell, weights, a power rack and a bench. These few things, when used properly, are more effective than everything else.

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Disagrees.


Body weight only? Bullshiat. What does he do for the traps? Upside down shrugs?
 
2012-10-06 09:11:27 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only exercise equipment you need is a barbell, weights, a power rack and a bench. These few things, when used properly, are more effective than everything else.


Amen brother. A chinning bar and dipping bars wouldn't hurt either.
 
2012-10-06 09:39:45 PM

Buffet: BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only exercise equipment you need is a barbell, weights, a power rack and a bench. These few things, when used properly, are more effective than everything else.

Amen brother. A chinning bar and dipping bars wouldn't hurt either.


You could chin and pull up from most power racks, you probably just have to curl your legs, but that's not a big deal. Dips could also be done if you finagle a rig with a couple bars on the rack to keep them stable too, but you're right, include those 2 and you have something for every part of your body.
 
2012-10-07 02:39:12 AM
I seem to be getting decent results with the tower 200 when I'm at work (I work on a remote mine site). Although it also might be the cheap speed I've been taking as my pre-work supplement.

My routine is ; alarm goes off at 4am, drink pre-work out formula. Roll back to sleep
4:30 am the pre-work out formula has kicked in and I'm wide awake, do a 40min workout, have a shower and go to breakfast.
Be at work by 6am, stay till 6pm, have dinner, go to the bar and drink until 10 , go to bed.... Rinse and repeat.

It might get a little different now that dmaa is illegal to have in supplements . Anyone got a good alternative?
 
2012-10-07 08:47:49 PM

Hermit Tard: Although it also might be the cheap speed I've been taking as my pre-work supplement.


You could always snag yourself an adult add diagnosis and get hmo subsidized pharmaceutical grade stimulants.
 
2012-10-08 10:16:39 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Gleeman: BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only exercise equipment you need is a barbell, weights, a power rack and a bench. These few things, when used properly, are more effective than everything else.

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Disagrees.

Body weight only? Bullshiat. What does he do for the traps? Upside down shrugs?


Press-up. Get youself upside down with arms extended, toes resting against a smooth wall. Lower yourself slowly until your head hits the floor. Push yourself back up until your arms are straight. It doesn't offer quite the range of motion that a press with weights would, but if you can do this in a set of 15, you're fairly powerful, at least in the physical sense.
 
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