Fitness |OT| A New Era Begins

Oct 25, 2017
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My go to for everything. I think I'm just gonna ride out home workouts with Ring Fit Adventure. Luckily bought it right before everyone started buying it up.
Thanks, now I just need to decide how much resistance I actually need.
 

Nelo Ice

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Oct 27, 2017
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Eidan

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Oct 30, 2017
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So what are you all doing now that gyms are closing everywhere? I already have resistance bands, and I saw Athlean-X offered up an at-home workout routine. I live in an apartment so buying my own gym equipment outside of probably dumbbells isn’t really an option.
 

Nelo Ice

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Oct 27, 2017
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So what are you all doing now that gyms are closing everywhere? I already have resistance bands, and I saw Athlean-X offered up an at-home workout routine. I live in an apartment so buying my own gym equipment outside of probably dumbbells isn’t really an option.
I'm just gonna play Ring Fit. Just waiting for my yoga mat to come in. Also have a foam roller and lacrosse balls on me too.
 

jvalioli

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Oct 27, 2017
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So what are you all doing now that gyms are closing everywhere? I already have resistance bands, and I saw Athlean-X offered up an at-home workout routine. I live in an apartment so buying my own gym equipment outside of probably dumbbells isn’t really an option.
resistance bands with common bodyweight exercises. I also live in an apartment
 
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Dead Prince

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Oct 25, 2017
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So what are you all doing now that gyms are closing everywhere? I already have resistance bands, and I saw Athlean-X offered up an at-home workout routine. I live in an apartment so buying my own gym equipment outside of probably dumbbells isn’t really an option.
Time to whip out the DVD set for insanity
 

Solid Dude

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Dec 1, 2017
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Found a park near my place in DC with a body weight circuit, I guess I'll just run that out for the time being. I was so close to 275 lb on bench, guess it's going to be a while before I can work back up to that weight :(

Thank you to Nelo Ice for linking to the resistance band article--I just ordered a set.
 
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potato

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Oct 27, 2017
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I got 9k on my Rogue “wish list”. Now time to whittle it down. Some things I’ll get from Rep (the stainless steel rack, some accessories and maybe plates) to save some money. I estimate i can save about 1 to 1.5 grand mixing it up like this.

Too damn bad Rep Fitness is perpetually sold out. I might wait for Black Friday as well - I can save an additional 1k off shipping alone in addition to Hundo Pricing for the plates.

For those who have experience between steel and bumper plates. Would you recommend the bumpers considering their premium?
 

HiLife

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Oct 25, 2017
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Still jump roping and using the elastic bands if I don’t feel like using the power rack outside. I don’t have an excuse to not band exercise when I’m doing something like watching Netflix. One episode of an hour runtime you can get a solid full body workout in.
 

The Silver

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Oct 28, 2017
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Well my gym is locked up and I'm stuck with torturous bodyweight exercises. I have a pullup bar so that's something, I always do heavy weighted pullups/chinups though so now that's gonna be more torturous since I have to do a shitton more reps to make up for it. I'm not gonna bother trying to keep leg gains.

Now that complaining is over can someone give me a good bodyweight exercise to hit the side delt?
 

farmland

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Oct 30, 2017
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Just doing body weight exercises and my stationary bike. I'll do it because I'm dedicated but I hate it lol.
 

Tuorom

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Oct 30, 2017
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Well my gym is locked up and I'm stuck with torturous bodyweight exercises. I have a pullup bar so that's something, I always do heavy weighted pullups/chinups though so now that's gonna be more torturous since I have to do a shitton more reps to make up for it. I'm not gonna bother trying to keep leg gains.

Now that complaining is over can someone give me a good bodyweight exercise to hit the side delt?
Instead of pull ups, give your body a new stimulus and try doing front levers. Try doing front lever rows. One arm pull ups.
Instead of bench, do a planche. Try doing planche push ups. Handstands. Tricep extensions from a push up position.
Instead of barbell squats/deads, do mobility focused variations like cossac squats and one legged variations.
 

Psychotext

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Oct 30, 2017
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Still sick. Really getting to me now.

I've noticed that all the muscle I got back on my right leg after my surgery (was nearly the same size as my left leg again) is gone now. 6 months of progress out the window. :(
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I am starting to see how I can workout from home. I so far figured out dips... maybe pull ups can be done on 1 door but the ceiling is low so it is not quite full pull up. I have a few resistance bands but they are not really suited for this kind of work. I have a backpack, 2 dumbbells with 30lbs between them, and I can probably fill the backpack with other heavy things to add some weight (probably more for squats). I have a gravity training rope that fits on a door... to do rows I guess. I know it can do other things too of course.

I need to learn bodyweight squats and a bodyweight deadlift replacement. My core exercises I can do with resistance bands and without. Weighted dips, weighted pull ups, weighted push ups... lat raises and/or rows.

The goal is to maintain muscle but also to maintain sanity.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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My workout went way better than expected. Doing 30 squats with just 30 pounds and a few bricks in my backpack was just as intense as doing much heavier weight on a barbell at fewer reps. Pull ups were... okay. I will get better at that or figure out a new way. Dips were fine. 1 leg deadlift lifting up the bag with weights and bricks was fine, I will improve technique or find another movement. I think I will in fact continue to bulk diet after all.
 

Solid Dude

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Dec 1, 2017
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Can anyone point me to some good resistance band routines? I'd like to workout 5-6 days a week (to maintain my schedule back when I had gym access).
 

PoppaBK

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Oct 27, 2017
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My workout went way better than expected. Doing 30 squats with just 30 pounds and a few bricks in my backpack was just as intense as doing much heavier weight on a barbell at fewer reps. Pull ups were... okay. I will get better at that or figure out a new way. Dips were fine. 1 leg deadlift lifting up the bag with weights and bricks was fine, I will improve technique or find another movement. I think I will in fact continue to bulk diet after all.
If you have the screw type dumbbells then you can buy 10lb plates for $10 and increase the weight considerably. Think I can fit 60lb on each of my generic dumbbells.
 

LebGuns

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fuck is this gonna suck without gyms. How the fuck am I supposed to keep my muscle gains without weights? No way are body weight exercises sufficient, right?
 

Psychotext

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Oct 30, 2017
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I've bought a ton of screw dumbells over the years. I have about 15 set up with different weights (for pyramid / superset etc).
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Fuck is this gonna suck without gyms. How the fuck am I supposed to keep my muscle gains without weights? No way are body weight exercises sufficient, right?
Check out r/bodyweightfitness beginner routine, it has progressions for beginners to even more intermediate lifters. https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness/wiki/kb/recommended_routine

Your body does not care about weight, it cares about the stimuli. At the very least you can train to maintain. My advice is to just to aim for as close to muscle failure as you can. Make exercises more intense by modifying them. For example, do push ups with some weight on your back but do them very slow. When you feel like you cannot do anymore, push even harder. Get those last few reps in and then hold while squeezing your muscles as long as you can. I think I had one of my best squat exercises with largely bodyweight doing this. I just had a backpack with plates in it and some bricks. I did something similar to replace deadlifts.
 

Servbot24

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Oct 25, 2017
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Got a pull up bar, resistance bands, and some light dumbbells. Would like to get heavier weights but all the fitness stores in Austin are closed. Maybe Target would have some.
 

LebGuns

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Oct 25, 2017
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Check out r/bodyweightfitness beginner routine, it has progressions for beginners to even more intermediate lifters. https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness/wiki/kb/recommended_routine

Your body does not care about weight, it cares about the stimuli. At the very least you can train to maintain. My advice is to just to aim for as close to muscle failure as you can. Make exercises more intense by modifying them. For example, do push ups with some weight on your back but do them very slow. When you feel like you cannot do anymore, push even harder. Get those last few reps in and then hold while squeezing your muscles as long as you can. I think I had one of my best squat exercises with largely bodyweight doing this. I just had a backpack with plates in it and some bricks. I did something similar to replace deadlifts.
Thank you, great advice 🙏🏼
 

Shiloh

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Oct 25, 2017
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They finally closed my gym.

Currently have adjustable dumbbells that go up to 52.5 lbs, a bench, ab roller, and a pull-up bar. Suppose it's time to look into programs and potentially resistance bands to get me through until its open again. Should have looked into all of this sooner, heh.
 

ArkhamFantasy

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Oct 25, 2017
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Are pushups enough to keep some muscles on my upper body?
You can make very good gains on bodyweight only programs, your body doesn't know the difference between resistance training with bodyweight, bands, or plates.

Pushups will activate your chest, front delt, and triceps. Combining them with pull ups or inverted rows will hit most of your upper body.
 

ArkhamFantasy

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, if your diet and sleep are on point it will take a while to lose any muscle. Notice how pro athletes don't lose much size even when they can't workout for months and months in a row.
 

Tuorom

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Oct 30, 2017
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Are pushups enough to keep some muscles on my upper body?
It's one of the best pushing exercises, so yes.

Over long periods you will lose total strength capacity specific to dumbbell/barbell loading, however there are lots of ways to progress basic pushing strength like handstands, pseudo planche pushups, planche pushups, etc. Also you can do dips with two chairs!

If you can do these then it should carry over benefits to regular gym exercises involving barbells and such through better muscular control.
 

Astral

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Oct 27, 2017
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Ordered my bench on Monday and it still hasn't arrive smh
I was thinking of doing this if my gyms stay closed longer than originally planned. An entire bench press setup. Sounds very expensive though. Bench press is an exercise I kinda struggle with and was making my best gains on yet before gyms closed. I’m afraid of falling way behind on it.
 

Laver

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Mar 30, 2018
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Are pushups enough to keep some muscles on my upper body?
It's one of the best pushing exercises, so yes.

Over long periods you will lose total strength capacity specific to dumbbell/barbell loading, however there are lots of ways to progress basic pushing strength like handstands, pseudo planche pushups, planche pushups, etc. Also you can do dips with two chairs!

If you can do these then it should carry over benefits to regular gym exercises involving barbells and such through better muscular control.
While that handstand pushup tutorial is ok, I would note that even the pike pushup is technically tricky to execute correctly, so I'd watch a tutorial specific to that as well (FitnessFAQs uploaded an excellent one).

It's important to note that the pulling strength shouldn't be neglected either. At the very least, find a way to perform bodyweight rows.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I think I need to just buy some gymnastic rings. I should have done this months ago. But I am not sure where I can set it up. Gymnastic rings seem necessary for more advanced bodyweight movements. My gym does not even have gymnastic rings, which is pretty disappointing.
 

Laver

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Mar 30, 2018
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I think I need to just buy some gymnastic rings. I should have done this months ago. But I am not sure where I can set it up. Gymnastic rings seem necessary for more advanced bodyweight movements. My gym does not even have gymnastic rings, which is pretty disappointing.
They are absolutely not necessary for advanced bodyweight movements, as most of them can be performed simply on the floor. However, gym rings are incredibly fun and versatile as they allow you to perform both pushing and pulling movements, slight modifications of exercises can easily scale their difficulty and you can be really creative with your workouts.

I am sadly not particularly good with them, I still need to get a bit stronger. Here's my muscle up:
Once I can do ~5 in a row, I'll move on to more complex moves like the forward and the back roll.
 
Oct 25, 2017
396
Not having a gym sucks haha

I own...

2x 10lb dumbells
2x 15lb dumbells
1x 20lb dumbell
Multiple resistance bands

I went out on Monday before the lockdown and grabbed...

2x 35lb kettlebells as they were out of everything else..
A pull-up bar for pull-ups, chin ups and some dips.


I just remembered my apartment has an outdoor fitness area so did some stuff today to get some sun. Gotta make do! Won't be making any gains but hoping I can maintain.

Make sure to train to fail if you are just using body weight exercises and stuff.