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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:04 am

Hello everyone!
I am new to bodyweight exercises.
19yo, 183cm and 70kg weight, an ectomorph.
For now i am doing just basic strenght exercises like push ups, diamond push ups, pseudo planche push ups, biceps bodyweight curl, pull up alternatives because i don't have a place to do regular pull ups, chair dips and few others.
Going to start working out abs and legs these days when i make my exercise plan.

My goal is 80kg and full planche. After that i will find something harder.
I know it will probably take me a year or two to do it but i have enough time :)

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Post by Rastaman on Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:22 am

Hey Thunder, welcome!

Full Planche is a good goal.

Take a look at Josh.T and Alexander_a's logs for progression tips , there both well on the way.
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Post by itlives on Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:27 am

Welcome Thunder (I like your screen name)! Looks like you have a basic plan going. It will change as you grow. There's several young guys in here that can help you on your journey.
Take your time and look at some workout logs for ideas.
Some suggestions-
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About your statement about having "enough time". We never have enough. Use it wisely. 8)
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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:34 am

As i can see they both are doing it with some weights.
I ma not able to go to gym next 3 months and at home i have just a 5kg weight, that's nothing.
I would rather stick to full bodyweight for now.
My only problem is losing motivation after few weeks of exercising and taking a break then so i had to start it over but i guess it was just because i didn't have a good workout plan.

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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:37 am

itlives wrote:Welcome Thunder (I like your screen name)! Looks like you have a basic plan going. It will change as you grow. There's several young guys in here that can help you on your journey.
Take your time and look at some workout logs for ideas.
Some suggestions-
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About your statement about having "enough time". We never have enough. Use it wisely. 8)

I am on the college now, having classes 4 hours a day. Let's say that i study another 4 and sleep 8.
I still get a lot of free time to do all i want.
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Post by Iliander on Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:48 am

Welcome Thunder!
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Post by Cesar on Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:52 am

Thunder wrote:
itlives wrote:Welcome Thunder (I like your screen name)! Looks like you have a basic plan going. It will change as you grow. There's several young guys in here that can help you on your journey.
Take your time and look at some workout logs for ideas.
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About your statement about having "enough time". We never have enough. Use it wisely. 8)

I am on the college now, having classes 4 hours a day. Let's say that i study another 4 and sleep 8.
I still get a lot of free time to do all i want.

We all have different schedules and work hard so yes we all have to make time to get in a training session. You don't need a full hour. Break it up during the day, do what you can when you can. good luck. don't be discouraged by the lack of equipment. You can always come up with something. talk to the guys mentioned about. they will be able to give you ideas and other suggestions.
Good Luck!
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Post by Dave on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:26 pm

Welcome Thunder. Is there no gym at the college?
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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:38 pm

Not at the college :(
there is one which is 50% financed by the college but it is really crowded.
I went there few times and it really annoyed me
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Post by Cesar on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:41 pm

Thunder wrote:Not at the college :(
there is one which is 50% financed by the college but it is really crowded.
I went there few times and it really annoyed me

Some of the younger, college guys on the forum have mentioned the same problem. What they did (fellas correct me if i am wrong) was to go at different times during the day and check out the scene. You might find a "good time" not so crowded time for you. My experience in college was that it was often empty first thing in the AM.

good luck. For the time being, I would suggest to focus on movement/skills that you can do in your room or outdoors when weather permits and that require minimal to no equipment.
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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:47 pm

Believe me i have tried everything with that gym. The problem is that it is 50% cheaper for 2000 students so there is always lot of people in
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Post by Cesar on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:51 pm

Thunder wrote:Believe me i have tried everything with that gym. The problem is that it is 50% cheaper for 2000 students so there is always lot of people in

that sucks. sorry to hear.
Good thing is that you are looking to focus on BWEs (per your intro) so I would say find a nice space in your room to focus on training as well as a nice park with a jungle gym.
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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:55 pm

I moved to new city and still don't know is there any pull up bar close to me, and i can't do it in other peoples backyard :D

Where i lived before i had pull up bar, parallel bars and gym just 10 minutes away from my house. now i am sorry that i didn't use it better
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Post by Cesar on Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:11 pm

Thunder...
for dips (parallel bars) use two chairs.
pull up bar - get creative. get a towel (bath towel) or two small ones and throw over your door, shut door and viola! poor man's pull up bar. yes, not too much range but you can get the movement for some time.

Anyway, just ideas...if you go to http://www.rosstraining.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=157
you'll find simple ways to "build" what you need, cheap and effective. hopefully this helps.

Now get to work!!!!
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Post by Thunder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:21 pm

These shouldn't be hard to make.
I guess it should help until i get a real pull up bar.

For now i can do some of those
http://www.fitness666.com/2012/09/how-to-do-pull-ups-without-pull-up-bar.html
2nd pic and table pulls.
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Post by Cesar on Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:28 pm

ingenuity is a beautiful thing. enjoy....


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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:15 am

ok now i am able to do this
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5S78IVNyfDw/UFK-MbPwasI/AAAAAAAAAuw/sU1L7il479o/s200/door+pull+ups.jpg

doors are stronger than i expected :D
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Post by Rastaman on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:17 am

I hope it's a rental :twisted:
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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:24 am

ofc it is :D
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Post by Avocadoshake on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:46 am

Hello thunder, i thought i had already replied? :confuzed:
Anyway, we share the same height and almost the same weight goals.
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Post by Cesar on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:38 am

Thunder wrote:ok now i am able to do this
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5S78IVNyfDw/UFK-MbPwasI/AAAAAAAAAuw/sU1L7il479o/s200/door+pull+ups.jpg

doors are stronger than i expected :D

that works. my only concern would be the strength of the hinges. if you put something under the door itself it would add some more support and not stress the hinges so much.
the other way would be to tie a knot on each side of the towel and hang over door, shut door and pull as much as you want.
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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:56 am

I put a screwdriver under the door to keep the same height of both sides so there shouldn't be much damage.

Tried pulling the towel yesterday but this seems more effective.
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Post by Cesar on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:57 am

Thunder wrote:I put a screwdriver under the door to keep the same height of both sides so there shouldn't be much damage.

Tried pulling the towel yesterday but this seems more effective.

good luck. whatever works...get a training log going and let us know how it goes.
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Post by Dave on Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:20 am

I've never liked door pullups. Hindered ROM (in most places I've tried them) and most doors now are way to flimsy for a ≈200# man to be hanging from.
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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:26 am

i should do pull ups in one day and push ups in other, right?
my plan was something like this:
Mon- push ups, diamond push ups, hip push ups, dips, abs and legs
Tue- pull ups, biceps bw curl
Wed- push ups, diamond push ups, hip push ups, dips, abs and legs
Thu- pull ups, biceps bw curl
Fri- push ups, diamond push ups, hip push ups, dips, abs and legs
Sat- pull ups, biceps bw curl
Sun- rest

When i do pull ups and push ups they both include chest muscles so don't know are they going to have time to recover.
I need few more exercises for pull up day.
Fell free to give me some suggestions :)


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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:28 am

Dave.cyco wrote:I've never liked door pullups. Hindered ROM (in most places I've tried them) and most doors now are way to flimsy for a ≈200# man to be hanging from.

well i am around 154lbs/70kg and my doors are pretty stable( at least for now).
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Post by itlives on Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:34 am


If you want to workout everyday, that plan will work - for a while.
You can work your legs and core everyday if you want since you're only doing BWE.
Suggestions on more pull stuff would be to vary hand position, length (time-wise) of the pull, type-writer or around the world (you tube), static- holds.
Also, you could vary the type of training as in doing multiple timed sets for a numbered goal (like 100 in 10 minutes)
I like doing circuits- example-
5 pull-ups
10 Push -up
15 squats
X 10
For time = AMRAP (as many rounds as poss.) or for a 10 minute block.

The above can and probably will turn into something like-
10 pull-ups
10 Pike push-ups
15 jump squats

You never know about using the neighbors swing set or jungle-gym unless you ask! You'd be surprised at the folks willing to help young people that are interested in a healthy lifestyle! I sure beats the "usual" crowd!
Pull-ups work mostly back so don't worry about that interfering with the pushes.

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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:04 pm

But pull ups/push ups day like this is ok for now? i could do it both in one day but then i would need to rest the next day so it would be working out 3 times a week.

In few weeks i will make some variations to this, add some harder exercises but for now i just need to have some plan to follow.

And about neighbouring stuff, i am not really sure about that. I came here in October 2012 and barely know any of them. And most of these people would first think that i could break something.
No jungle-gyms so far here, but i am still looking :)
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Post by itlives on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:26 pm

Thunder wrote:But pull ups/push ups day like this is ok for now? i could do it both in one day but then i would need to rest the next day so it would be working out 3 times a week.


And about neighbouring stuff, i am not really sure about that. I came here in October 2012 and barely know any of them. And most of these people would first think that i could break something.
No jungle-gyms so far here, but i am still looking :)

Sure, nothing wrong with your plan for now. It will change as you do.
My workout plans are about 3X a week but I'm a lot older, so I do it the way I described.
Nothing stays the same except change.

Getting to know neighbors is a hard thing these days. My neighbor across the street won't even look at me. I've tried to talk to him and get a blank stare. I think there's not much behind the stare....
You just never know until you try.

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Post by Avocadoshake on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:38 pm

Pullups - look harder. :shocked:
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Post by Avocadoshake on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:41 pm

I'm better now, thanks to the pullup challenge last year.
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Post by Thunder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:48 pm

I found a guy who lives here and doing bw and heavy weights.
Sent him a mail so he should be able to find something for me.
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Post by Cesar on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:53 pm

Thunder wrote:I found a guy who lives here and doing bw and heavy weights.
Sent him a mail so he should be able to find something for me.

Awesome...good luck!!!

Just a thought but have you ever contemplated the idea of starting a BWE social club at your school. I bet there are at least a handful of people who are in the same boat as you. just a thought!!!
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