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post #1 of 17
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First off, I know a serious routine involves barbells; this thread is about making the most of the limitations of my current living situation. I can't get to the gym nearly as regularly as I'd like, thanks to my schedule and their hours, so I'm looking for something I can do in my apartment when I can't get to the gym. I live in an on-college-campus apartment, so barbells, other "heavy equipment or machines", and any modifications to the building are unacceptable. Dumbbells and kettlebells are fine, but I'm having difficulty finding good info on putting together a well-rounded routine, i.e. not just a bunch of dumbbell curls and shoulder presses or "GET FIT LIKE NAKED RUSSIAN WARRIOR WITH KETTLEBELLS". Any help putting together a routine for general strength training (not bodybuilding, but of course I want the best results possible, or I wouldn't be bothering to ask) would be greatly appreciated. FWIW, shoulder strength and endurance are my greatest concern, since they're the most limiting for what I do. Thanks!
post #2 of 17
kettlebells are pretty good actually, there's tons of free info on putting programs together. A moderately heavy kettlebell will last you a long time before you outgrow it completely. If you want to bench 300 or squat 400 then I'm sorry sir, you have no choice but to drag your ass to some barbells. But if you're like the majority of goofs here that just want to "get toned and lean" and be able to move a couch, then there are plenty of ways to make do if you have the work ethic.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by robertorex View Post
kettlebells are pretty good actually, there's tons of free info on putting programs together. A moderately heavy kettlebell will last you a long time before you outgrow it completely.
Could you suggest anything in particular? I've been looking, but most of what I've been finding has been along the lines of "magic Russian workout will make you buff". I already am "toned and lean", but I have a lot of trouble getting my hands on barbells when school's in session (I'm not a management or economics major), and I'm tired of losing weight during the semester because of that.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Arbitrary Alias View Post
First off, I know a serious routine involves barbells; this thread is about making the most of the limitations of my current living situation.

I can't get to the gym nearly as regularly as I'd like, thanks to my schedule and their hours, so I'm looking for something I can do in my apartment when I can't get to the gym. I live in an on-college-campus apartment, so barbells, other "heavy equipment or machines", and any modifications to the building are unacceptable. Dumbbells and kettlebells are fine, but I'm having difficulty finding good info on putting together a well-rounded routine, i.e. not just a bunch of dumbbell curls and shoulder presses or "GET FIT LIKE NAKED RUSSIAN WARRIOR WITH KETTLEBELLS".

Any help putting together a routine for general strength training (not bodybuilding, but of course I want the best results possible, or I wouldn't be bothering to ask) would be greatly appreciated. FWIW, shoulder strength and endurance are my greatest concern, since they're the most limiting for what I do.

Thanks!

Get a pullup bar, something like this, so no building modifications are needed
http://www.getirongym.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1
post #5 of 17
Well with puhsups, sit-ups, dumbells (and a bench), and pullups, you can work out your whole body. Flyes, inclines, flats, pullups wide and close, situps, crunches, pushups, lunges and squats for the legs, and some back lifts and your rocking!

Assuming you had access to dumbells
post #6 of 17
I just got some of Ross Enamait's books and I am a believer. Plus, he really walks the walk - an amazing physical specimen. Check out rossfitness.com.
post #7 of 17
The best body weight workouts are the ones involving olympic gymnast style exercises
heres a small article, im sure google will result in more
http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_a...F4D0A-hh.hydra

man, planche pushups are pretty freaking hard
post #8 of 17
Kettlebells rock. And all of that amazing russian warrior training? Well, some of it is actually pretty damn good. If you're talking about Pavel, it's probably the best beginner kettlebell programs out there.
post #9 of 17
pullup bar
post #10 of 17
You can build a decent body and strength with minimal equipment.

Essentials:
- Resistance bands
- Pull-up / dips station (these can be had pretty cheap. Put it in the corner of your room

Exercises you can do are:
- Single leg squats (I do these since I can't load my spine now)
- GHR (fix your feet under some furniture. Will take you time to develop strength do complete these
- Pull-ups / Dips (use bands for assistance / resistance)
- Push-ups (with bands)
- Lunges holding furniture / bag of rice???
- Hand-stand pushup with feet on wall
- Skipping (calves)
- SLDL
- Lateral raises with bag filled with bottles / books
- Overhead squats with books / bottles / bag

The options are limitless... You definitely should get bands and a pull-ups / dips station if you can.
post #11 of 17
You can do the Hershal Walker workout-2500 sit-ups and 1500 push-ups a day. He supposedly does not use weights.
post #12 of 17
I was wondering if single leg squats are bad if you have knee problems?
post #13 of 17
Herschel looks like a beast. And if that's all he's doing for a work out, he must be ingesting something.
post #14 of 17
Get any book by Ross Enamit, an old duffel bag/military sea bag full of rocks/sand/dirt, Perfect Pushup, and an Iron Gym Xtreme pullup bar.

Then get to work.
post #15 of 17
+1 on rosstraining.

Also, in general, I would say don't be such a pussy, go extreme, get maxxxed, axxxed, jacked, shredded and torn.
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