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post #16 of 44
Rent a karate or fighting movie and try to copy the moves. Really....like shadow boxing but you can do it drunk in your hotel room.
post #17 of 44
The prison workout works. Also, do one armed pushups. You'll work your obliques and a lot of muscles you didn't think you had, not to mention your balance. Extra points if you can switch between arms Bruce Lee style. And remember, one arm should be behind your back at all times, so this last trick is tough.
post #18 of 44
Google-ing around, I found this:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mahler55.htm

I can't do them. But a pretty good example of how the body weight exercises can be leveraged.

Two of the effects of lifting iron that I cannot figure out how to replicate are the really heavy dead lift and the really heavy squat. I want to repeat, I'm a reader now, not a lifter. However, from what I read, it seems that these two done very heavy for few repititions are really worthwhile in putting on some muscle.
post #19 of 44
what do burpees actually do?
post #20 of 44
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Originally Posted by itsmeJT
what do burpees actually do?
ok im no physiologist, but I can speak for myself. I do them slightly different to the pic above, i put a full pushup (done very slowly) into the middle. That guy seems to spring back to the lowest point of the pushup and then kick back up again and jump. I spring back to the highest point of the pushup, do pushup, then kick back up and jump. I find that burpees then give me the benefit of those pushups (multiplied out by descending prison workout sets of 15, thats a bunch of pushups). They give me a very solid lower body workout from the explosive jump at the end from a full squat. Sore pecs, triceps, glutes and quads ensue. I suspect there are a bunch of stabilizer things happening as well. Most important in my case is they really get you puffing - a pretty solid part-cardio part-conditioning thing going on.
post #21 of 44
Do they tone pecs, triceps, glutes and quads then?
post #22 of 44
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Originally Posted by itsmeJT
Do they tone pecs, triceps, glutes and quads then?
+ cardio = my experience. not bad for one exercise huh?
post #23 of 44
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Originally Posted by itsmeJT
what do burpees actually do?
according the guy that wrote the prison workout thing...
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Originally Posted by some dude Ive never heard of
That one movement works pretty much the entire body from head to toe by combining a squat with a pushup. Because you're constantly switching from squats to pushups you're teaching your body to use the arms and legs simultaneously, like in a fight. Because you're moving the body from a vertical plane to a horizontal plane continuously, you're learning balance, agility, and the ability to maneuver while lying on the ground and on your feet. Because of the constant alternating use of the arms and legs, your heart has to work twice as hard as if you just did continuous squats or pushups. This movement will give you great endurance as well as upper and lower body strength. You'll notice that you use jumping movements with the legs, back, abs, and arms in this exercise. This will give you speed and explosiveness throughout the whole body.
make of that what you will, but I like them.
post #24 of 44
iso-kinetics .. To keep toned and use the muscles ..
post #25 of 44
There are many burpee variants and some people add pushups, tuck jumps and if you do them near a pullup bar u can jump up and do pull ups Anyone who hasn't done them should really give it a try
post #26 of 44
yeah when i get better tuck jumps is my next challenge. will take me a while though.
post #27 of 44
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Originally Posted by m@T
yeah when i get better tuck jumps is my next challenge.

will take me a while though.


very true, normal burpees are hard enough!
post #28 of 44
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Originally Posted by wallet
remember you burn off fat before muscle.

Nice. Then I should stop training altogether to get ripped.
post #29 of 44
I really have been looking at the workout web sites.
Fabulous quanties of information - some in conflict.

However, this site seems to have a pretty balanced approach to workouts and fitness for endurance:
http://www.crossfit.com/
Go to the forums and read the posts.

Quite a bit of emphasis on body wieght and gymnastic types of exercises. Combined with some Iron and running.
For an example of the results for a somehat "normal" guy, read this thread from another message board:
http://forum.dragondoor.com/training/message/339150/

At this site they have the exercises scaled for more normal people - and for kids, where I probably should think of starting:
http://www.brandxmartialarts.com/

Lots of additional info on body weight exercises:
http://www.fightingarts.com/ubbthrea...23/an/0/page/0
post #30 of 44
good suggestions.

however, hundreds of reps of bodyweight exercises can become boring.

here's an old catch-wrestling game that keeps things interesting.

take a pack of cards and shuffle them.

take one card and flip it over.

if it is a red card, you do a hindu pushup, and you do the number of reps on the card. if it is a face card, you do 15 (or 20 if you are in good shape).

if it is a black card, you do a hindu squat.

do this until you go through the entire deck. don't stop between sets.

the nice thing about this is that it randomizes the number of reps and the exercises, so your body will always keep guessing.
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