Good way to continue building strength or maintaining strength, without weights

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by HawkEyes Mihawk, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Well I cant go to the GYM anymore. So I was wondering what I can do to keep my strength up? I mean I know of Push ups and Pull ups, but what else? I was thinking, strapping a back pack onto my back, and putting books or some kind of shit in there, too add weight to my push ups.

    Also, what is something good to deadlift?
     
  2. gza

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    you can do alot with just a shitty pair of adjustable spinlock dumbells like curls, extensions, wings, overhead press, cleans, snatches... well you get the point.

    handstand pushups are really good, and pushups with someone on your backor some added weight. i think it would be hard ot replicate a deadlift in a safe manner but wo knows i mean if you have a barbell and dumbells you can do a tons of stuff even without a bench or squat rack or anything like that.
     
  4. finnegan

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    Make some sandbags. They are cheap, variable weight, and work really well.
     
  5. What is the best way to do dips? My chairs arent big enough.
     
  6. flak

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    Have you looked around for other weight-room options? Depending on where you live and what you do, you may have options at apartment-complex gyms, university fitness centers, workplace gyms, community centers, etc. They may not be perfect but it could help.

    Do you have the option of buying an Oly barbell set and using it at home? You can generally get a bar, collars and 300 lbs. of weights for around $100-$150.

    If that's not possible, then making a sandbag is a good choice. A canvas duffle bag, a mess o' Ziploc bags, a couple rolls of duct tape and a couple hundred pounds of "play sand" from the local home-supply store shouldn't set you back more than $50 or $60. Here's one set of instructions on how to do it -- http://www.workingclassfitness.com/sandbagconstruction.shtml
     
  7. Im so poor, I got a cardboard box, and put two pairs of shoes and a phonebook inside of it, than did push ups. It was pretty much all i can find for weight. And honestly I dont even have 50 bucks, I got layed off of my job and am currently looking for a new one. So I have to make due with what I have so far. I barely make rent when it is due.
     
  8. flak

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    ^^^ Sorry to hear it, man. Good luck with the job search.

    Definitely look for a playground, they usually have some kind of equipment you can use for pull ups and chins.

    As far as added weight, check thrift stores for backpacks -- you can probably pick one up for a couple bucks and throw some books in it for added weight for squats, lunges, pull ups, chin ups, push ups, etc.

    If there are woods nearby you could try poking around for rocks and logs you can lift. Be careful about footing and watch out for bugs.

    If you have a car, or know someone with a car, you may be able to do car pushes in a quiet parking lot.

    Finally, do you know anybody with a weight set, or with access to a gym where membership isn't gonna be an issue? For instance, a friend who lives at an apartment complex with a "fitness center" where residents can pretty much come and go as they please, with no supervision? Maybe they can help you out 'til you get back on your feet.

    Be creative, you'll find ways to make it happen.
     
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    check ross' forums, theres a lot of guys in there with routines which are bodyweight-oriented
     
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    Grapple someone stronger, heavier and/or better than you.
     
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    Richard Emling Black Belt Professional Fighter

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    sorry to hear about your bad luck i hope it all turns around for you, as far as training is ther a park neer you? i take my kids to the park and then use the equpiment to do dips, chins, push ups ect.
     
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    Dips, push-ups and pull-ups, chin-ups with weight in your back pack.

    Pistols and jumping squats for legs (with weight in the back pack when/if you can).

    Sand bags for odd lifting.

    I think those are the best ideas so far from other guys.
     

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