Using own body weight
- 03-04-2008, 12:51 PM
Using own body weight
I have read that using your own body weight for training can be a great way of working out versus using weights. For example, doing decline pushups, flat pushups, bar dips, pull ups, etc. Seemingly many of these workouts do involve the tri's bi's back, shoulders, nearly every muscle. Granted some people can just do pushups and be ripped, but I wanted to see if anyone else has trained this way or has seen it as if not more effective in some cases.
- 03-04-2008, 02:18 PM
I love pull ups(back)chin ups(bi's)and dips(tri's)and do them on a regular basis,but i would never do only them and other body weight exercises.You would have chicken legs with horrible calves(although thats normal for most)
03-04-2008, 03:37 PM
Body weight exercises are great, but they lack progressive overload. An increase in volume (more & more reps), will eventually lead to an adaption in muscle endurance and not hypertrophy. You need a certain amount of intensity to stimulate muscle growth and strength. In the beginning, body weight pull ups, push ups, dips, may be intense enough to stimulate growth and strength, but those adaption(s) will quickly diminish without the presence of progressive "intensity" overload.
NSCA - CSCS
03-04-2008, 03:57 PM
Week1. body weight routine 12%bf
Week2. Bf 16%
Week3. Bf 20%
Week4. Bf 26%
See where I'm going with this
Seriously though body weight routines are reserved for JAIL TIME ONLY!!!
03-04-2008, 04:00 PM
or you can hire midgets to hang on to you while doing pull ups, sit on your back while doing push ups and things like that
03-04-2008, 04:10 PM
I do a combo of bodyweight exercises at high reps with no rest as a superset with a weighted exercise . I'm seeing awesome cuts combing the two.
03-04-2008, 04:14 PM
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03-04-2008, 05:30 PM
As you're muscles get bigger you are providing progressive overload.If anything thats what the dip belts are for.You always hear to focus on basic heavy lifts for the most part.How many times can you curl your bodyweight?I'm guessing not as many times as you can do chin ups,I seriously started seeing better fullness in my bi's once i started doing them regularly.Strap on some weight and hit some low reps for better strength gains.I would love to be doing sets of 10-12 with weight,when most skinny guys try that half jump thing and never make it up.And weighted dips for tri's are just beutifull,I can't hit my chest right with dips for chest for some reason.
03-04-2008, 05:45 PM
03-04-2008, 05:53 PM
03-04-2008, 06:05 PM
Bodyweight exercises are good and have their place in a fitness program, but as far as bodybuilding, no push up can compare to even a light bench.
Chin ups are hard as hell with just bodyweight, but even that over time will diminish in gains and you wouldn't make enough actual lean muscle gain from that alone to be considered an effective progressive overload (unless you're on a cheese pizza and sugar bowls diet)
NSCA - CSCS
03-04-2008, 06:15 PM
Good points.I said in my first post that i would never do full bodyweight wo's.That being said i will always include dips,chins,and pull ups in my routines,just like sq's and deads.I always use the dip belt on dips and can use on pull ups and chins,but only for low reps........One day i will look like Frank mcgrath in that picture with 4 or 5 plates..........That'l be the day
03-04-2008, 06:22 PM
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