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Triple digit golfer wrote: Wed May 06, 2020 3:20 pm [Thread merge into here, see below (next page). --admin LadyGeek]

I will be doing chin-ups on July 1. Classic, palms facing me chin-ups.

I made a bet with a guy from work that I would be able to do 30 by July 1. He seems to think it is impossible and only some freak of nature would be able to accomplish such a feat.

So, my goal is to be able to do 30 chin-ups by July 1, which is 56 days from now. I can currently do 18.

What is the best way for me to increase my one set maximum?

Do I aim for X number of chin-ups per workout, and do it over however many sets I desire? Or do I do Y numbers of sets and increase the total that way?

Last workout I did 15-14-12-8. So 49 total. I can start with 18 to failure, but in subsequent sets I wouldn't be able to do as many.

Just wondering what the best way to increase my ability to do as many as possible on one set. That is the only goal.
Do pull-ups every day. Everyday do one more pull-up than you did the day before. Don't stop when you get to 30. That should get the job done.
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This thread was never about doing pull-ups--or anything for that matter--to failure.

It was just about doing them.

Do your sets of exercises and then go on about your day. What a concept.

(I've learned that if there's a way to complicate things, people will typically find it.)
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This thread is full of great information--great discussions!

As someone with a small frame (5'7", 145lbs), I've always been a big fan of bodyweight fitness because it's my competitive advantage over the average person. When I was younger I was the weird kid who did flips off your trampoline or ran up the side of your house to climb onto the roof and promptly jump off... but, now that I'm older and don't train with quite as much intensity... I had to put a lot of that stuff on the shelf. Injuries take so much longer to recover from now. Most recently I've decided I need to give up on muscle-ups... I did them in sets of 10 for years, but lately they've started hurting my neck.

I mostly stick to the big three now and any variations among them: pushups, pullups, and squats. Below is my current workout plan I've been doing for a week and a half now--I like to change things up every 3 weeks. The first thing I do every morning (which I've done without fail for over 2 years now!!) is move every joint in my body through full range of motion multiple times (flex/extend toes 10 times each; roll ankles clockwise 10 times each, counterclockwise 10 times each; knee circles 10x each direction... You get the point). This only takes about 5 minutes and is great at pointing out problem areas that day, loosening everything up, and getting the synovial fluid... more fluid. I then walk for 30-60 minutes. After each workout I spend ~10 minutes on stretching/breathing. I also try to spend 20-30 minutes swimming every day but that doesn't always happen. I realize most people probably don't want to spend 1-2 hrs exercising (or feel they don't have the time) but it's more like a hobby than a checklist item for me--health and fitness was pretty much my first love.

Mon: Pullups, Handstand Pushups (against wall), Single-Leg Squats
Tue: Sprints
Wed: Dips, Kettlebell-Swing Squats, Inverted Dips
Thu: Sprints
Fri: Archer Squats, Inverted Rows, Pushups
Sat: 20min of yoga/breathing/stretching
Sun: rest

Not really relevant to the topic, but I also try to meld my diet with the workout--eat healthy Mon-Fri, but take it easy on the weekends.

For pullups, dips, inverted dips, pushups, and inverted rows I use Olympic rings. I realize that inverted dips aren't really a thing, but I always like to balance movements out, and it was the only real "opposite" to dips that I could come up with. It's not really a motion used every day :mrgreen:

Oh, and I'm curious how many pullups you do after my post, livesoft!
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I did 5. We both weigh the same, but I am almost 6 ft tall. My arms have no muscles.

I'm going backpacking for a little while in about an hour, so y'all have at this thread --- since I won't be able see it, I won't have to do any pull-ups! :)
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Triple digit golfer wrote: Wed May 06, 2020 3:20 pm [Thread merge into here, see below (next page). --admin LadyGeek]

I will be doing chin-ups on July 1. Classic, palms facing me chin-ups.

I made a bet with a guy from work that I would be able to do 30 by July 1. He seems to think it is impossible and only some freak of nature would be able to accomplish such a feat.

So, my goal is to be able to do 30 chin-ups by July 1, which is 56 days from now. I can currently do 18.

What is the best way for me to increase my one set maximum?

Do I aim for X number of chin-ups per workout, and do it over however many sets I desire? Or do I do Y numbers of sets and increase the total that way?

Last workout I did 15-14-12-8. So 49 total. I can start with 18 to failure, but in subsequent sets I wouldn't be able to do as many.

Just wondering what the best way to increase my ability to do as many as possible on one set. That is the only goal.
Howdy

Today is the day! Any update?

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WildBill wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:53 pm
Triple digit golfer wrote: Wed May 06, 2020 3:20 pm [Thread merge into here, see below (next page). --admin LadyGeek]

I will be doing chin-ups on July 1. Classic, palms facing me chin-ups.

I made a bet with a guy from work that I would be able to do 30 by July 1. He seems to think it is impossible and only some freak of nature would be able to accomplish such a feat.

So, my goal is to be able to do 30 chin-ups by July 1, which is 56 days from now. I can currently do 18.

What is the best way for me to increase my one set maximum?

Do I aim for X number of chin-ups per workout, and do it over however many sets I desire? Or do I do Y numbers of sets and increase the total that way?

Last workout I did 15-14-12-8. So 49 total. I can start with 18 to failure, but in subsequent sets I wouldn't be able to do as many.

Just wondering what the best way to increase my ability to do as many as possible on one set. That is the only goal.
Howdy

Today is the day! Any update?

W B
Thanks for bringing this back up.

So here's the deal. Over the last couple weeks, the guy kept saying that he really didn't want to bet, that it was just in jest and he wouldn't bet money on something like that. Fine, I'm not going to start World War 3 over a chin-up bet.

I've been training using the method outlined here under the "Rep Record" section:

https://bretcontreras.com/how-to-increa ... -chin-ups/

I actually finished Week 4 for the second time yesterday (I fudged it a little to get through two full cycles, doing chin-ups two days in a row very early on) and am going to do my test on Saturday after giving myself a few days to rest and recover. Honestly, I don't know if I'm there yet. I think high 20s is likely. I will update on Saturday.
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I can do 15 to 20 pull ups each morning. I think if I use some of these training ideas, I can work up higher. I miss the weight classes at my club during quarantine. I have worked up to a 15 minute calisthenic routine and repeat it each morning at home. I already had a 40 lb barbell, two 20 lb dumb bells and a Bosu ball. I start with my pull ups and move quickly into
60 full jumping jacks
30 fast deep pushups
20 plank jacks
20 deep squats
20 lunges per leg
20 chest presses/ barbell lying on the ball
20 dips on the coffee table
20 slow curls
I get out on a walk or bike every day. Sometimes longer, sometimes, not so long.

It's a short routine, so I'll actually DO it.
I would skip a longer, harder workout. I know me.

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Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
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Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I actually worked out with Herschel Walker (at an MMA gym) about 15yrs ago; there were a lot of weights involved. He's a fascinating guy and there are a lot of urban legends out there about him (most of which he was involved in starting and perpetuating).
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stoptothink wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:11 pm
Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I actually worked out with Herschel Walker (at an MMA gym) about 15yrs ago; there were a lot of weights involved. He's a fascinating guy and there are a lot of urban legends out there about him (most of which he was involved in starting and perpetuating).
That's very cool. There is no way to build a body like Herschel Walker did without weights. So it doesn't surprise me that the workout involved lots of weights. I believe he probably did a ton of bodyweight exercises, but that muscle base was built primarily with weights.
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Triple digit golfer wrote: Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:54 am
stoptothink wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:11 pm
Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I actually worked out with Herschel Walker (at an MMA gym) about 15yrs ago; there were a lot of weights involved. He's a fascinating guy and there are a lot of urban legends out there about him (most of which he was involved in starting and perpetuating).
That's very cool. There is no way to build a body like Herschel Walker did without weights. So it doesn't surprise me that the workout involved lots of weights. I believe he probably did a ton of bodyweight exercises, but that muscle base was built primarily with weights.
The coolest thing about being an S&C professional is the people you get to workout with, not so much the money. At the time I was the strength coach for a well-known professional MMA club (that is no longer in existence). Herschel was in incredible shape for someone in his mid-40's, but much of the stories about his unusual exercise modalities and nutrition philosophies aren't true, as far as I saw with my own eyes.
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Triple digit golfer wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:33 am
WildBill wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:53 pm
Triple digit golfer wrote: Wed May 06, 2020 3:20 pm [Thread merge into here, see below (next page). --admin LadyGeek]

I will be doing chin-ups on July 1. Classic, palms facing me chin-ups.

I made a bet with a guy from work that I would be able to do 30 by July 1. He seems to think it is impossible and only some freak of nature would be able to accomplish such a feat.

So, my goal is to be able to do 30 chin-ups by July 1, which is 56 days from now. I can currently do 18.

What is the best way for me to increase my one set maximum?

Do I aim for X number of chin-ups per workout, and do it over however many sets I desire? Or do I do Y numbers of sets and increase the total that way?

Last workout I did 15-14-12-8. So 49 total. I can start with 18 to failure, but in subsequent sets I wouldn't be able to do as many.

Just wondering what the best way to increase my ability to do as many as possible on one set. That is the only goal.
Howdy

Today is the day! Any update?

W B
Thanks for bringing this back up.

So here's the deal. Over the last couple weeks, the guy kept saying that he really didn't want to bet, that it was just in jest and he wouldn't bet money on something like that. Fine, I'm not going to start World War 3 over a chin-up bet.

I've been training using the method outlined here under the "Rep Record" section:

https://bretcontreras.com/how-to-increa ... -chin-ups/

I actually finished Week 4 for the second time yesterday (I fudged it a little to get through two full cycles, doing chin-ups two days in a row very early on) and am going to do my test on Saturday after giving myself a few days to rest and recover. Honestly, I don't know if I'm there yet. I think high 20s is likely. I will update on Saturday.
I did 26. Still happy with my progress and results even though I didn't get 30. Maybe had the bet still been on I would have squeezed out more, but I doubt I could have willed myself to 4 more.
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Thanks for the update TDG! I'm at zero after getting to 15 reps comfortably. Did something wrong so starting all over.

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Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I'll bite; I'm a gym rat and when my gym was closed I did switch to mainly body weight but did u a weighted backpack for some exercises.

What many folks forget about weights compared to body weight is they get you results faster with a lot fewer reps which reduces overuse injuries.
There are other benefits also from coordination, bone density, etc. and the benefits increase with free weights to include cardio.

Regardless, I'm happy that folks are getting after it!
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It's nearly impossible to add muscle to legs just by doing bodyweight squats once you've already trained properly with weights for years. Same can be said for nearly every muscle group. This is the longest layoff from weights I've had in 20 years and I've lost a good amount of muscle despite a high protein diet and continued physical bodyweight training. I miss the gym and can't wait to get back (tomorrow!)
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RobLyons wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:40 am It's nearly impossible to add muscle to legs just by doing bodyweight squats once you've already trained properly with weights for years. Same can be said for nearly every muscle group. This is the longest layoff from weights I've had in 20 years and I've lost a good amount of muscle despite a high protein diet and continued physical bodyweight training. I miss the gym and can't wait to get back (tomorrow!)
FYSA, an Army ruck can easily hold 100 pounds of weight which I use for ruck-based exercises when I can't get to the gym.
Certainly doesn't replace a gym but it WILL wear you out.

Just be careful as rucking is a completely different type of weight to balance.
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My rehab doctor and also one specialist recently suggested to "avoid inactivity" as a "balance" to weekly home gym routines. And, not to overdo the gym work. The idea here is to maintain fitness through an active vs sedentary lifestyle in order to maintain and enjoy the lifestyle we want/need.
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Of course, there's focus on weightlifting, body building, etc, as a hobby or sport in and of itself, much like running.

The OP brings attention to "pull ups and push ups" and other routines as a means to the former and not a means to an end in itself. IE: goal 1000 pushups and really healthy pecs. (humor).

Ponderings:
(Sometimes workout fitness routines are already integrated in our daily lifestyle so compensate accordingly to avoid overuse and injury in the gym)

1. Lying on a rolling creeper and servicing a lawn mower, a tractor, etc, is like upside down pushups and really works those pecs.
2. Going up and down a 25 foot ladder to install bird spike strips on the house soffit, with a heavy tool belt, is similar to squat reps.
3. Doing overhead installation of things requiring pushing up on a drill or impact driver is similar to an overhead press and really develops delts, etc.
4. Bending under the hood of a tractor while trying to find a radiator leak is like doing "bent over rows"?
5. Not sure what lifestyle activity replicates pull ups?

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five2one wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:35 am
Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I'll bite; I'm a gym rat and when my gym was closed I did switch to mainly body weight but did u a weighted backpack for some exercises.

What many folks forget about weights compared to body weight is they get you results faster with a lot fewer reps which reduces overuse injuries.
There are other benefits also from coordination, bone density, etc. and the benefits increase with free weights to include cardio.

Regardless, I'm happy that folks are getting after it!
I'm a lifetime lifter and former competitive powerlifter (and PhD exercise physiologist). I was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome about 2yrs ago and can not put a load on my spine without severe pain. This means absolutely no olympic lifting, no more loaded squats, deadlifts, overhead presses (and bench presses/loaded pullups I have to be very cautious with), I have to be careful about loads when pushing/pulling my sled, etc. I do a ton of bodyweight exercises, loaded pullups, moderate-load sled push/pulls, trx/rings, and (for good or bad) I look like a totally different human in 2yrs. I've gone from ~205-210 (at <10% BF in dexa) to a similar body composition but ~180. To be fair, I've also started getting into mountain climbing/mountaineering, but there is simply no way to maintain significant muscle mass without weights (this is good or bad depending on your goals). Biggest issue for me is posterior chain strength, I am very much considering getting a reverse hyper.
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Arbitrary short term goals are often a negative factor in maintaining life long fitness. Just a caution to those who are not lifelong fitness folks. Trying to hit a relatively extreme rep number goal (especially with a high stress exercise) is a good way to injure yourself. Best way to avoid injury is to work a number of reps that tires the muscle, but also allows you to maintain good form, posture, and alignment during the set. Struggling to get to a high rep number, especially for high stress or heavy weight exercise, usually produces a loss of form and body alignment, and that is very conducive to hurting yourself.
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stoptothink wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:49 am
five2one wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:35 am
Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I'll bite; I'm a gym rat and when my gym was closed I did switch to mainly body weight but did u a weighted backpack for some exercises.

What many folks forget about weights compared to body weight is they get you results faster with a lot fewer reps which reduces overuse injuries.
There are other benefits also from coordination, bone density, etc. and the benefits increase with free weights to include cardio.

Regardless, I'm happy that folks are getting after it!
I'm a lifetime lifter and former competitive powerlifter (and PhD exercise physiologist). I was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome about 2yrs ago and can not put a load on my spine without severe pain. This means absolutely no olympic lifting, no more loaded squats, deadlifts, overhead presses (and bench presses/loaded pullups I have to be very cautious with), I have to be careful about loads when pushing/pulling my sled, etc. I do a ton of bodyweight exercises, loaded pullups, moderate-load sled push/pulls, trx/rings, and (for good or bad) I look like a totally different human in 2yrs. I've gone from ~205-210 (at <10% BF in dexa) to a similar body composition but ~180. To be fair, I've also started getting into mountain climbing/mountaineering, but there is simply no way to maintain significant muscle mass without weights (this is good or bad depending on your goals). Biggest issue for me is posterior chain strength, I am very much considering getting a reverse hyper.
Non medical but fitness related:
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is nasty. And, extremely painful! (also related to Adhesive Capsulitis/frozen shoulder due to trauma or overuse). My PT once said, "motion is lotion" so great that you keep moving and also maintain range of motion.
Consider overall fitness and lifestyle balance over muscle mass later on with aging.
The lifestyle activities maintain fitness as well.
Great job staying fit!

What is a "reverse hyper?"

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Has anyone read the book "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle"? The author emphasizes the need for strength training, even to the extent of being the most important type of workout you can do, even over cardio. However, he also recommends strength training, cardio, and stretching/flexibility as all being important. I am 69+ and been doing weight lifting and strength training for 5 years, I consider it the foundation of my workouts. And yes I do pushups and situps too. The book really opened my eyes as to the importance of strength training.

https://www.amazon.com/Burn-Fat-Feed-Mu ... 0804137846
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Sandtrap wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:35 am
stoptothink wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:49 am
five2one wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:35 am
Ependytis wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises have helped me avoid injuries.They can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere especially with a TRX suspension system or it’s generic equivalent. With Covid-19, I didn’t interrupt my exercise routine at all. How many diehard weightlifters can say that?
I'll bite; I'm a gym rat and when my gym was closed I did switch to mainly body weight but did u a weighted backpack for some exercises.

What many folks forget about weights compared to body weight is they get you results faster with a lot fewer reps which reduces overuse injuries.
There are other benefits also from coordination, bone density, etc. and the benefits increase with free weights to include cardio.

Regardless, I'm happy that folks are getting after it!
I'm a lifetime lifter and former competitive powerlifter (and PhD exercise physiologist). I was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome about 2yrs ago and can not put a load on my spine without severe pain. This means absolutely no olympic lifting, no more loaded squats, deadlifts, overhead presses (and bench presses/loaded pullups I have to be very cautious with), I have to be careful about loads when pushing/pulling my sled, etc. I do a ton of bodyweight exercises, loaded pullups, moderate-load sled push/pulls, trx/rings, and (for good or bad) I look like a totally different human in 2yrs. I've gone from ~205-210 (at <10% BF in dexa) to a similar body composition but ~180. To be fair, I've also started getting into mountain climbing/mountaineering, but there is simply no way to maintain significant muscle mass without weights (this is good or bad depending on your goals). Biggest issue for me is posterior chain strength, I am very much considering getting a reverse hyper.
Non medical but fitness related:
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is nasty. And, extremely painful! (also related to Adhesive Capsulitis/frozen shoulder due to trauma or overuse). My PT once said, "motion is lotion" so great that you keep moving and also maintain range of motion.
Consider overall fitness and lifestyle balance over muscle mass later on with aging.
The lifestyle activities maintain fitness as well.
Great job staying fit!

What is a "reverse hyper?"

j :happy
A reverse hyper is a machine invented by powerlifting legend Louie Simmons. He developed the machine after breaking his back. It's a way to train your posterior chain while simultaneously decompressing your spine. This is probably my Xmas gift to myself. https://www.titan.fitness/strength/spec ... 00593.html
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RobLyons wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:40 am It's nearly impossible to add muscle to legs just by doing bodyweight squats once you've already trained properly with weights for years. Same can be said for nearly every muscle group. This is the longest layoff from weights I've had in 20 years and I've lost a good amount of muscle despite a high protein diet and continued physical bodyweight training. I miss the gym and can't wait to get back (tomorrow!)
Agree for the advanced lifter it may be difficult but for the novice or intermediate one can definitely build muscle with bodyweight training, there are ways to add load to bodyweight training. Below are a couple of routines on reddit
https://reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness/ ... ndroid_app

And

https://www.reddit.com/r/naturalbodybui ... urce=share

Adding TRX type straps, weighted backpack, pull up bar, even a weighted bucket can make things interesting, Anyways many of us enjoy it to just stay in shape.
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