Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by GhostRider, Jun 26, 2004.
Ooo....intriguing. Wonder if Borders will order it for me....hehe.
Actually, if you structure your routine in a well-balanced way you usually only have to hit the forearms as far as isolation goes... here's a couple of examples...
.1) Hindu Squats (entire lower body & cardio)
.2) DIPS (triceps and shoulders)
.3) Wall Chairs (entire lower body & endurance)
.4) Forearm Curls
.5) Standing Calf Raises (calves)
.1) Hindu Push-Ups (entire upper body & cardio)
.2) From-The-Floor-Pull-Ups with the palms facing up(Biceps and chest)
.3) Back Bridge (or) Wall Walking (or) Bridge on Swiss Ball (or) Partial Back Bridge with feet on ball and butt on floor
.4) Forearm Extensions
.5) Grip Routine
Just an example of how you could theoretically hit ALL your major muscle groups with little of no weights, keep the routine balanced, and keep it light and short since most of us do not have forever and a day to do all our exercises. I did notably leave out the CORE part of the routine so as to keep the example short.
Welshwarrior, thank you so much for the link. The Tiger Bend Push-Up (I've been doing it the last few days) is gggrrrreeeeaaattt!!! LOL! Serious, that's the first place that shows how to properly do it, at least that I could find. And before this, I was told that it was called an elbow push-up and it was hinted at (and poorly explained) in the XBX manual. Thanks!
The way I work you I have three days of the week.
Monday= Shoulders, back
Wednesday= Chest, Pushing things
Friday= Forearms, Pulling things, Legs
I do core every other day as well.
Buy it direct. Knowing Borders it'll probably be marked up 400% LOL.
Yeah, I know what ya mean! I ordered a book I needed that costs on average probably3 bucks. I had to pay like, 7 bucks for it! ARRRR!!!!
No, it will not. It will give you good endurance, some strength, but only 1 or 2 pounds of muscle.
It doesn't build big muscles like weights, but it does give you functional strength.
I want functional strength. If my muscles get slightly bigger, than that's just a perk. Not my main goal to get huge. :Angel:
Could I just suggest to you that in order to gain strength, as opposed to muscular endurance, you are going to have to get considerably bigger?
That's a possibility. But as you get bigger, strength in relation to muscle size actually doesn't increase. So I'd prefer to go for just pure strength without getting huge. I'm already lightly built I suppose (5'8" 140 lbs.). Since I wrestled I'm strong but not huge, and I'd like to add to that strength without getting too much bigger, plus I don't have the means to get a lot bigger muscularly.
Incorrect. You ever heard of neurological training? It's how powerlifters get so strong while staying in a low weight class. Yes, at some point there is a limit where you have to get bigger to get stronger, but I don't think there is anyone on this site that has reached that level.
To those who've seen the BronzeBow link - John Peterson is not as big as most bodybuilders, but I'd like to see most bodybuilders do 39 pullups, or freestanding handstand pushups with a 50lb weight vest on, or 500 consecutive Atlas pushups.
Of course a typical bodybuilder couldn't do all those feats. They're about form, not function. Not to say that you couldn't get a great physique AND be freaky strong. It's just highly irregular.
and where's the greatest site of all?
"Kick Ass, Take Names"
Ask Trent (1onefighting). Or yoda for that matter.
SOME adaptation to resistance comes without size gains- but no worthwhile gains in strength come without some gain in size.
Matt furey's big problems- bodyweight fanaticism, acting like an idiot from time to time.
More like one of the worst sites. I've grown to despise him now really.
As to strength vs size: strength is directly proportional to the cross-sectional area of the muscle fibre, not the surrounding components of muscle that are built when bodybuilding. Neurological training is actually pretty specific to certain movements, and it is the muscle fibre size gains that are giving you most of the cross-over strength.
And that's why I put 60 lbs on my squat in 2 months even though I only gained about 6 lbs. You can have small muscles and still be strong. It's all in your genes, your diet, and how you workout.
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