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Old 02-25-2010, 04:36 PM
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I'm pretty weak and I need to build some strength. What are some good arm strength building exercises? I can't go to the gym. Are push ups good? Is lifting a heavy backpack with your arms fully extended (to make it harder/heavier to lift) good?

How much strength do you lose if you don't train? I'd like to get to a good level of strength, and I would like to retain 80% of that strength without much training afterwards. Is that reasonable?

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Old 02-25-2010, 04:38 PM
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BTW, is 15-30 minutes of practice every day enough? I'm looking to double my strength (from a very low starting point). Is it reasonable to achieve that in 3 months?
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:30 PM
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Why can't you get to the gym?

1. Push ups with hands close in and wide.
2. Pull ups with a wide grip, close pronated and supinated grip.
3. Triceps dips.

These can be done at home or out in the yard.

Can you get some equipment like dumbells at home? that would be a great start.
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:23 AM
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Being strong is not all about having a strong upper body. Real-life strength mostly comes from the lower body and is supported via a strong core. Without a stable base, upper body strength means very little in terms of practicality.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 02-26-2010, 06:05 AM
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^^^ ditto

If you are starting from a very low strength level than doubling your strength shouldn't be too tough.

But you have to be clear on what 'doubling your strength' means. Primarily it's going to mean being able to lift double the weight on whatever implement and lift you are using. Depending on what you do that does not necessarily mean you're going to be able to bring that strength to bear in any kind of useful way.

So, in other words, like IW was saying, you can build up very strong biceps but still not be able to carry shit because your your core is too weak.

Also, while doubling your strength in say a deadlift type movement (like lifting the backpack to your waist) would be easy, doubling your strength in a clean or something would be quite hard. That is, it depends on the exercise, how technical it is, and how many large muscle groups are involved, etc...

As always, it depends.

Given that, pushups, pullups and something like a heavy backpack or sandbag is fine and you can train with that in various ways.

You don't need to train every single day.

And yes, once you get the strength level you want it should be fairly easy to maintain 80% of that without a lot of training. But you need to know how to do that effectively and without getting hurt.

The reason I mention getting hurt while maintaining strength is because often times people train with a very low frequency and just go in and try to lift as heavy as possible so they can say, "I am just as strong".

However, you need a certain frequency and profiency to be able to do that well. The first thing that starts to go with the lifts is the coordination and neural drive. So while it is possible to maintain strength on just a few simple movements with just training once a week, twice a week would still be better.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:32 AM
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It's inconvenient (and costs money) to go to the gym.

What are good exercises to build leg strength?
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:23 AM
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Why is it the only thing you responded to is the gym thing and then another question? It took a bit of time to write all of that. At least a friendly fuck you is warranted.

Is courtesy just not done any more?

A good leg exercise is step aerobics.
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spin class is good for teh legs.
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You're right. That and Tae Bo are the ultimate leg builders.
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:09 PM
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Why is it the only thing you responded to is the gym thing and then another question? It took a bit of time to write all of that. At least a friendly fuck you is warranted.

Is courtesy just not done any more?

A good leg exercise is step aerobics.
Sorry, I usually say thanks at the end of the thread. I'm very grateful for your informative post. Let's not be enemies.

I will definitely try it out, and see how it goes.

Is a day not enough to rest the muscles? I did 30 minutes of training, and I find it very difficult to do 20 continuous push ups. I get tired starting at 10 and extreme strain/pain after 20. Then I feel blood rush to my head. I usually can do around 20 before getting tired and 30 before pain kicks in.
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