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    Hi everyone....I'm new to PB and have been lurking around the boards for a few days, so now for my first question.

    Diet is going well, but I need to start doing some heavy lifting. Problem is that I hate the gym and really don't want to join one. I know that there are lots of bodyweight alternatives and I can work out at home, but the only problem seems to be around pull ups....I don't have a pull up bar, or anywhere I could put one in my house. Are there any alternative exercises I could do?

    Cheers

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    The pull-up is an essential movement, in my opinion - especially if you aren't going to lift weights/use gym machines. You can get creative with where you do them though. Check this out: Al Kavadlo – We're Working Out! Scaffold Pull-ups
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    • #3
      Originally posted by spuggygirl View Post
      Hi everyone....I'm new to PB and have been lurking around the boards for a few days, so now for my first question.

      Diet is going well, but I need to start doing some heavy lifting. Problem is that I hate the gym and really don't want to join one. I know that there are lots of bodyweight alternatives and I can work out at home, but the only problem seems to be around pull ups....I don't have a pull up bar, or anywhere I could put one in my house. Are there any alternative exercises I could do?

      Cheers
      In the infamous words of Randy Couture's crappy attempt at a home-fitness machine: "YOU GOT A DOOR!? YOU GOT A GYM!"

      There are inexpensive pull-up bars that stretch sideways between door frames (much like the bars used to put up curtains in a bathroom) problem solved. You've no idea what the simple pull-up can do for you, do not neglect it or look for ways around it. There is no alternative that does the same for you, none. Besides, with the bar I mentioned you can move it up and down the door and do a myriad of other exercises: australian pull ups, straight bar dips, tricep extensions (think inverted "skull crushers"), muscle-ups, front and back levers (and the progression steps required to get there), etc.

      Here,

      Amazon.com: JFit Deluxe Doorway Pull-Up Bar: Sports & Outdoors

      Don't buy that one (too expensive) but the picture is a good one, like I said, it doesn't have to just be at the top, move it up and down for more exercise possibilities.
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      • #4
        You need a pullup bar, and then you can attach some rings to it, and you've got a great, great workout spot. Do not try to talk yourself out of doing pullups.

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        • #5
          Find a tree with a low limb, or go to a school and use the playground.
          Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
          -Rick Warren

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wesrman View Post
            Find a tree with a low limb, or go to a school and use the playground.
            My favorite gyms. Free, and you only have to swat kids away to get your reps in. Added bonus, kids make free added resistance, though some people find that "creepy." Silly people.
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            • #7
              Several time my playground workouts have attracted kids who came over and started barking exercises to me. It was actually quite fun. It worked really well because they were trying to throw enough stuff at me to give me something I couldn't do.

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              • #8
                For anyone looking for info on bodyweight exercise i highly recommend Never Gymless by Ross Enamait. All of his stuff is top notch.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by critta View Post
                  Several time my playground workouts have attracted kids who came over and started barking exercises to me. It was actually quite fun. It worked really well because they were trying to throw enough stuff at me to give me something I couldn't do.
                  Lol, I've had that happen too. I also like when they join in and start trying to do what I'm doing. Kids are cool.

                  ...just gotta stay wary of the "creepiness factor" that iniQuity mentioned!

                  Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                  You need a pullup bar, and then you can attach some rings to it, and you've got a great, great workout spot. Do not try to talk yourself out of doing pullups.
                  Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                  There is no alternative that does the same for you, none.
                  +1. Pullups are one of the best and most beneficial exercises you can do, and if you ever progress with them to the point of doing muscleups then you're set. The muscleup is, IMO, the single best upper body exercise ever. It all starts with the pullup though, and no solid fitness routine should be without!
                  Last edited by ciep; 12-12-2011, 08:55 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Cheers for the advice guys. I don't want to wimp out, and I'm getting that pull ups are super important. Not sure I'm brave enough to attempt pull ups in a public park....my upper body strength is pretty rubbish just now. The issue with my doors is that they're not very solid and the walls are mostly flimsy partition walls so I have grave doubts that a pull up bar will take my weight and not bring half of the doorframe/wall down. I'm wondering whether a TRX type system might do the trick instead?

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                    • #11
                      Awww that kids comment is really encouraging in making me want to master pullups before next summer! Gonna work harder on that now haha
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by spuggygirl View Post
                        Cheers for the advice guys. I don't want to wimp out, and I'm getting that pull ups are super important. Not sure I'm brave enough to attempt pull ups in a public park....my upper body strength is pretty rubbish just now. The issue with my doors is that they're not very solid and the walls are mostly flimsy partition walls so I have grave doubts that a pull up bar will take my weight and not bring half of the doorframe/wall down. I'm wondering whether a TRX type system might do the trick instead?
                        Yeah if you've got a place to hang them from then sure, you can loop a bar through whatever you're using for handles. Bam, trapeze artist.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wesrman View Post
                          Find a tree with a low limb, or go to a school and use the playground.
                          +1 on the tree. My size prevents the use of the door frame options, the big oak in my back yard has worked out well.

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                          • #14
                            Demondrills is a great source of parkour-related stuff, courtesy of them...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tcb View Post
                              +1 on the tree. My size prevents the use of the door frame options, the big oak in my back yard has worked out well.
                              Awesome! I like your no excuses attitude. If you want it bad enough, you'll find a way.
                              Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
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