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Thread: Need help from the gym rats

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Egypt with brief trips to Texas

    Need help from the gym rats

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    Okay, I'm doing pretty good with the PB fitness plan and use my sandbag, sledgehammer, etc, when I'm home but, I travel a good bit and may or may not have access to some type of fitness facility. I cannot travel with my sandbag and sledgehammer for obvious reasons.

    If I have no access, I'm stuck with body weight exercises but if I have access to a fitness facility, then I might as well start using them. The problem is that because I move around a bit, the setup is not constant. Usually it is machines, sometimes free weights but not usually. Offshore companies don't like to put free weights in the fitness rooms for safety reasons and hotels and the like don't usually have free weights for liability reasons.

    I need a few basic exercises that I could do on machines or duplicate with free weights if I have them around. Since I am an extreme newbie to the weight training thing, I could use some advice. Also steering me towards a book that I could buy would be a good thing also.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    I've had a lot of success with Convict Conditioning, which is like an advanced version of the Primal Blueprint Fitness book. The only equipment needed is a pullup bar of some sort.

    Also check out the TRX, or other suspension trainers. They allow you to do bodyweight workouts on rings, but are convenient to travel with and can be used just about anywhere. There were times when I used this (my homemade version) as a supplement to the Convict Conditioning. There are tons of videos on youtube for TRX and all the different things you can do with them.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    all hotels have ice.
    offshore rigs have tools, tool boxes and
    plenty of other heavy things, like collars,
    bits, lines. check the weld crib for scrap
    steel or fill a bucket w/whatever is laying
    as for exercises...set something in front of
    you; squat, raise it to chest level, then press
    it over your head. return to floor/deck and
    repeat until you cant pick it up anymore.
    continue w/the squat raise part until your
    legs quit, then do elevated pushups on
    knuckles or handstand pushups and
    call it a night. or do two more sets (:

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Torrance, CA, USA
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    Basic mostly bodyweight workout -

    Pull-ups if you can, or 1-arm dumbbell rows, or lat pulldown / rowing machine if they have that
    Crunches if you feel like doing abs that day

    Basically, a push, a pull, a legs, and an abs.

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