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I didn't grow up with a lot of money. My high school didn't have a lot of money to afford a lot of the expensive weights. You know all this stuff. They used that as an excuse. I started doing push-ups and sit-ups during commercials as I was watching TV. And started doing about, sometimes 2,000 push-ups, 3,000 sit-ups, 1500 pull-ups, 1000 dips, or different things like that. I started creating different hand positions for all that, and I learned that could work you out.
Originally posted by justin_barton3
i read recently about how lifting heavy weights in the gym doesnt build muscle as effectively as doing excercises using your own body weight and also is very likely to do serious damage to your body. the website i found this on was trying to sell me a workout using only body mass excercises such as hindu press ups and hindu squats, as such i am unsure of its reliability.
i am only 17, am about to join a gym with some of my friends after school. i take field hockey fairly seriously and play 3-4 times each week, and have played for lancashire. i really dont want to screw my body up, should i carry on and go to the gym, or should i not go to the gym and do press ups, curls and squats?
Originally posted by dbates
(Steroids should only be used for actual sports injuries, not training. Too many bad side effects)
Originally posted by helen670
This all depends on what YOU want.
If you were at home, or at a friends, would you do the specified exercises that are asked of you?
Advocates of free-weight lifting argue that weight training is safe when done properly, and there is nothing inherently safer or more beneficial about bodyweight calisthenics.
This criticism is further expanded in that bodyweight itself is not unique and possesses no special properties. There is no reason to believe that the body responds any differently to lifting the weight of the body rather than that of a barbell or dumbbell. By limiting oneself to bodyweight exercise, one forgoes the safer progressive resistance of weight lifting, as well as limits the variety of exercises able to be performed to increase fitness.