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Body weight only exercises?

AmyG1982AmyG1982 Posts: 376Member Member Posts: 376Member Member
Any good successes from doing body weight only exercises? I have home gym equipment but honestly I hate using it lol but I do enjoy body weight exercises. I know you’ll get some results but I’m hoping to hear from people who pretty much exclusively do body weight exercises and got good results (just don’t want to be wasting my time).

I’m not looking to get ripped, just build some muscle for better posture and general fitness (and to help boost weight loss).



  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 14,236Member Member Posts: 14,236Member Member
    The website Nerd Fitness has a couple of body weight programs, and I've seen many people recommend Convict Conditioning and You Are Your Own Gym, both books I believe.
  • ElizabethKalmbachElizabethKalmbach Posts: 1,118Member Member Posts: 1,118Member Member
    YAYOG has a phone app with little video clips and workouts that my daughter loves.
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 10,066Member Member Posts: 10,066Member Member
    some yoga programs focus on strength. sometimes called power yoga
    i had a couple of dvds. one by rodney yee and one by bob harper.
  • fuzzylop_fuzzylop_ Posts: 45Member, Premium Member Posts: 45Member, Premium Member
    The /r/bodyweightfitness recommended routine is one option -

    edited November 5
  • MachafinMachafin Posts: 2,563Member Member Posts: 2,563Member Member
    fuzzylop_ wrote: »
    The /r/bodyweightfitness recommended routine is one option -

    This is what I was going to post as well. There a tons of people that get in great shape using body weight exercises only. If fact, there are calisthenic workouts and isometric holds that are quite impressive and require amazing amounts of strength that are only base on body weight. Check it out!
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,830Member Member Posts: 2,830Member Member
    I almost exclusively do bodyweight exercises for upper body. You Are Your Own Gym is good for basic strength. If you want to get into Calisthenics or Gymnastics skills, then I highly recommend GMB Fitness or Thenx. I think AthleanX has a bodyweight only program too.
  • Cat_A_89Cat_A_89 Posts: 94Member Member Posts: 94Member Member
    Youtube is full of workout videos just search bodyweight only workouts and you should get alot of results
  • Mcwi3681Mcwi3681 Posts: 64Member Member Posts: 64Member Member
    I've been following the book "Body By You" (essentially the precursor to YAYOG) since June and I'm amazed at the progress I've made! I've never been in better shape, I have actual muscle definition in my arms, abs, and my thighs even! I don't think I'll ever step foot in a gym. Calisthenics is the best!
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Posts: 4,513Member Member Posts: 4,513Member Member
    Piyo is good too.
  • jeffjeff85jeffjeff85 Posts: 89Member Member Posts: 89Member Member
    I lift - because I enjoy it.

    But I KNOW AND HAVE WITNESSED that you can get (and stay) in great shape "body weight only" training.
    And it need not take MONTHS AND MONTHS. I had a shoulder injury that lead me to take longer to even out muscle imbalances, but otherwise I'm here to tell you that crazy progress can be made in a mere 90 days ...
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