Top 5 upper body bodyweight exercises.

#1
In my opinion, bodyweight exercises are some the best exercises in the world. If you can do a lot of any of these exercises, maybe you can do 100 press ups in a row, then just add some resistance to them until you can only manage 20 on so on and so forht. You can always increase the resistance as in weight lifting with these exercises. There seems to be a big emphasis in gymwork and i think that going back to basics could provide better results.

Note-these exercises are for strength and muscle endurance not size.

#5. Pull ups - same as chin ups but with an overhand grip.

#4. Chin ups - think we all know what these are.

#3. Press ups - regular/diamond/wide and elevated.

#2. Seated tricep dips - add a weight disc to your lap to increase intensity

#1. Parallel bar dips - lean forwards for more of an emphasis on the chest or keep straight for more on the triceps.

I am confident that performing these will increase your strength.
 
#2
as long as you are happy.
 
#3
Well done you!







I've always found wanking helped. You'll be far happier......................................
 
#5
Civi_Git said:
in_the_cheapseats said:
Well done you!







I've always found wanking helped. You'll be far happier......................................
Leaves you with one peck bigger than t'other though :oops:
Both hands, sir, both hands!. Takes practise but pecks build on both sides. Takes dedication, mind... :D
 
#6
i feel greasing the groove is best. every time you watch TV and the ads come on force yourself to do an exercise eg press ups till the programme comes back on. if you mange 20 pres ups, within 2 hours you would have done almost 100 press ups! when you can do press ups, but dont over train! search google for PAVEL- NAKED WARRIER e book its fantatic to learn new stuff
 
#7
What about your core?

What about your legs?

Its ok getting upper body strength up, but whats the point in being able to 100 press ups, if you cant sit up, run, actually walk with those jerry cans in your hand etc...

Work all over equally mate, and you'll get a lot mroe benefit
 
#8
Gears said:
What about your core?

What about your legs?

Its ok getting upper body strength up, but whats the point in being able to 100 press ups, if you cant sit up, run, actually walk with those jerry cans in your hand etc...

Work all over equally mate, and you'll get a lot mroe benefit
After reading the list my first thought was 'squats, hanging leg raises, dragon flags, where are they'.
 

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#12
I disagree... bodyweight exercises are one of the most beneficial ways of gaining functional strength in my book.

That is, if you want functional strength rather than muscles that look good but are not as effective...
 
#14
BBear said:
I disagree... bodyweight exercises are one of the most beneficial ways of gaining functional strength in my book.

That is, if you want functional strength rather than muscles that look good but are not as effective...
Define 'not as effective'.


By increasing your strength to weight ratio, loads at sub maximum are less taxing. ie your strength is more functional.

edit- I'm not implying calisthenics aren't of use. Both forms of training are decent tools, but the application depends on the result/goal you are looking to achieve.
 
#15
corbuk said:
core?

legs?

Do some bloody weights mate....your kidding your self if you think body excersise's(sp) will get you strong.
Again, have you read the title? Maybe you missed it, i'll make it big for you UPPER BODY this is not about core or leg exercises.

If you want a list of them I could roll of a variety of great exercises for both.

And, i'm not kidding myself, these exercises will definately get you strong, and if you are so weight orientated you could always add weights to these exercises, (like I said in my original post :roll: ) try doing pulls up with 30kg hanging from your waist and tell me that won't get you strong.
 
#16
Ian1983 said:
SOLSTICE said:
This is about upper body, not core and not legs, please read the title.
Why localise to upperbody?
I don't localise to upper body, this post was merely about upper body. I don't think i said, that these are the only exercises i do, correct me if i'm wrong? :roll:
 
#17
SOLSTICE said:
Ian1983 said:
SOLSTICE said:
This is about upper body, not core and not legs, please read the title.
Why localise to upperbody?
I don't localise to upper body, this post was merely about upper body. I don't think i said, that these are the only exercises i do, correct me if i'm wrong? :roll:
My query was why did you create a thread about upperbody exercises in comparison to a thread entitled 'top 5 body weight exercises'.

Get off you're high horse.
 
#19
You're just a sad wee wannabe PTI, trying to change the world in small steps.....oh, starting with the upper body......aren't you? :D

Reason enough for your existence, bless!

PS Some punter called Charles Atlas suggested your approach about 80 years ago. As you seem to have found out, it still works.
 
#20
SOLSTICE said:
corbuk said:
core?

legs?

Do some bloody weights mate....your kidding your self if you think body excersise's(sp) will get you strong.
Again, have you read the title? Maybe you missed it, i'll make it big for you UPPER BODY this is not about core or leg exercises.

If you want a list of them I could roll of a variety of great exercises for both.

And, i'm not kidding myself, these exercises will definately get you strong, and if you are so weight orientated you could always add weights to these exercises, (like I said in my original post :roll: ) try doing pulls up with 30kg hanging from your waist and tell me that won't get you strong.

1.Not realy
2.If i add "weights" to the excersise...I might as well just do weights ?

But if you got no weights/gym....etc, It would be good for a total beginner
 

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