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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    This is my home gym...



    It's one of the toughest things Ive ever done and I used to lift....
    I've been trying to find some info on this thing and only found some reviews and info-mercial type videos on Youtube. What muscles can you work out with this thing?

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)



    These two are really the only ones you'll ever need for a full body home gym that you can continually progress with without taking up half a room or your budget. Most guys would say you should opt out for a squat rack but squatting requires a great deal of technique and a spotter, otherwise you could seriously harm yourself. The man that invented the trap bar actually did so because he injured himself through conventional deadlifts and squats and needed a piece of equipment to build his strength without aggravating his injuries. He later broke his own personal lifting records using the trap bar.

    While all exercising can hurt you if performed wrong, the trap bar in the second picture is much much easier for beginners and you can train totally different leg muscles using different hand grips; something you otherwise can't do with deadlifts or squats. Not to mention you can also perform shrugs, presses, and other exercises with a greater range of motion.
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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    The bar in the 2nd pic is very useful for modified deadlifts shrugs and even rack pulls....

    The rack in the 1st pic needs to be used with much caution. As with any type of "Dips", the shoulder can be aggravated by going TOO deep in the ROM and cause "Impingement" and possible Rotator Cuff problems. While DIPS are good exercises for upper body strength....most people starting out will not have the sufficient strength in the shoulders to use this device properly to avoid injury.

    A safer alternative ( for newbies or folks with shoulder problems) is to use 2 cinder blocks on the floor. with you legs out front of you and your blocks by your side , sit down between the blocks and place the hands on them..then push up and lower back down again for 1 complete rep. This will give you about 10 inches of dip. If more is needed you can always stack more blocks for more ROM.

    Always train smarter and safer.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoppes#9 View Post
    The bar in the 2nd pic is very useful for modified deadlifts shrugs and even rack pulls....

    The rack in the 1st pic needs to be used with much caution. As with any type of "Dips", the shoulder can be aggravated by going TOO deep in the ROM and cause "Impingement" and possible Rotator Cuff problems. While DIPS are good exercises for upper body strength....most people starting out will not have the sufficient strength in the shoulders to use this device properly to avoid injury.

    A safer alternative ( for newbies or folks with shoulder problems) is to use 2 cinder blocks on the floor. with you legs out front of you and your blocks by your side , sit down between the blocks and place the hands on them..then push up and lower back down again for 1 complete rep. This will give you about 10 inches of dip. If more is needed you can always stack more blocks for more ROM.

    Always train smarter and safer.
    That's true, always do your research before you do any exercise. If you find dips are hard to do for whatever reason, you can opt out for pushups (especially diamond pushups) in a home gym setting.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    @JustaGuy...Yes the trap bar is a very good piece of equipment because of how the weight is centered on you when lifting. I actually prefer to do my deadlifts with a trapbar over the traditional straight bar.

    I have been realizing lately that you do not require much equipment to train even if you want to incorporate weights. I personally like training with both calisthenics and weights equally. If you do not have weights to train with and going to a gym is a pain.
    In the future there will be robots.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by Joetech View Post
    I remember belonging to a gym back when I was in college. I worked the graveyard shift and would arrive at the gym when they opened at around eight. Well, one day there were two girls at the gym. They looked like they were wearing lingerie for gym clothes (this was in the early 80's). I was just there to work out before my classes started. I overhead them talking. One of them said, "...but, he's so skinny." They were talking about me.

    Yeah, I had just been red pilled by my first divorce. I was offended by their arrogance, but I never saw them in there again. These days I can ride my bike on the trail, swim at the aquatic center near the trail, and yes...pull ups, sit ups, push ups, knee bends...the list goes on. I agree BP, who the fuck needs a gym? Guys going to the meat market for pussy...that's who.
    I guess I have been lucky - I started about 6 months ago going to a fitness center my company runs as an escape from my desk at work.. Only a rare, rare gal ever shows up.

    Pretty much just see the same "gym rats" everyday and no one speaks to each other. This explains the plethora of fast-assed women in today's world.

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    Re: Ghosting the Gyms is Freedom (Choose Calisthenics)

    Quote Originally Posted by mg0815 View Post
    I guess I have been lucky - I started about 6 months ago going to a fitness center my company runs as an escape from my desk at work.. Only a rare, rare gal ever shows up.

    Pretty much just see the same "gym rats" everyday and no one speaks to each other. This explains the plethora of fast-assed women in today's world.
    Yeah when I was going to commercial gyms on the regular, you would always see the same people regularly. I do think it's a bit of a shame that although you see them regularly, no one ever talks to one-another. Yes I know you're there to workout and not socialize. With that being said, in the days of Arnold, Franco Columbu, Lee Haney, and all the 70's era bodybuilders, they saw each other everyday and they were all actually really good friends. They would share workout advice and train together. Now it seems like everyone is all about themselves in the gym and there is this elitist attitude from the typical gym-goer.

    After creating a home gym for myself, I rarely ever want to be around that crowd. My workouts are much more efficient and I don't have to see people I don't like. For those that don't have money for gym equipment, calisthenics can be a great avenue to train at home and avoid stupid people.
    In the future there will be robots.


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