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8/31/13 3:36 P

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There are some pretty intense upper body workouts that only use body weight exercises. Example, Burpees. Personally, I LOATHE the things. However, they are a pretty amazing body weight exercise that works every part of your body, not just your upper body.

There are a lot of different body weight workouts out there. It depends on your level of fitness. These are just two examples. there are thousands more on the internet.


8/31/13 3:35 P

My upper body strength was at its best when I did yoga regularly. When properly practiced, yoga can be a heck of a strength building routine.

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8/31/13 8:41 A

Can you just not lift a weight past a certain number, or would you rather do bodyweight exercises? What about using resistance bands instead? That way YOU control how much resistance you are bringing to your muscles.

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8/31/13 6:35 A

Those are some of your best options.

Look for more challenging variants where you can, such as holding the down position for 3 seconds with a pushup, or single leg pushups (puts more weight on the arms).


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8/31/13 12:05 A

you can do other body weight exercises to work the muscles differently- spark has a ton of them in the fitness tracker!

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8/30/13 10:25 P

I have been working on increasing upper body strength and core strength. Focusing on chin-ups pull-ups and push ups.

any other thoughts on increasing upper body/core without weights.

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