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I prefer to strength train without relying on weights. That's not to say I don't use them at all, but I prefer for the core of the move to be my own body weight (squat, lunge, plank, crunch variations). It's amazing how different variations can target different muscles and use more resistance. I don't use weight machines at all, and I haven't even been using weights heavier than 5 or 8 pounds, but I'm more muscular than I ever have been. Experiment to find out what works for you.
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I was thinking of ordering the new book, Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women's Fitness but haven't yet.
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Resistance bands are great!!
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I found that yoga and Pilates was a great way to strength train without weights. They provide several exercises that use body weight for strength training....
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Another recommendation for resistance bands here. Also, I use a book called You Are Your Own Gym, which is filled with body-weight exercises--really great stuff and requires no equipment at all!
This thread has reminded me I have a resistance band in my cupboard gathering dust!
I tend to work with dumb bells of varying weights and also my own body weight, but I want to try my resistance band now.
Will dust it off over the weekend and give it a blast!
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1,078 3/7/13 11:36 P
Both body weight and resistance bands are awesome. I was kind of against resistance bands for awhile because I didn't fully believe that I could get the same kind of training I would with a weight, but holy smokes!! You definitely can!! And as previous posters mentioned, there is so much strength you can gain just from moving your own body weight.
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Pilates is a little bit of strength training, but it's more corework than total body. Resistance bands are absolutely strength training, as are any bodyweight exercises like planks, squats, pushups, etc.
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