I'm curious about what the forum has to say about bodyweight routines. I think most people agree that bodyweight exercises can be very beneficial. Some of them use resistance band, bodyweight, and weighted bodyweight (i.e. pull-ups with a weight vest) exercises. Do you think it is possible to gain much weight on a routine like that? Just recently, I have been doing a full-body bodyweight and resistance band routine, and it is quite challenging. I'm just not sure if it can pack on the 20 lean pounds I want, even if I add a 40 pound weighted vest in the mix. So what do you think? I know that bulking can be done using traditional weights. I have no particular aversion to free weights, I just really enjoy the changes and challenges that bodyweight exercises present.
Thread: Bulking with bodyweight routine?
01-08-2007, 05:05 PM #1
Bulking with bodyweight routine?
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02-22-2010, 10:26 PM #3
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I have been doing a bodyweight routine for around 8 months now, and really like my results. I think there are way more benefits to bodyweight exercises than anyone gives them credit. I have done alot of research on time under tension, and have found that most of my lifts are within the time adequate for muscular hypertrophy. I feel the overall muscle recruitment with the closed chained exercises typical of a bw program, rather than free weight open chained. There is a great freedom of not counting reps if you are a beleiver of time under tension. Plus large weights are bad on compressing joints, the stress causes higher cortisol levels. I just hate that most people associate calisthenics as an endurance builder and not a mass builder. But then again most people that do calisthenics are mostly concerned about the number of reps they can do. TUT for hypertrophic gains lies between 40 and 70 seconds of continuous tension, not 100 pushups in a ballistic type fashion.
02-22-2010, 10:30 PM #4
Not criticizing, just trying to see if I understood what you said, because I'm interested in bw stuff as well, and if I pursue it, I want to do it right.Tar Heels Crew
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