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    Can I get big by doing ONLY bodyweight exercises?

    I wanna know can I get big by doing ONLY bodyweight exercises?
    Say like push-ups for chest, pull ups for lats and triceps, chin ups for bicep and sit-ups for abs and so on...
    Will I gain any mass?
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    I can't see you getting much bigger..because big weight=big muscle, but you will make improvements. Arnold recomends that beginners start like this, but only for a few months. You should try to find some weights bro. Peace
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    wow once again another one of these threads. to answer your question, you will not reach society's description of "big" with only bodyweight excercises. i dont know what you consider big, but chances are you will be disappointed unless you can use more weight for resistance.
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    Pullups don't work your triceps.
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    Originally posted by breathingmurder
    Pullups don't work your triceps.
    i was just gonna comment on that homie, but to ealvintan, yeah you can get "nice" size with body weight exercises
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    Of course you'll grow, buy you won't be massive. You will definately get big off of dips and pullups, as long as you eat like crazy. If you're taking in 5000 calories a day, you'll get somewhere.
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    hershal walker claimed all through his teenage years all he did was run, push ups and sit ups. he said he couldnt afford anything more. im not sure how true this is but he sure did turn out alright.
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    Originally posted by hardknuckle
    Of course you'll grow, buy you won't be massive. You will definately get big off of dips and pullups, as long as you eat like crazy. If you're taking in 5000 calories a day, you'll get somewhere.
    5000 will be over doing it... its bodyweight exersices, u dont need to eat a ****load, just get the food for enegy to do the bodyweight exersices and nice dinner after liftin like meat or wateva... hypertrophy wont be occuring that much so there is no need for a ****load of food.. just rest nice, eat nice, and push urself with the bodyweight exersices.
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    Cool

    Unless you weigh 400 lbs and have 11 inch arms

    That'd be enough for dips and pullups
    You got bigger arms than me ?
    yeah ..... :) spare yourself the embarressment

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    no there is no way to get huge by just doing body weight exercises, you might be able to get bigger but it would take so much longer than if you just lifted weights
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    I remember watching this show on VH1 called Hardbodies. It showed singers working out. The singer Usher was working with some know it all personal trainer and he said people don't get big by lifting weights, they get big by lifting their bodyweight. One of the funniest things I've ever seen. We all know how big Usher is LOL.
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    Don't you guys remember that one Amateur teen bb of the week? All he did was bodyweight exercises and he was really ripped. He looked sort of like Bruce Lee.
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    Originally posted by el cid
    hershal walker claimed all through his teenage years all he did was run, push ups and sit ups. he said he couldnt afford anything more. im not sure how true this is but he sure did turn out alright.
    There are exceptions to every rule. And if you don't think that Herschel Walker was a genetic freak, well... you're in for a bit of a suprise.

    In general you cant get that big from just bodyweight excercises. However you can get a pretty decent build from pullups, hand stand pushups and sprinting.
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    Originally posted by hardknuckle
    If you're taking in 5000 calories a day, you'll get somewhere.

    On Bodyweight excersizes, Oh youll go soemwhrre, its called Fat.



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    add dips and a healthy diet and you will get dense muscle rather than muscle mass.
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    Originally posted by bigD
    In general you cant get that big from just bodyweight excercises. However you can get a pretty decent build from pullups, hand stand pushups and sprinting.
    How do you know you could get a good build from that? Do you know someone who does that routine, or are you just assuming? Because I might be interested in giving that workout a try.
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    You can get decent abs from crunches, an average chest from pushups, an above-average back from pullups.
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    I'm looking for a defined body NOT a huge one.
    Will bodyweight exercises do it for me? My dream physique would be like Bruce Lee's body...
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    Originally posted by ealvintan
    I'm looking for a defined body NOT a huge one.
    Will bodyweight exercises do it for me? My dream physique would be like Bruce Lee's body...
    Didn't you ask the same question in your first post?
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    I'd say a Bruce Lee like body is very obtainable with body weight exercises.
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    but for bruce lee, you need a nice diet and cardio. that guy is thin and defined. a little muscular looking but you need to work your diet and cardio first. and to get like him, id say body weight is okay but with bodyweight it may be harder to isolate certain exercises than if you had some free weights.
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    what are good bodyweight exercises which works the biceps?
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    Originally posted by ealvintan
    what are good bodyweight exercises which works the biceps?
    Chins and neutral grip pullups
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    Bodyweight Workouts

    I know I'm digging up an extremely old thread, but I think it needs to happen. I'd be interested to see if there's been progress for anyone else in the area of bodyweight exercises as well. I lifted for 7 years with weights and gained some mass, but it never took off like it did for me with bodyweight exercises. I am no way affiliated or marketing any products, but I've done You are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren for about 5 months now (I've finished the first and second level difficulties) and I've seen some really good results. Anyone else been getting good results recently with bodyweight exercises?

    P.S.- I'm 23, eat about 4,000 calories of a decent diet daily, and use protein, creatine, and pre-workouts.
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