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Darbidur

Starting Out. Tips? Tricks? Suggestions?

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Hello all,

 

I have recently begun bodyweight training and, in my opinion, I am a complete novice. I can complete approximately; 5-10 standard pushups, 10 dip negatives, 25+ squats, 15 knee raises, and my longest plank has been 30 seconds. I try to go through this cycle 2-3 times and going until I fail on the last cycle, which usually doesn't take all that long.

 

The main thing I struggle with is not having a pull up bar or an adequate table for rows/modified pull ups. So, any tips/tricks/suggestions on how to progress? Did you learn anything later on that you wished you would have known from the start? Anything helps :)

 

My main focus right now hasn't been rep chasing. I'm really trying to focus on form first and then go for reps and/or more difficult variations of these basic exercises.

 

 

Thanks,

Darbidur

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regarding pulling motions: while you may not have a pull-up bar or a desk suitable for bodyweight rows, you surely have a door and towel. Open the door, sling the towel around both doorknobs, put the door between your feet, grab the towel and then pull yourself up.

Later, you might want to wedge the door open, put a towel over the door and then pull yourself up (gliding up on the door). The towel over the door reduces stress on your fingers. If you put an additinal, long, bathing towel over the door such that the towel is between your stomach and the door, you reduce friction a bit.

It is also entirely possible to do pull-ups in your doorframe (holding to the doorframe with your finger tips), That requires a really high amount of strength in your fingers and would probably not count as a beginners progression. But it might be a goal. 

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