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Old 10-03-2005, 07:24 PM   #1
alex st jean
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Can YOu get big by doing many of reps of these excercises, or will your muscles only become stronger and have more endurance?
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Old 10-04-2005, 09:29 AM   #2
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If you're related to Herschel Walker you can for sure.

Male gymnasts are pretty solid proof that it's possible to get bigger doing nothing but bodyweight movements, but they do a lot more than the 3 mentioned - lots of static strength stuff on rings, P-bars, etc.

I'm curious: Why do you ask?
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Old 10-04-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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From the standard push-up, progress to the planche push-up. From the standard pull-up, progress to the back-lever pull-up. From the standard sit-up, progress to a 3-minute L-hold (from the floor).

If you can get to all three of those progressions, you'll be plenty big. But more importantly, you'll be functional and strong.

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:48 AM   #4
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For a skinny guy, an increase in muscle can be a nice side effect to bodyweight exercises

For a bigger lifter, you'll end up seeing smaller muscles

Sort of a progression to the mean. . .
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:22 AM   #5
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Throw in body weight squats and broomstick overhead squats, dips (with chairs), sandbag deadlifts, handstand pushups, sprinting, and you have the start of a good program, or...you could do the WOD.
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:02 PM   #6
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Alex,

You can definitely get bigger with only these exercises, given that you do a lot of them, and fast. Problem is, you will have no diversity in your work. That means certain muscle-groups will be underdeveloped, and you'll get bored.
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:31 AM   #7
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There are also ways to make those movements much harder. For example in rough order of increasing difficulty:
-regular pushups
-close grip, then very close
-feet on bench, hands on floor higher bench harder movement
-one armed pushups feet wide for base
-same bench progression
-move feet closer
-harder still one arm pushups with only one foot on ground, the other arm and leg used for balance only.

To give you an idea on resistance, I weigh 185, I put my hand on a scale in the one arm pushup position and I think the force was about 130lbs, so doing one armed pushups was roughly equal to doing a flat bench with 260lbs.

This does not even go into handstand pushups, and the variations possible.}
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