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#1 Jun 14 2013 at 11:19 AM Rating: Good
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I'm staying at my sister's until the 20th or so, cat-sitting while they're in Portugal.

But I don't particularly care to bring my dumbbells/pull-up bar up there. I could use the gym at work, but I work 8-4 to avoid as much of rush-hour traffic as I can. I don't love the idea of working out and facing a longer drive. It already takes an hour to get to my sister's house from there. Plus, the gym is about nearly 100% college athletes this time of year, and I don't particularly care to be working out next to them.

So anyone know of good strength training options that don't use any equipment?

Beyond squats (and various varieties of them)/push-ups/planks, I'm mostly lost. I've seen so many different things listed online, that I don't feel like I have any firm grand.

I'll be home on Sunday, so worst case scenario is that I pick up the equipment then...
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#2 Jun 14 2013 at 11:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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Overfeed the cat then use it for arm curls.
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#3 Jun 14 2013 at 11:22 AM Rating: Good
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Push ups. - Do as many as you can until you can't anymore, wait an hour, do the same with sit-ups, wait an hour, go back to step one. It's what I do daily at work.

As far as cardio, set the cat on fire and chase it.

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Small children can be substituted for dumbbells, they tend to think it's fun getting lifted into the air as well. Chasing them is good cardio.

Failing that re-arrange the furniture.
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#5 Jun 14 2013 at 12:22 PM Rating: Excellent
Warrior Yoga, bob harper.
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#6 Jun 14 2013 at 12:37 PM Rating: Good
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Neither of these cats are de-clawed. I feel like a significant amount of blood loss will be counter productive...

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Push ups. - Do as many as you can until you can't anymore, wait an hour, do the same with sit-ups, wait an hour, go back to step one. It's what I do daily at work.


Literally all I have planned for Saturday is lounging around the house, so this would probably be smart regardless.

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I feel like this is going to be painful.... I might try it.
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Can do dips with a chair/bench or anything raised and flat really. Lunges are good for legs. If it's only for a week just grab 1 set of lighter weights when you're home and change positions to increase difficulty.

Cardio is easy, just go for a jog. Swimming if you have access to water.

Or go to the work gym in the morning before work, no traffic and likely few people at the gym.

If you know of a place with lots of rocks, moving rocks while paying attention to posture is a fantastic strength training exercise. Better than dumbbells because they're harder to hold and vary so you use more strength balancing them than a typical workout. Work gloves are suggested to protect your hands.



Edited, Jun 14th 2013 3:54pm by Yodabunny
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Work gloves are suggested to protect your hands.


Might help with the cats too.
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#9 Jun 14 2013 at 2:48 PM Rating: Good
Check out /r/bodyweightfitness.

Especially their FAQ, which has a beginner routine.
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#10 Jun 14 2013 at 3:15 PM Rating: Good
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Wow, that looks useful, thanks.
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#11 Jun 14 2013 at 5:18 PM Rating: Good
empty milk jug around? Fill it with water. Curl it til your arms burn.
2 even high chairs about? Do push up between them (one hand on one chair). Can also do Dips with said chair.
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#12 Jun 15 2013 at 8:05 AM Rating: Decent
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empty milk jug around? Fill it with water. Curl it til your arms burn.

Would be difficult in Canada

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Does anybody actually still buy those? I buy 4 litre jugs.
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#14 Jun 15 2013 at 10:27 AM Rating: Good
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Does anybody actually still buy those? I buy 4 litre jugs.


At first I was appalled at this notion. Then I remembered that 4 liters was a gallon, and it made sense.

Stupid brain making me forget how small a liter is. Smiley: mad
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I don't know what the **** you'd need 4 liters of milk for. I don't think I ever have more than 2 liters or so at home and that's when I'm making pancakes!
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Does anybody actually still buy those? I buy 4 litre jugs.

If you mean bagged milk, I still do. It's cheaper and more readily available (unless you buy Mac's Milk, which they almost never have 1% at the store nearest me).
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I don't know what the **** you'd need 4 liters of milk for. I don't think I ever have more than 2 liters or so at home and that's when I'm making pancakes!
4 litres lasts us maybe 3 days. Usually somewhere around 2-2.5 days
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
I don't know what the **** you'd need 4 liters of milk for. I don't think I ever have more than 2 liters or so at home and that's when I'm making pancakes!


We go through a gallon of milk in 1-3 days in my household.
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I normally only barely get through 1 liter before it expires.
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#20 Jun 16 2013 at 9:00 AM Rating: Good
3-4 gallons of milk is bought usually once a week for the people in this house :3
I drink maybe a liter of it in a weeks time... milk* is kind of gross lol.

Edit: Skim Milk that is. I don't know why whole milk or even 1% is not bought. If however I buy said Whole/1% for myself, I never get more than a cup >.> shady...

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Push ups, crunches, sit ups, leg lifts, etc.

Just note that the reps that you do AFTER you start feeling the burn are the ones that count. Don't stop when you first feel uncomfortable. Also, note that there are several variations of situps and crunches that affect different parts of your body if you're going for the **** look.
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3-4 gallons of milk is bought usually once a week for the people in this house :3
I drink maybe a liter of it in a weeks time... milk* is kind of gross lol.

Edit: Skim Milk that is. I don't know why whole milk or even 1% is not bought. If however I buy said Whole/1% for myself, I never get more than a cup >.> shady...

Edited, Jun 16th 2013 10:01am by Sandinmygum


I only buy skim milk. I find the rest disgusting. I have trouble drinking coffee with whole milk in it. (I CAN'T drink coffee with cream).
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#23 Jun 16 2013 at 2:22 PM Rating: Good
Drink your coffee black. Water, unsweet iced tea/hot tea, and black coffee. These drinks have 0 calories.

You would be surprised to find out how many calories you can shave off by doing this.
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**** calorie counting. I like my cappuccino.















And craft beer has lots of calories...
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#25 Jun 16 2013 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Drink your coffee black. Water, unsweet iced tea/hot tea, and black coffee. These drinks have 0 calories.

You would be surprised to find out how many calories you can shave off by doing this.

Are you calling someone fat?
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#26 Jun 16 2013 at 3:32 PM Rating: Good
No, I'm providing general health advice in a workout thread.

It's far easier to count calories and not consume an excess than it is to actually burn them off.
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No, I'm providing general health advice in a workout thread.

It's far easier to count calories and not consume an excess than it is to actually burn them off.
Men do not need this "easier". Real men, viking badass men, should consume one hundred million calories per day and burn them all by beating bison to death with pianos filled with molten lead before going on a daily voyage to pillage the nearest foreign coastline.

On the other hand, who has the free time for that when drinking one fewer 12oz soda a day means you'd lose about 15 pounds in a year if nothing else changes.
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#28 Jun 17 2013 at 7:01 AM Rating: Good
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Meh, skim milk (and I don't use a lot) and a little bit of agave and I feel comfortable with the calorie count of my coffee.

One packet of Sugar in the Raw is 50 calories, if anyone was wondering. I usually use half a packet's worth in a large coffee.
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You would be surprised to find out how many calories you can shave off by doing this.
Could do both. I mean, I exercise all day just so I can have that delicious bad for me foods and drinks mostly.
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Just remember that eating unhealthy food is not balanced out by exercising. Sure, you may not pack the extra weight, but you could still drop dead within the hour from a clogged up system.
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I could also get hit by a bus.
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If you do, just hit it back and it will back off.
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Maybe that's how things work in Amsterdam, but New York buses are more aggressive than tiger sharks...
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While they tend to hunt solo, it's the packs of blood thirsty taxis you really have to look out for.
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And things are just getting out of hand. Now we have green taxis and blue bikes roaming the last of the safe territories...
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It's the bicycles you have to be afraid of in Amsterdam, they ignore sidewalks and pedestrian only areas.
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Ironically, so do NYC cabs.
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That's why they put these things all around sidewalks in Amsterdam.




NSFW The black plastic recreations also make for a wonderful souvenir. NSFW

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I can't click the other link, because work and such, but the Dutch government realizes those look like massive dildos, right?
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Bikes aren't much of a concern here, for they are the scavengers of the vehicular world, picking and eating the remains of the larger wheeled animal kills.
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I can't click the other link, because work and such, but the Dutch government realizes those look like massive dildos, right?
What do you think the other link is? Smiley: lol





Also, they started placing the standardized ones from 1915, I don't think they were aware of how much it looks like an oversized dildo
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
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I can't click the other link, because work and such, but the Dutch government realizes those look like massive dildos, right?
What do you think the other link is? Smiley: lol





Also, they started placing the standardized ones from 1915, I don't think they were aware of how much it looks like an oversized dildo


Maybe it was their way of protesting WWI?
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I could also get hit by a bus.


Don't exercise on the road then, silly.
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Don't exercise on the road then, silly.


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Don't exercise on the road then, silly.


But then how will I learn how to dodge a ball?

You see people, this is what happens when you cut P.E. out of the curriculum. School budgets be damned, we need proper physical education classes or our kids are going to be playing out in traffic! Smiley: motz

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You see people, this is what happens when you cut P.E. out of the curriculum. School budgets be damned, we need proper physical education classes or our kids are going to be playing out in traffic! Smiley: motz

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Upshot: This could cull the herd a bit.
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I assumed that was covered when we let the teachers start bringing guns to school. Smiley: confused

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I have NO idea how valid this is, but...

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/

It looks like you would only need a wall and a sturdy chair for this.
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