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    Hey you know all those infomercials you see on TV of training equipment being better than anything else? Does anyone know if any of them are actually worth it? So far iv just been doing sit ups, weights and push ups, would that be enough for more casual exercise? (just upper body)


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    My general opinion on such things is that they are a con. I've always found free weights to be more effective than any fancy machines or equipment; there's really no muscles you can't train without specialist gear.

    Add running or biking, or some other type of cardio, to your routine and I'd say you're about set.


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    yeah i thought as much, i was playing king of the hill with some friends on mattresses one year and dominated with just my legs(from biking). But how specialist do you go? The only gear i have is weights and maybe soon a chin up bar
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    Quote Originally Posted by zendra
    Hey you know all those infomercials you see on TV of training equipment being better than anything else? Does anyone know if any of them are actually worth it? So far iv just been doing sit ups, weights and push ups, would that be enough for more casual exercise? (just upper body)
    Never ever trust those infomercials. Also, what you mean for casual exercise? Do you want to gain muscle, lose fat, or just stay in shape? If you just want to stay in shape the things you are doing are good. But work out your legs, as well, you want a balanced body, not a lower body that is unproportional to your upper body.
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    I want to gain muscle, I'm increasing the amount that i do each day. Daily is also what i meant by casual. I've been leaving my legs as i feel they are already fine due to the amount of biking I do, though i suppose eventually my upper body will surpass that and ill have to work on lower body more.
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    With just weights and a chin up bar, you might consider P90X. The way they do it, and the way the workouts are staggered, the results are pretty quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zendra
    I want to gain muscle, I'm increasing the amount that i do each day. Daily is also what i meant by casual. I've been leaving my legs as i feel they are already fine due to the amount of biking I do, though i suppose eventually my upper body will surpass that and ill have to work on lower body more.
    You can incorporate weights & calisthenics into your routine. All you need are some dumbbells, barbell, bench.etc. (nothing too fancy). Also, the biking is just cardio, you won't actually build muscle as you would by doing for example weighted squats/lunges. But do bike/do other forms of cardio. I have myself a schedule where on monday I do chest/tris, tuesday back/bis, weds legs, thurs shoulders/traps and I incorporate some abs/cardio throughout the week.

    If you're on a budget you can do without weights, and just rely on body exercises (push ups, sit ups, squats, lunges, dips.etc). But you won't gain the added mass weights will give you.

    Good luck, see what works best for you!
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    I bought one of those $20 pull up bars that you place on your door frame. It was definitely worth it. I'm getting a good work out with it.
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