Just recently moved into a city I am 20 and like being active. I haven’t found a gym I like yet and was hoping someone knows a few tricks to stay in shape in an easy yet effective way in a small city apartment. I don’t necessarily need to lose weight but would love a nice night stomach and maybe a little added strength.
Any ideas ?
Dance mother fucka dance. Get a strenuous job (if feasible$. Get a bike or some rollerblades. Do pushups with claps, go for sprints (not runs), do WORK, rock that body. Rock yo body.
Lifting weights is kinda gay yeah I said it.
@mercurial That is pretty wild…
@hilroyjenkins I have a bit of experience with this kind of thing. The best way to stay in shape and get abs is cardio, so just run (mix up sprints and long distance). Running is awesome because you can do it virtually anywhere and should take less than an hour. Aside from cardio; if it is strength you want, dumbells (low weight) would be an excellent investment. Once you have those you can do some intense circuit training. An example circuit might be: 30 sec of push-ups, 30 sec of military press, 30 sec of lat raises, 30 sec of front raises, 30 sec rows, 30 sec shrugs, 30 sec curls, 30 sec hammer curls. The trick is to do as many reps as possible (with good form) in those 30 seconds and try to do as many sets/circuits as you can. You can do similar circuits for abs and legs as well. Body weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, sit-ups etc) can get you by until you have dumbells.
@hilroyjenkins, You have perfectly good weight that doesn’t cost a thing… your body! Not basing this on anything, just assuming that most people on here weigh at least 100 lbs, so I will guess you have that to work with. Do the prison workout, just body weight exercises. Pullups if you have the setup, pushups, squats, lunges, planks are some of the best workouts for abs, things like that. Like others have said, get out and run, jog, walk, get that cardio going.
p90X!! I’ve been doing it for a while and its the best. It’s only about an hour and a half everyday and it does wonders for the way your body looks. I’m a lifeguard at a community pool and I’ve already caught a couple moms staring at my body. Even got a couple verbal compliments ;)
@TaureanH I love P90X I started that with a group but it is hard now to get back into without their motivation but maybe I will start again.
Today I went on an adventurous walk not knowing the outcome, it went amazingly ! Talked to people at random and it went great. Thanks all for encouraging me! and will get more of a indoor routine with your suggestions of small workouts but this small walk was a great start I feel!
@hilroyjenkins, You should!! We can be each other’s motivation. Because of work and basketball I’ve missed wayyyy too many days and I’ve been thinking about starting over. We can start it together and check with one another to make sure we did the workout for the day!
I would do some yoga. Youtube has many full length work outs ranging from beginner to advanced. I would start out with a full beginners hatha yoga class or vinyasa. Yoga is great for building strength and creating good posture I’ve been practicing yoga since the beginning of may and my stomach has never been flatter!
I do this one in the mornings before work and I feel so great and energized throughout the entire day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Wt9CFb-4s
@mercurial, However much time you need. If you can back this up it would make an excellent post for the site. This site is all about 30 day challenges. I’m planning on following through regardless though.
How many can you do?
I agree with most of the above comments.
Get a pull up bar, some dumb bells, a jump rope, and an exercise ball.
Then just stick to body weight exercises, yoga, and jump roping.
I read in one of Bruce Lee’s books that 10 minutes of jump roping is equivalent to 45 minutes of running and I believe it. Get a timer and jump for 3 minutes straight, after 3 minutes take a 1 minute break and repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 times. Immediately after the last 3 minutes I do 1 minute of burpees and by the time the minute is up my body is completely dead.
Another thing that has been mentioned but is important is to just try to walk as much as you can. Stop taking the elevator and take the stairs. If you are driving somewhere park a little further away so you walk more or just walk the whole way.
Also if you are looking for really good stomach work outs check out the exercises in The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris. There are two workouts he highlights that are really amazing.