Bodyweight replacements for standard barbell exercises?
November 8, 2012 8:59 PM Subscribe
Thanks to Sandy, it'll be a couple of months before I have access to a gym. If I describe my usual barbell routine below the fold, can anyone recommend bodyweight exercises that target approximately the same muscles without any equipment?
posted by d. z. wang to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
The exercises I'd like to replace are deadlifts, squats, power cleans, bench press and lat pull-down. I feel pretty good replacing bench press with push-ups (I bench ~60% of my body weight), but I deadlift and squat more (~125%) and pull-down much less (35%?), so the obvious candidates (one-legged bodyweight squats, pull-ups) don't quite work. Unless there's some variant or progression that lets me adjust the difficulty by changing leverage or something? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
N.B. when I say "without any equipment" I literally mean I have a bed, a rickety plywood nightstand, four walls, and a door frame (that cannot support my weight). And a stack of junk mail, because apparently the USPS has been doing high-availability since before high-availability was a thing people did.