Exercise Summary. I did my first workout on Wednesday and, for the second week in a row, will do the second workout on Friday (today). I’ve moved on to Uneven Push-ups, Uneven Squats, and Flat Straight Leg Raises.
During my first workout, I found the Uneven Squats difficult to do and expect I may be on this step of the Leg Raises series for quite a while. Also, since I was unable to hold the Wall Handstand for a continuous 90 seconds, I will attempt that again today.
Considering Another Change. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I reconsider my workout plans every 6 minutes or so. This time, rather than considering different bodyweight workouts, I’m thinking about switching to barbell workouts but can’t figure out how to do it without breaking the bank.
The program I want to take up is Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. It’s simple, effective in a short time, and I know people who recommend it highly.
While bodyweight exercises may work in the long run, I am becoming impatient with my progress. I like the idea of just being STRONGER and doing it relatively quickly.
My #1 impediment with starting this program is equipment.
- I don’t want to join a gym (all the nearby ones suck for free weights anyway).
- I don’t already own a barbell, weights, a squat rack, etc. Yeah, I have a couple of dumbbells and 50- and 30-pound kettlebells, but that’s all.
- Buying weights and racks is EXPENSIVE, even when using something like Craigslist to help lower the cost.
Anybody have any good ideas or resources I can use to help figure out a way to do this and not spend a fortune? For instance, anyone out there know of a way to inexpensively build a squat rack (as opposed to buying one pre-made)? Could it be done out of pipes and plumbing supplies from Home Depot? That sort of thing.