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Stopping bodyweight training
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I've been working out for 8 years. Working out roughly from once to three times per week. I only do bodyweight exercises so that's probably the reason why I still look like complete shit.
It's weird because I'm short as hell (5'5) yet I didn't get any short men gains. I did start from being really skinny like only 90 pounds but still I'm only 132 pounds (60kg) soaking wet.
I've seen YouTubers and bodyweight guys who were able to get decent results from bodyweight alone. Probably it's not for me.
Should I cut out this bodyweight training and finally sign up for a gym to finally make gains?
I decided to "bulk up" back in 2016 and made it to 140 pounds but only my midsection and double chin got bigger.

I more or less have the body of Drake Maverick (wwe wrestler). I'm around his height with same frame.
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Thoughts? And oh I've been a reader of Natty Or Not since 2014. I even read your previous blog before this one and I forgot its title.
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(09-12-2019, 07:11 PM)Rickley Wrote: I've been working out for 8 years. Working out roughly from once to three times per week. I only do bodyweight exercises so that's probably the reason why I still look like complete shit.
It's weird because I'm short as hell (5'5) yet I didn't get any short men gains. I did start from being really skinny like only 90 pounds but still I'm only 132 pounds (60kg) soaking wet.
I've seen YouTubers and bodyweight guys who were able to get decent results from bodyweight alone. Probably it's not for me.
Should I cut out this bodyweight training and finally sign up for a gym to finally make gains?
I decided to "bulk up" back in 2016 and made it to 140 pounds but only my midsection and double chin got bigger.


I more or less have the body of Drake Maverick (wwe wrestler). I'm around his height with same frame.
[Image: a0de931ded4cdeaf95b33804d93285b43f3baa2dv2_hq.jpg]

Thoughts? And oh I've been a reader of Natty Or Not since 2014. I even read your previous blog before this one and I forgot its title.

I am going to answer each bolded part separetely, hope i can clear things up

You cannot make any substantial long term muscle gains only by doing bodyweight training. I cannot stress this enough, its just not possible. The primary driver for muscle growth is progressive overload. How can you possibly increase your weekly tonage by bodyweight training? 2 things, either increasing your own bodyweight, thus increase the weight you lift, or by adding extra weight during the lift . One problem though, how much extra weight do you think you are going to be able to add before your body becomes accustomed to the added weight? You will then have to add more weight. So whats the issue you say? Well bodyweight training does not train all muscles equally. For example, dips while a fantastic exercise for shoulders/chest, if done in excess can  and will eventually cause an imbalance in your shoulders,  specifically rear delt vs side delt. Guess what will happen, when this imbalance becomes big enough ...

Another issue, is increasing your own personal bodyweight. Muscle growth does not happen daily. And to make matters worse, you would need to increase your bodyweight by 5lbs every single week, in order to increase your monthly tonage by 20lbs (a typical way of progressive overload) Can you guess how you would look like, six months into doing that? yikes... And to add even more salt to the burn, you would NEED to keep your bodyweight as stable as possible , because bw flactuation would cause an imbalance in your weekly/monthly tonnage lifted. This is very hard to achieve, and close to impossible, especially if you are a normal person that just wants to be in good shape.

The only reason you have seen Youtubers making good gains by bw training, is because they use drugs. And a shit load of them. Just because they are training in a way "nature" made us to train, does not mean they are not willing to inject a cocktail of drugs. And truth be told, they are actually injecting more than the average gym rat, because they have to make up to the lost tonnage they dont lift, compared to the average gym bro who does more weekly tonnage.

Last but not least, the only reason your bulk did not work out as you intended to, is because you did not provide enough stimulus for growth.

In my opinion, you should join a gym, and follow a basic progressive overload program. You dont have to cut out bodyweight training, in fact bodyweight training, in conjuction with weight training provides even more benefits than doing either one alone. Also, i would give good focus on leg training. One of the huge drawbacks  of bodyweight training, is that you do not train your legs. And no, bodyweight squats does not provide any load for your legs to grow.  Having weak legs, reduces your overall bmr, tdee, and insulin sensitivity. Reason being, in short, your legs make up 50% of your body (roughly), and weight a lot more than your chest/arms. In addition, you use them more  (walking to the store, climbing stairs) . If you increase your legs mass, thus their weight, a walk to the store that would previously burn 20-30calories, now  burns 50. Not much you say? Add those calories up, plus some form of cardio, and you are now free to eat one extra meal.  Big Grin
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