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    Default Bodyweight Russian Bear?

    Has anyone tried the the Russian Bear program with bodyweight exercises? IF so was it effective? I'm experimenting just for kicks and giggles. Pushups, HSPUs, Pullups, Rows, Squats, Bridging and Leg Raises. :P

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    Jajaja, did we!

    Naked Warrior Bear

    If you feel like reading of course. We discussed A LOT of strategies ranging from doing a true bear program (with the first sets being a bit more difficult), to just using the concepts of volume and intensity from the original program, and modifying the reps accordingly.

    If I recall correctly, the conclusion from most people that did it was that 10 sets of 5 reps was pretty good (though you can certainly do more), and that the program had some serious strength gains in addition to the mass gains. Not all of us did it, and the ones who did it didn't do the program for that long, but I feel like there are some pretty good tips in there

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    The program works very well. I have done a few cycles of it in the past and will actually get back to it soon again when I'm cleared to train again by the docs (some nasty illness prevents me at the moment). It will increase mass and strength.

    Since the thread posted by comrade 305pelusa I've made some tweaks and am currently looking at incorporating weights into The Naked Warrior Bear, but not turning it into The Bear, rather just simplifying the progressions (i.e. doing weighted pullups and dips rather than exotic variations).

    If you give it a go, please post what you're doing and your gains in the original thread.

    Good luck.

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    Thank-you comrades, I knew I'd seen the discussion before. I'm going to try it for at least 2 months since Pavel noted it took about that much time for the men in the Hollywood Unit to see serious results; and since I'm combining CC & the Soviet Bear, I think something corny like the Convict Soviet Bear ought to work, ha.

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    i'm imagining zookeepers drawing straws for who has to feed the bear. The bear that's super pissed about being locked up, doing 1-arm pushups and pistols to be ready for any lapse in security...

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    How about an "Easy Strength" 40 BW calisthenics workout? I've tossed a couple of ideas around in my head, but I haven't actually tried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillLumbergRKC View Post
    i'm imagining zookeepers drawing straws for who has to feed the bear. The bear that's super pissed about being locked up, doing 1-arm pushups and pistols to be ready for any lapse in security...
    LOL, sounds like a Far Side cartoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt_Dan View Post
    Thank-you comrades, I knew I'd seen the discussion before. I'm going to try it for at least 2 months since Pavel noted it took about that much time for the men in the Hollywood Unit to see serious results; and since I'm combining CC & the Soviet Bear, I think something corny like the Convict Soviet Bear ought to work, ha.
    If you're going to do it for that long you're probably best of changing something up after 3-5 weeks.

    Are you saying you will do all the six movements from CC? If so, do you plan on doing 10-20 sets of all or how will you program it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by senorchupacabra View Post
    How about an "Easy Strength" 40 BW calisthenics workout? I've tossed a couple of ideas around in my head, but I haven't actually tried it.
    I tried something like that (long before Easy Strength came out) and it didn't work very well for whatever reason. I haven't tried the 40-day program with weights so I don't know how I would respond to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Com. Stefan View Post
    If you're going to do it for that long you're probably best of changing something up after 3-5 weeks.

    Are you saying you will do all the six movements from CC? If so, do you plan on doing 10-20 sets of all or how will you program it?
    Yes, I will be utilizing all 6 movements, and variety in the form of different sequencing of the movements. Is that enough?

    I'm dialing back and starting with step 5 of everything, just to be safe. Some are easier, others not so much. HSPUs have always been really tough, but I'm picking away and keep making slow progress.

    I want to be able to do 20 sets of 6 in everything before moving on. Some of the tougher ones (like HSPUs) I started with 10 sets of 4, which I will build on. Its actually really progressive if you look at it that way! O.o

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