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Thread: Heavy Guy Calisthenics

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    NSmetzer is offline Senior Member
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    Default Heavy Guy Calisthenics

    I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I may never weigh much less than the 250lbs I weigh now. I do, however, want to continue to progress with calisthenics as far as I am able. I know it won't be as far as someone lighter but I know I could progress fairly well despite the weight. I want to know if anyone has knowledge of heavier calisthenics practitioners, how they train, and where I can find their training style? I currently feel like I am spinning my wheels not getting much further. I spent a year on Convict Conditioning and barely made any progress. I am finding that maybe I am not built for the higher rep range? Should I stay low rep while progressing to harder progressions? Adding weight / resistance? I am certain their are several paths toward the same goal but looking for new options. Thanks!

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    The only thing I could find for big guys is on tnation. Search bodyweight workout for big guys.

    For your case, if you can do the harder progressions, go ahead and try them out, see how far you can get.

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    I will check that one out. Yes I can do harder progressions, handstand push-ups, 5-10 pull-ups, dips, straight bar dips...etc... but the higher rep ranges elude me. May be simply the drawback of being bigger or maybe I need to get stronger with harder progressions in order to come back and do more reps. Maybe do high set / low rep instead of low set / high rep?

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    Somewhere in Cc or CC2, or somewhere else, I remember reading Coach Wade talking about the old dude in the prison that taught him a lot about the progressions. He used the hardest progression he could manage and did 5 sets using reps of 5-4-3-2-1. Don't remember what the rest between protocol was. You might want to try that and see what you get. As I remember, Wade said he was pretty big for an old dude.

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    Different things work better for different people. If you can do the harder progressions and high reps aren't working for you, I would just work on the harder progressions. I like to do a couple sets of an easier exercise as a warmup without pushing it too hard and just try to add another rep or two once in a while.

    When you say high reps, what range are you referring to? If you look at other strength programs like Starting Strength, Stronglifts, or Power to the People, they generally don't go more than 5 reps. Even other body weight strength programs like Naked Warrior, Armour of War, or the recommended routine from Reddit are in about the 5-10 rep range.

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    Well, higher reps for me is 10+ Pull-ups, 20+ Push-ups or Dips... and probably 20+ with legs...etc... I've gone over the Fighter Pull-Up Program and think that I may adapt that to a full body program utilizing the same scheme. May stick to the 5RM system (or even 3RM) and just add weight when I get through it and repeat. This seems more my speed definitely. Maybe the raw strength building will translate into more reps.
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    They say that getting stronger does indeed help your reps. If you only train high reps, you'll plateau sooner than someone who is also training low rep strength.

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    Welp, starting day 1 of the Fighter Strength Program (Pull-Ups, Pistols, One Arm Push-Ups, Bridges, and Hanging Leg Raises). See how this works for my heavy butt.

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    Bro I've struggled to lose weight until I started fasting. It works!

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