Okay I am confused! I am hearing two different things. Weight training seems to mean going to a gym and using barbells and such to gain muscle whereas when people talk about strength training they seem to mean something closer to calisthenics; pushups, situps, lunges, etc.
I am doing cardio 6 days a week. 3 times a week I do calisthenics. I'm not looking to be some body builder or anything, I just want to be and look healthy. I'm a beginner with the strength training stuff. I know as time goes on you're supposed to change your routine to keep your body from getting used to it. I'm not against buying some weights but I really can't afford to pay for a gym. What is the best way to get results just from working out at home with not too much equipment?
I use 'strength training' to describe both but I guess it is a better way of describing just calisthenics. I do both weight training and strength training by your definition and I'm not aiming to be a body builder, I just want to be strong, lean and boost my metabolism.
In order to keep seeing results and improving your strength, you don't have to completely change what you do every few weeks, you could just increase the amount of reps or sets or make the exercises harder by doing variations (google it) or adding any type of weight you can find at home: just find something heavy.
You can get a lot of results from home bodyweight strength training. You can google those terms/search these forums for some exercise examples or routines or wait for someone to come along and give you some examples.
I call what I do "strength training", and I don't do that many bodyweight exercises. I think most people would assume strength training means trying to increase your strength.
I guess you could do strength training without doing weight training, but I would definitely not divide the two ideas like that. Both bodyweight exercises have the potential to build your strength and your muscles.
look at the FAQs on the top of the fitness thread for some "at home" ideas.
Weight training is a KIND of strength training - as is progressive resistance, bodyweight exercise, and isometrics.
So all weight training is strength training, but not all strength training is weight training ;)
I think it's mostly a question of where you learned your terminology.
You can know it as weight training, strength training or resistance training with an emphasis on or division into implement, goal and method - the outcome of training is mostly the same no matter what you call it ;)
Formally, resistance training is most used in sports science; in the literature weight training is mostly used to refer to the specific sport of Olympic weight lifting or power lifting. Strength training is used as interchangeable synonym with resistance training most of the time but it's considered a bit informal.
Personally, I prefer outcome-based terminology - I call it strength training whether I'm teaching a beginner how to get started with pushups or helping an experienced lifter add some pounds to their squat. The methods may differ, but the underlying principle of training (and training specificity) is the same ;)
It's not exhaustive, but the Options for equipmentless workouts should be enough to get you started thinking about where to find the level of resistance that's right for your current strength training ;)
I think I do a bit of both - I lift weights but I also do endurance type workouts using body weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls and such.
I recently purchased http://fitdeck.com/ the bodyweight workout set and because it looks good I also just added the supplements of "navy Seal" crosstraining and kettlebell workout decks too. I'm looking forward to mixing the decks together and getting a complete workout that is different every time.
I have found a love of kettlebells - I think I would get maybe 15 20 and 25 lbs to start - at least the 15 and 25 if you've not lifted anything heavy before. You might be able to find some used ones on cragislist or something. some workouts you'll be able to do the 25 lbs with ease other's you might find the 15 are perfect. It also depends on the reps your doing or time.
Bodyweight workouts can be very effective strength / weight training. All the weight lifting programs I've done all include push ups, pull ups, planks, and other ab work.
Like melkor, I call it strength training regardless of whether there is additional equipment involved -- the point is to increase your strength. Strength training includes weightlifting. Weightlifting is strength training (yes, even in pink dumbbell mode -- and increase in muscle endurance is ultimately a stronger muscle. Not for lifting, admittedly, but still stronger...).
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