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Old 09-23-2007, 08:12 AM   #1
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:58 PM   #2
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Body rows. Pullups. Overhead pressing.
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:42 PM   #3
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Body rows. Pullups. Overhead pressing.
Seconded.

http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/229/

One of the best exercises is the front lever pullup progressions.. Start with the tuck isometric and work up to the tuck front lever pullup.
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http://www.lifelineusa.com/products.cfm?categoryid=17

The jungle gym is cheap and easy to use for the rows, planks, dips, pushups, etc. Plus it hooks to any door.
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I'm sure if you posted some pic's, we all could be way more specific and helpful in suggesting exercises that would be effective and help you achieve your goals.
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no votes for deadlifts? they do involve a significant amount of lower body muscle, but you can't deny the impact they have on the upper back musculature.
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What about heavy Cleans & Presses, I notices significant upperbody development after a lot more cleans.
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My goal was to keep the initial suggestions simple enough that a novice weight trainer could do them well without coaching.

Deadlifts and clean & press done incorrectly can easily hurt more than help. That's not to discount their value and importance, however.
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no votes for deadlifts? they do involve a significant amount of lower body muscle, but you can't deny the impact they have on the upper back musculature.
I know she doesn't have any weights and was gearing the suggestions to stuff she can do anywhere or in the dorm room. Of course the #1 mass building exercise would be the DL....but for this specific purpose I go with rows with straps/pullups depending on strength.
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I know she doesn't have any weights and was gearing the suggestions to stuff she can do anywhere or in the dorm room. Of course the #1 mass building exercise would be the DL....but for this specific purpose I go with rows with straps/pullups depending on strength.
absolutely, mike. if she's in a dorm, though, she's at a college, which may or may not have a gym with barbells, but deadlifting would be hard, though, without training plates to start with.

also, garrett, point taken about the form.

i add another vote to body rows/front lever progression
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