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Initial post: Mar 29, 2007, 7:19:49 AM PDT
Swift says:
This book sounds extremely interesting because it's focusing on very FEW good exercises, is based on science and has gotten really good reviews.

However, I want to know if I can complete the exercises at home, with a few small tools (no big machines). What tools are absolutely required?


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2008, 8:45:43 PM PDT
chris akin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2008, 12:21:48 PM PDT
R.S. says:
Barbell, Dumbbells, Bench and Plates are all that's absolutely necessary.
You'll probably want a squat rack, chin-up bar, and Swiss Ball (for crunches) as well, but you could probably get around that if you had to.

You don't need an ez bar, there are NO CURLS in this workout. It's all compound stuff, no isolation.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2008, 8:46:59 AM PDT
2nd confirmation on no curls. The ez-curl bar does appear somewhere in a non-curl exercise but it's definitely not essential for a basic home gym. The minimum home gym required to do the exercises in this book are a good set of adjustable weight dumbells and a swiss ball - period. The majority of the illustrated exercises involve a barbell and many use a bench too, but there are listed dumbell alternatives for almost all of them. That being said, if you have the room and money for a barbell and a bench in addition to the dumbells and swiss ball your life will be much much easier. The swiss ball is used for crunches and Russian twists in almost all of the routines - don't forget it. In a minimum gym config the swiss ball can sub for a bench for many of the moves - like dumbell bench press, fly, etc. Even if you have a bench doing presses and flies on the swiss ball adds variation and difficulty. If you will be shopping for a bench, forget about the ones with leg lift/hamstring curl features on the end. You will not use those exercises with "New Rules". You'll be doing squats, dead lifts, lunges, good mornings, and variations for almost all your leg work. Trust me - it's the bomb and you won't miss contorting yourself into those sad little leg lift/hamstring curl thingies ever again.
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The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle
The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle by Lou Schuler (Hardcover - December 29, 2005)
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