The answer is a lot.
Not just strength, but stamina and mental toughness.
People have been doing it since long before the sissy ass globo gym was invented.
Simply by hauling logs, stones and each other.
If you think you need a barbell and the latest machines to build a strong,
fast, asskicking physique, you are dead wrong.
Look at gymnastics, talk about strong and it’s almost all bodyweight training.
I decided to try out an minimalist approach to training last summer
and the results are anything but minimal.
My work capacity has never been greater, not even when I was a competitive boxer.
I’m more agile, faster and injury free.
When I started lifting again I was moving more weight than before.
This is how I train my clients and they are staggered by the results they are getting.
That is with the actual workouts rarely lasting longer than 30 minutes.
Let’s talk equipment.
You really don’t need anything, you can get away with a branch
and a few stones but these things help and are relatively cheap.
Rings or TRX:
After having my $15 plastic rings break during a muscle up I recommend splurging on quality rings, mine are dense hardwood, easy on the hands, will last a lifetime and cost around $60.
Amazon or eBay is your best bet.
The TRX you can make yourself for 10-20$ here is a good how to.
Canvas army duffelbag or similar heavy duty bag.
I bought mine on EBay for $10 and I have loaded it to more than 200lb without problem.
So with good straps for my rings my “backpack/take anywere gym” costs $85. Not bad.
It weighs in at 15lb, so it’s a nice weight to run with on your back.
Just remember that simple does not mean easy.
I will be describing a few of the workouts and technique in future posts.
So stay tuned.
Train for life