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1 Barbell Exercise for the Entire Body?

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by git_r_dun0405, Feb 20, 2005.


  1. git_r_dun0405

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    Is there one single barbell exercise, that works the entire body or atleast most of the body? One barbell excercise= total body work out?
     

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    entire body?? i would have to say power cleans.............
     

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    The squat is close, but it doesn't require as much from the upper torso or arms, so I'll have to say the clean-and-jerk.
     
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    Yeah, I was going to say the clean and jerk.
     
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    Ok, Sounds good. What or how is the proper way to perform the clean and jerk? And how often should I perform this?
     
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    How about the deadlift?
     
  7. California Jack

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    I agree with the clean and jerk. Another option would be a combination of the power snatch to an overhead squat. And yet another might be a power clean and press.

    You can clean and jerk three times per week. Learning olympic style lifting is difficult.

    Here are a few links;

    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/CleanAndJerk.html

    http://tomgorman.moonfruit.com/cleanandjerk

    I know you want only one exercise, but a very similar move that would be beneficial would be to augment your clean and jerk with a few sets of clean and press.

    Also, there are at least 2 styles of cleaning; the old school split style, and the more modern squat style.

    Good luck. Lifting this way is very challenging, yet is rewarding.

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to say that one of the advantages of lifting this way is that spotters are not required. Another is that a minimum of equipment is needed.
     
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    from my experience, deadlifts improve total body useable strength more than any other movement.

    as far as olympic lifts go, unless you have a coach to teach you, i would recommend reading a lot and starting with very light weight until you get the movement down.
     
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    Deadlifts are great. And if he wanted just 2 lifts I'd have recommend deadlifts and presses. But subscribing to only one lift, the deadlift would leave out pressing. Hence, the recommendations for the clean and jerk. The clean and jerk combines all three basic moves, a squat, a pull and a push.

    As far as difficulty learning, sure the C&J is harder than leraning to deadlift, but the snatch is the more difficult move of the 2 oly lifts. If git-r-dun has a modest amount of athletic ability and flexibility he can teach himself to clean and jerk in a month. Mind you, this won't be a technique worthy of competition, but he'll be able to get a fine workout in.

    But you are right. He'll need to read books and watch videos. Videoing himself lifting is a great coaching tool too. World Class Coaching's "The Worlds Most Powerful Lift" is very valuable to the self taught.
     
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    I work long hours, 6-7 days a week. I was just looking for an exercise that could be done in a minimum amount of time. I talk to some guys over on http://bodybuilding.com and they gave me some great ideas for working the body in just one exercise. Anyone heard of the "Bear" or "Modified Bear"?

    It consist of 12 movements per rep and 50 reps in 20 mins. I tried this last night after work and Im sore as heck all over this morning. ;P Talking about burn DAMN! ;P
     
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    Never heard of the bear or modified bear. Not much into bodybuilding though. Give us details.
     
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    I've seen that complex before. Never heard it called the bear before. One thing, that is a crappy looking front squat.

    I only see 5 movement per rep, where/what are the other 7?

    JAck
     
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    Well 11 movements. The way I do them. 1. Off the floor. 2. Up to chest. 3.Front squat. 4. Press up. 5. Lower to neck. 6. Squat. 7. Press up. 8. Lower to chest. 9. Front Squat. 10. Lower to waist. 11. Lower to floor. Slow and controlled. ;)
     
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    I gotcha now.
     
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    I am sorry, but maybe I have spent too much time on strength and conditioning boards, but I really have to be frank.


    Why would anyone only do "one" excercise with a barbell and weights?

    The only reason this question exists is to make internet message board fodder. It isn't a question that would make sense in the real world.

    If I only had access to a barbell and 400-500lbs of weights, I would clean+press, clean+frontsquat, deadlift, and especially barbell row.

    4 excercises, it isn't rocket surgery.
     
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    Joshua,

    You don't post on the P&B do you?


    Jack
     
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    The guy said that he worked 12hr days, 7 days aweek. Very little time do anything. Believe me I know the feeling.;Q
     
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