Just one comprehensive, even if long, daily workout?

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    Just one comprehensive, even if long, daily workout?

    Hello everyone!

    I am a bit weird: if many people get bored by following the same routine everyday, and prefer varied workouts, I am quite the opposite. I like the idea of having a single routine, even if long, everyday.

    Naturally, and due to previous experiments, I know that any routine must be balanced, including a variety of exercises for all body parts and the angles in which they can move, and some exercises will better change after a while because they can be replaced by more advanced versions.

    I have followed Darebee programs for a while, but I feel I should try out a more "everyday the same" approach. I tried compiling a list of all the exercises in the level 1 programs but it was quite tedious.

    My current idea - which obviously can be tweaked with time - is to stick to the same - probably long - list of exercises until I can do all of them for about 100 reps each, without sets (I will start with sets and gradually get rid of them), and then move on to harder exercises or bigger numbers. Eventually I would like to get to the exercises used in the level 5 programs (but without weights).

    Can anyone help putting together a suitable list?

    As a note on previous experiences, I followed programs following on few (5 to 10) exercises, but I found they did not help adequately joint and tendon strength. So I know I need more variety. And I know splitting days would make it easier time- and energy- wise, but since I am not concerned about time at this stage, and since one of my goals is to develop great endurance (but no running please), even 50 exercises are ok. I can start with one rep a day (well, not literally, I know I can do more, thank God) and see where I get from there, God willing.


    Thanks for your help!

    #2
    Have a look at the work of Paul Wade. He boils his program down to 6 exercises: Push-ups, Squats, Leg Raises, Pull-ups, Bridges and Handstand (-Push-ups). He uses progressions, so you can find a suitable version of each exercise. You don't have to follow his program necessarily, it's probably a bit too much strength related than you are looking for, but it might be a starting point.

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      #3
      Thank you Andi64 . I have tried Paul Wade's and similar programs. That's what made me like the idea of a unvaried daily routine, but the exercises being limited to 6 was not sufficient in my experience. That is too minimalistic for my goals, and it made me push too hard on certain movements, while wholly neglecting others. That is why I appreciated Darebee's variety, especially the early shoulders exercises, because I realized I really needed them.

      If I recall correctly, Wade's theory was that, by working slowly enough through the program, tendons and smaller muscles would be sorted out instead of being left behind by the bigger muscles. Ultimately for me it was just not efficient or enjoyable enough. Maybe it works for those who seek pure strength and like to exercise slowly... I like to move.

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        #4
        Maybe you could try a different approach: choose a full body workout you like and do it until you have enough or do not fully master it and then move on to another one, in this way you do not always do the same exercises but vary but without changing every day like a 30 day Darebee program.
        At the beginning I did this and started with two workouts that I continued to do until I felt satisfied and they did not become too easy:





        Just to give an example with a couple that I really liked

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          #5
          Thank you Fremen . I might try this out. Not gonna lie, your username (I'm a Dune fan) did motivate me more, along with the advice making sense. XD

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            #6
            A short while ago, I put together a list of level 1 tendon workouts that you might be interested in here and Fremen provided a list of other tendon workouts here. If you have been looking at level one programmes, why not go through the level 1 workouts that have been provided in the most recent release Fitness over 60 - not because I have any idea about your age but because these are good workouts and I have used a number of them for rehab purposes, or just because they are a bit of fun.

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              #7
              Have you tried Reddit r/bodyweightfitness Recommended Routine? https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightf...mended_routine
              It includes joint prep warmups, skill and strength work, complete with progressions and alternatives. It's 3 times per week and you can do cardio stuff on off-days (pick a Darebee HIIT workout and just go faster/harder when it becomes easy).

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                #8
                Ciao Ars Aequilibrii!

                There are a few points I would suggest with regard to a long routine, especially one of the type you mention.

                Quality of exercise is just as important as quantity of exercise. Doing the same routine every time until you can do (e.g) 100 without a break is good, but your body gets used to it.

                If you want to build endurance... that's good, but endurance for what? Do you have something specific in mind? Any endurance will require an element of functional training (i.e. that exercise).

                With all that said... If it suits you, whatever works. Forza!!

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                  #9
                  Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! As I write, I seem to have gotten more comfortable with just following the existing Darebee programs, but I will return to these suggestions and try them out if I feel the desire for a single routine again, God willing.

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