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    What I mean to say is: I don't have access to a gym anymore here, and it hurts, so I am looking for alternative ways to stay active. If I really wanted to, I could head into town and pick up some dumbbells to workout with, but I have no real idea of what to do.

    For the record, my experience in the gym was primarily on the cardio machines. I would walk/jog/run/jog/walk for 20-30 minutes, bike for 15 and row for 20, which I did about three times a week. Since moving out to the country, my only real exercise has been walking home from the worksite, which is about 45 minutes over some seriously hilly terrain. I would go running, but it's flippin' cold out and I don't want to go running on a highway with ice around and that is quite literally my only real option.

    I want to start building up my core strength and make my arms stronger, but I don't have too too much to work with. I do pull-ups while at work randomly, which has been nice, but I'm looking for some more either bodyweight exercises, or dumbbell routines that would help convert this flab into something a little more usable.

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    Get a stability ball and buy some dumbells.

    The stability ball can have multiple uses. You can sit on them while doing crunches, and use the ball to prop up your legs so your back is straight, while you do push ups.

    With the dumbells, you only need 20lbs or so, don't go overboard on the weight. Just use the dumbells and do curling for starters. After your strength builds up you should get into more difficult stuff. (truthfully I can't remember the name of a few of the fucking exercises from the top of my head)
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    You can do just about any exercise with dumbells you can do at a gym with machines and it's usually more effective since you'll also be using core muscles and other muscle groups to stablize while doing an exercise instead of letting the machine do it for you.

    Just google exercises for the muscle groups you want, I'm sure there's 1500000000 pages on it. Or, depending on if you can get to a gym or not, most gyms will hook you up with a few sessions with a personal trainer for pretty cheap.

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    I used to go to a local gym but it was costing me nearly 400 a year. Now I just use a Dumbell, Barbell and Bench set that I bought a while back. The hardest part for me is sticking to a good diet. I'm trying to bulk and not lose weight so I don't do much cardio. Unless you're already fat, a good diet and some free-weights should do you fine.

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    I am a little on the chunky side, so I think I have finished my 10 year bulking cycle. I am eating mostly vegetarian now, although I usually have little idea what's in what I'm eating, and, unfortunately, I've been eating a whole hell of a lot. I am coutneracting that now by paying attention to how much I eat and just applying common sense, and also the long walk that I will SOON ENOUGH do everyday, although I've been slacking for so long now that it's like starting over.

    I would love a bench, but there is just too much hassle with logistics to deal with that at all, so it's just dumbbells for me. I want to say that I am too lazy to google, but that's not strictly true. What I am looking for here is the opinion of people who know quite a bit about weightlifting and can give me good advice on where to start and what some good exercises are for bodyweight and effective cardio routines.

    Also, I've been seeing a bit about HIIT training, but I have no idea what it is, and my last cursory google search yielded only confusion. It does catch my attention, though.

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    Well, without a bench you haven't got much of a choice when it comes to Chest exercises. The only ones I can think of are Dips where you lean forward and weighted Pushups. Both are more for endurance than muscle building.

    Other than that you should be alright. Off the top of my head:
    Biceps: Dumbell Curls
    Triceps: Tricep Extensions, Tricep Kickbacks
    Deltoids: Lateral Raises, Front Raises, Shoulder Press
    Back: Bent-over Rows, Weighted Pull-ups, Weighted Chin-ups
    Legs: Squats, Lunges, Calf-Raises

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