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Kiddo2004
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I was on Zuzana Light's website (www.bodyrock.tv), and I was wanting to know how she got into the shape she's in. I think she had to have done some weight training, but from the site it says that all she does is bodyweight workouts. My husband said you guys would know best, so what do you think? Did she probably do weight training in the past, or could she get in that kind of shape with solely bodyweight workouts?

Here's a picture for reference:

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BONEZ217
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The short answer is no one here (barring anyone that knows her personally, I've never heard of her) knmows what she does other than what she's said.

If she did it with bodyweight stuff and calisthenics then she's lucky. No doubt she has worked very hard. But no one else can look like her or anyone else besides herself, for that matter.

If youre looking to get in better condition than you need to find what works for YOU. Diet, training, lifestyle changes. No one else matters at all.

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FightinIrish26
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I disagree- it's entirely possible to get that just using bodyweight work. She's not especially large, just very lean. Bodyweight circuits in combination with a solid diet could get you in that kind of shape... and I don't even want to say give you those kinds of "gains" because again, she's not overly muscular.

If she's got decent genes than it's entirely possible.

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debraD
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FightinIrish26 wrote:
I disagree- it's entirely possible to get that just using bodyweight work. She's not especially large, just very lean. Bodyweight circuits in combination with a solid diet could get you in that kind of shape... and I don't even want to say give you those kinds of "gains" because again, she's not overly muscular.

If she's got decent genes than it's entirely possible.


I agree with this. But, I think most women would have more success using weights.

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JonEightPackGuy
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You know she's formerly softcore pornstar as well

Perhaps all the masturbation helped.

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kross001
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JonEightPackGuy wrote:
You know she's formerly softcore pornstar as well

Perhaps all the masturbation helped.

HaHaHa!

Jo Jordan at EliteFTS posts her pics and videos (workout videos not the others) in his log. She seems to work pretty hard. Her midsection is unreal.

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cuzimsomoney
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BONEZ217 wrote:
The short answer is no one here (barring anyone that knows her personally, I've never heard of her) knmows what she does other than what she's said.

If she did it with bodyweight stuff and calisthenics then she's lucky. No doubt she has worked very hard. But no one else can look like her or anyone else besides herself, for that matter.

If youre looking to get in better condition than you need to find what works for YOU. Diet, training, lifestyle changes. No one else matters at all.


This post is perfect.

Its not about looking like her, its about doing the best that you can with what you are given..... Look like the best you possible

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Spartiates
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If you go to the website you references in the OP, isn't it all about how to look like her?

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Kiddo2004
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In order to dive into a workout program that will fit my goals, I've been looking for a figure I can aspire to. That's how I came across Zuzana's site. I'm currently starting a weight program, which I hear is a great way for girls to get lean and strong, but I was confused when I heard that Zuzana only does bodyweight workouts. I just want to be spending my time effectively.

So, what do you guys think? If I want to get into that kind of shape, ought I be doing weights or bodyweight workouts (provided my diet is in line, of course)? Also, do you think a figure like hers is best obtained by using weight training or strictly bodyweight workouts?

Thanks for the input!

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Spartiates
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Mrs. Kagamaster wrote:

So, what do you guys think? If I want to get into that kind of shape, ought I be doing weights or bodyweight workouts (provided my diet is in line, of course)? Also, do you think a figure like hers is best obtained by using weight training or strictly bodyweight workouts?

Thanks for the input!



I think a figure like hers is possible with only body-weight, after years and years of slow, clean progression. I don't think body-weight only is the best, or quickest way to get a figure like that. My guess is that she didn't get a figure like that from just body-weight training, but perhaps maintained by body-weight training.

Once you have a solid foundation to work with, the entire project become easier and more forgiving. If you lift heavy, and develop a solid aerobic and muscular base, maintaining it becomes relatively easy (compared to creating it).

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Kiddo2004
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I think a figure like hers is possible with only body-weight, after years and years of slow, clean progression. I don't think body-weight only is the best, or quickest way to get a figure like that. My guess is that she didn't get a figure like that from just body-weight training, but perhaps maintained by body-weight training.

Once you have a solid foundation to work with, the entire project become easier and more forgiving. If you lift heavy, and develop a solid aerobic and muscular base, maintaining it becomes relatively easy (compared to creating it).[/quote]

Thank you very much for your input. It makes perfect sense!

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BJJER
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Not true, click on the link and at about 3 min in you can see her using kettlebells. I'm sure that she uses other types of added resistance as well.

http://asp.elitefts.com/...553&tid=148

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E90335i
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BJJER wrote:
Not true, click on the link and at about 3 min in you can see her using kettlebells. I'm sure that she uses other types of added resistance as well.

http://asp.elitefts.com/...553&tid=148


I could watch that all day....

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Rodimus Black
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I don't think obtaining a body like that would take "years and years". Hell, there are ladies in the military that have bodies like that based on bodyweight exercises that we commonly do (pushups, situps, pullups, squats, lunges, etc.) Get the diet down, and in time, you too can be in that type of condition. Now, this is not taking genetics into the equation, mind you.

Mrs. K, where are you starting from? By this, I mean height/weight/BF/your measurements. If you're comfortable with sharing, please do.

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ladieslove
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JonEightPackGuy wrote:
You know she's formerly softcore pornstar as well

Perhaps all the masturbation helped.


is that true??

she does look wicked awesome. not wicked awesome to the extreme... but wicked awesome.

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MommysBody
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Genetics have a lot do with ones ability to build muscle and what "shape" their body will have when they do build muscle. I build easily and do mostly body weight excercises. Most assume I am way stronger than I am bc my muscles can look very full. I love to lift weights, but have to keep it light to not get overly muscular and I run ALOT to keep my legs streamlined or they get blocky.

Also, ones bone structure matters. Someone with wide set clavicles can build a much nicer set of shoulders and develop a better V taper than those who don't. I can be lean as possible, and I will never have a narrow waist because I have a broad rib cage and NO hips - so a small waist is not possible.

Don't be so quick to judge what someone else must be doing (or not doing) based on your own ability (or lack of) to achieve what they have. Everyone's set of circumstances (and genetics) are different.
Get in the gym, eat clean and do the best with what you have. :)

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EmilyQ
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Her body weight routines reminded me of this article about complexes, which I love:

http://www.tmuscle.com/...redded_physique

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reneeweimer
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The complexes are wonderful. Very butt-kickin!

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TOU1
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Actually one of the best programs out there these days is CrossFit....especially for women. For whatever reason, that program works better on the girls than it does the men. In that video someone posted above on her work out...it is very similar to a CrossFit workout.

80% or more of Crossfit is body weight stuff...lots of pull ups, push ups, body weight squats, dips etc...yes they do add in some weights on occassion but in general its mostly body weight. I would assume her commenting that she doesn't use weights to get her body probably meant she doesn't go to the gym and "Pump Iron".

Also for all the anti-CrossFitters out there...many of the recient articles and routines mentioned here are crossfit "Type" workouts just not called "crossfit"

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idowhatican
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to the OP:

Your talking about just using bodyweight exercises. I don't know what condition your in; but try hanging from a bar for 20 seconds.

After that, try doing 'man' style pushups.

If you can hang from the bar, try and do a kipping pullup. <----- I actually don't recommend you do this, as you could injure yourself.

Anyways, point I'm making, is depending on your conditioning, using resistance training may make more sense. Or a mix of bodyweight exercises and resistance training.

When I started getting back into shape when i was 22 I could NOT do any measurable amount of dips or pullups.

Eventually I could do 10 sets of 10 for pullups (albeit the last 4 sets I was jumping into my pullups :) )
and weighted pullups.

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trbizwiz
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I am way late to the bus here. BUt HIIT or Cross fit, or comfit, or body weight work outs or what ever you want to call it is a very reliable way to get in to the shape she is in. Your starting condition, genetics, adn motivation will be limiting factors. Limiting your speed of success, and or amount of success.
the HIIT (high intensity interval training) the intensity and duration are the most important factors. Working extremely hard for 30 minutes is the key to success.

The second most important part is a good mix of varied exercises (muscle confusion). The primary focus in HIIT is core strengthening. that is good, becausee likely you main goal is her AB's. But a strong core is more than a pretty set of abs. It is what will help keep you injury free, and highly mobile as you age. Remember your core consists of muscles on your front and back, a great core is well balanced.
Cross fit is a similar variation, and they use more weights. A boot camp or com fit class will be more body weight.

ANy of these types of work outs will be a mix of cardio adnstrength. If you want great cardio wyou will still need to do road work. Cardio is critical for condition (IE fat levels) Diet and a good cardio (by cardio I mean the body's ability to use fat and oxygen for energy rather than the muscles glycogen)will help you get cut. HIIT or weights will help you get strong. It just depends pon what type of strong you want to be.

I started HIIT in January. No previous cardio work. I weighed 282 and benched 325. I had a cornea replacement adn had to lay off heavy weight lifting for a prolonged period.
Even being strong as a musle I had trouble keeping up with the smaller people guys and girls alike. I could go like crazy for 3 to 5 minutes, then fight to survive the next 25 minutes. fast forward 4.5 months, I still bench about 300, but I can do a full 30 minute workout with out puking or passing out. I can do multiple sets of pushups for 40 seconds with out stopping. That sounds easy, but do pushups for 40 seconds with out stopping, then do burpees for 40 seconds with out stopping, then go back and see how many pushups you can do.

I will go back to weights when my new cornea is fully healed, but considering I am nearly as powe strong as I was before adn now I am much more durability strong, also I cut from 282 to 235, adn I will be 37 years old in July. I have not been 235 sinc3e I was 22. I think HIIT will remain my primary workout, with road work in the morning, HIIT 3 to 4 days per week, and heavy weights 1 to 2 days per week.

Admittedly, being in better condition, I have changed my goals, I no longer want to bench 400 lbs, Now I want 6 pack abs, which I should have by my 37th birthday.I also have small children, and keeping up with them ( I coach most of their sports) is a new priortiy as well.

I do not think there is a wrong answer, but a lot of the mental stuff can be gained from a good HIIT teacher, and getting a good weight trainer would be considerably more expensiveand time consuming. HIIT is a class so the cost is deferred to the many students, alos there is theelement of competition not wanting to be the first to quit, or as you get stong wanting to be the first to finish in the rep non timed sets.

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Gumpshmee
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My opinion on the matter is: possible? yes.

But it would be more economical with your time, will power, and recovery to focus on heavy resistance training (which bodyweight excercises can be) and diet. Bodyweight circuits can be added to accelerate the cutting process, but I find it inefficient and it can lead to the wrong mentality that you can out train your diet.

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Meat Romney
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i don't mean to underscore all these brilliant people, but this lady does put up a workout every week on youtube- do that three times a week could be a good start

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ds1973
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She is so hot. She does use weights like kettlebells (as others mentioned). I'm not sure how much she talks about nutrition, but that's critical in getting so lean. Also, she does have implants, as women that get that lean will lose a lot of breast tissue (fat). So when you say you want to look like her, be realistic in your expectations. To see your abs like that, you'll need to get pretty lean.

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Toshiero
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BONEZ217 wrote:
The short answer is no one here (barring anyone that knows her personally, I've never heard of her) knmows what she does other than what she's said.

If she did it with bodyweight stuff and calisthenics then she's lucky. No doubt she has worked very hard. But no one else can look like her or anyone else besides herself, for that matter.

If youre looking to get in better condition than you need to find what works for YOU. Diet, training, lifestyle changes. No one else matters at all.

Slight disagree here. Look at Gymnasts, they do it 95% all bodyweight, female and male so its possible.

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