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Top Five Deserted Island Exercises?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Talking with a coworker here and he raised the question of what my top five favorite exercises were. Here's what I said

  • Burpees (the TOP exercise that I have a love/hate relationship with)

  • Pull-Ups (no amount of lat pulldowns can make up for being unable to complete a pull-up IMHO)

  • Bodyweight Squats (do enough of these things and your legs feel like rubber bands)

  • Kettlebell Swings (still getting the hang of these but really like them)

  • Kettlebell Clean and Press (seems like this addresses a lot of muscles and movement)

What are YOUR go-to exercises?

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

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on June 03, 2011
at 06:35 AM

I only have a hate/hate/hate relationship with burpees. Show me the way to love!

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on April 11, 2011
at 07:36 PM

I like clean and press's, they're fun! I am physically unable (too weak and too heavy) do any of the others..

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on April 05, 2011
at 06:25 PM

ah, Locke was so paleo wasn't he?

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on April 05, 2011
at 06:23 PM

i think kettlebell can be accomplished with some well knotted vine or strong kelp, and a really heavy coconut. once your done, you split the coconut (cool down?) and get your PWO electrolytes.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on April 05, 2011
at 06:10 PM

agreed; I hate them too but that's also why I love them

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on April 05, 2011
at 06:09 PM

Burpees are a useful exercise but I hates them.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on April 05, 2011
at 05:41 PM

side burpees? do tell!

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on April 05, 2011
at 05:35 PM

yeah, it's an island off the coast of venice beach, he he

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on April 05, 2011
at 05:34 PM

guess I kind of did include pushups...I put them in my burpees

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on April 05, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Push ups are my number 1, for sure. They do so much for you.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:57 PM

I might combine pulls and chins into one and add sprints as number 5. Gotta get some running in, how else are you going to catch your food?!

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:56 PM

This is my workout, twice a week. I use weight, so I go a bit beyond bodyweight exercises, but these basically cover the majority of your entire body. I like Burpees too, but those are more cardio.

Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Just thought of this: SWIMMING! It's an island after all! And maybe some sprinting...that's more than 5, though...

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:54 PM

pushups! i forgot those

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Pullups! Forgot those....Guess I'd better say SIX exercises

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Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

on April 05, 2011
at 04:50 PM

I thought the island was deserted? Except for a few kettlebells, barbells, plates and a bench? I would just list the basics, all bodyweight:

  1. pull ups
  2. chin ups
  3. push ups
  4. dips
  5. squats

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:57 PM

I might combine pulls and chins into one and add sprints as number 5. Gotta get some running in, how else are you going to catch your food?!

Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

(891)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Just thought of this: SWIMMING! It's an island after all! And maybe some sprinting...that's more than 5, though...

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:56 PM

This is my workout, twice a week. I use weight, so I go a bit beyond bodyweight exercises, but these basically cover the majority of your entire body. I like Burpees too, but those are more cardio.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on April 05, 2011
at 06:23 PM

i think kettlebell can be accomplished with some well knotted vine or strong kelp, and a really heavy coconut. once your done, you split the coconut (cool down?) and get your PWO electrolytes.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 05:35 PM

yeah, it's an island off the coast of venice beach, he he

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 05, 2011
at 06:05 PM

  1. Spear fishing
  2. Tree climbing for coconuts
  3. Rubbing sticks for fire
  4. Burpees, the only excercise ever needed
  5. Running from the smoke monster

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on April 05, 2011
at 06:25 PM

ah, Locke was so paleo wasn't he?

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:35 PM

  • Pull-ups: I'm with you, this is the Cadillac of functional exercises, along with squats.
  • Push-ups: Proper push-ups not only do their upper-body thing, but they also serve well for the core.
  • Deadlifts: I may just like these because I'm good at them and they are nice to my butt. I'm OK with that.
  • Back squats: All squats are good, these just happen to be my favorite permutation.
  • Split jerks: Just straight-up fun!

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 05:34 PM

guess I kind of did include pushups...I put them in my burpees

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Pullups! Forgot those....Guess I'd better say SIX exercises

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on April 05, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Push ups are my number 1, for sure. They do so much for you.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:54 PM

pushups! i forgot those

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535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

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on April 11, 2011
at 02:34 PM

BURPEES

SPRINTING IN THE SAND

SWIMMING

CLEAN AND PRESS WITH DRIFTWOOD LOG

CHINS OFF TREE

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58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:53 PM

All kinds of burpee variations (regular, side burpees)

Bodyweight squats

Push Ups

Pull Ups (haven't tried any real ones yet but should be challenging to do)

Use any found object for doing KB swing

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on April 05, 2011
at 05:41 PM

side burpees? do tell!

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on April 11, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I like Mark V's ideas- I'll add ball slams with a big rock. Boulder slams!

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on April 05, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Ummm...surfing?

top-five-deserted-island-exercises?

Swimming, if a board isn't available. (Underwater spear fishing to push some O2 limits.)

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on April 05, 2011
at 11:00 PM

I'm going with no equipment on this island. So that means no weights just what nature provides and my body. And some of these exercises I would include their different forms for variety.

1) Push-ups variations\Overhead pressing of rocks and tree branches 2) Pull-ups variations\Climbing 3) One-Legged Squats 4) Running\Free Running 5) Crawling

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on April 05, 2011
at 09:45 PM

just creating a proper fire would be enough: walking, chopping, lifting/squatting, breaking branches, carrying, dragging (pulling), if it's really heavy then also semi-lunges are included. Then when you want to make sure the fire is going you have to do quite some squats, semi push ups (to blow air), pushing and pulling.... then bringing heavy stones to secure the fire.

but in terms of "real" exercises: 1. push up - the queen of them all. 2. variety of punching movements (esp. with a small weight) 3. squats 4. deadlift 5. sprints/variations of jumping rope (with high knees, butt kicks etc.)

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on April 05, 2011
at 05:52 PM

  1. Squat
  2. Deadlift
  3. Bench
  4. Chin Ups
  5. Sprints/Clean and Press

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Power Clean/Clean Deadlift Squat Military Press Chin-up

Sorry, but you will NEVER find me putting bench press. My experience with the bench press is that even if you have perfect form, sooner or later, provided you go heavy, it's going to mess up your rotator cuff. I do heavy lifting and I just won't touch benching.

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