I am currently working ABBH I right now. The strength gains and size gains are coming around nicely, so I think I'll continue using CW's programs for a while.
In the summer, I am leaving on yet another Navy deployment toward the Persian Gulf... Training has always been an issue underway due to crowded gyms and limited equipment. The crowd factor is such that it's difficult to superset or complete circuits with any sort of reliability.
They just revamped the gyms on the ship to be outfitted with mostly dumbbells, a few cable towers, chin/dip stand, some benches, various machines, a smith machine and cardio equipment. If I'm lucky they'll have left the oly bar behind so I can do DL's, clean pulls, front squats, etc. when it's not too crowded.
Has anyone had any experience on doing programs with dumbbells only? If this is such a limiting factor, what facet of training is this best geared toward (i.e. cutting, bulking, strength, strength endurance, etc.)?
I know that both CT and CW advocate the use of heavy weights to induce size, but I don't know if this arsenal will be sufficient enough in that realm. Also, I'm a little lost on what I would do for lower body developement.
I was thinking about digging up King's old "limping into ..." series, but I just don't know. I haven't ever really used a smith machine until now, but I'm not sure I like them. I tried doing a smith good morning... Horrible idea. Back squats were o.k. with them, and I assume front squats will be about the same.
Last deployment I brought a couple k-bells with me and worked out in the hangar bay for at least half of my workouts. I didn't really get stronger from it, but I upped my conditioning significantly and lost a ton of fat.
Anyone have some suggestions? I'm kinda at a loss...