Hey guys! I saw a few threads which halfway addressed my questions, but not entirely. So here goes:
I've been weight lifting on and off for several years, am in okay shape (managed to finish P90X a couple months ago), and I'm about to go out of the country for ~6 months. I won't have gym access and will have very little room for equipment. I also won't have a place where I can install a pull-up bar - either stone walls which I can't drill into or old, very wide, slightly crooked doors that your typical door pull-up bar won't fit into. (And in any case it's a temporary apartment where I can't make modifications, so no installing anything semi-permanent.)
First off, will Simplefit work for me as someone who's not new to strength training? Mind you, I can't do that many pullups (only 4 at max, despite being a not-that-heavy girl), but can do 25 pushups in a good set and, uh, lots of squats. More than 25, definitely. I'm still not up to one-arm pushups, though, so I thought close-grips might be a good compromise. Likewise, squats are easy for me, but pistol squats are hard. I can only do 4 per leg right now. Is it wise of me to modify the program and start out at L1 doing close-grip push-ups and pistol squats? Or should I just start at L1 with an aim to beat L8 with unmodified moves first?
Second, since I won't have a place for a pull-up bar but do have a sturdy place to loop a set of resistance bands, I was thinking of doing lat pulldowns with the bands. I know they're nowhere near as effective as pullups, but I'm not really sure what else to do. I was looking into gymnastics rings, but I don't really have a place to hang them so that they're the right distance apart, and in any case if I'm bad at normal pullups I'm not sure if doing them on rings is a good idea. I'd kind of thought of finding a metal bar and laying it across two chairs to do bodyweight rows, too, but I've never done them and have no idea how challenging they'd be. Good idea? Bad idea? Any other alternatives?