The Bodyweight Bodybuilding Training System
How to Train Like A Spartan
Get Rid of Joint Aches & Pains
Pack On Lean, Powerful, High Performance Muscle
I still remember that moment as if it was 3 minutes ago. I was walking down the hill, next to what was known as the most hard core gym in the country. I heard the music blasting from outside the gym walls. The music and the vibe was literally bleeding through the walls and as I walked down the hill, heard the music, felt the energy…. I forgot that my back was feeling strange.
I opened the door and the loud music, sweat and stench in the air hit my face like a ton of bricks. A good ton of bricks, though, the kind of bricks man wishes he could be hit with. I saw men train balls to the wall everywhere my eyes turned.
I heard weights clanking and loud weights being slammed to the floor. It was “Go Time” and I saw no other way then to go to war…. it was leg day. I put my jacket away and made my way to the stationary bike to warm up, right by the gym counter. The music was so loud my ears were ringing but I also had goosebumps because I was feeling super human at the moment, I kid you not. I felt like a machine.
One of the big guys walked by me when I was 3 minutes into riding my bike and said, “Yo, Zach! What are you training today?” I answered him with thunder in my voice….. “I’m training legs today and if you wanna train with me you better be ready because I’m Fired UP today!”
He didn’t train with me. I think I scared him off. When the clock hit 5 minutes I began my warm up before attacking the squat rack. I squatted 455 for 6 reps that day. My adrenaline was so high my back must have been communicating with my brain to let me finish this workout.
The workout continued, set after blistering set. Everything around me was a blur, except for the weights that I had in my hands or on my back. I finished with stiff leg deadlifts at 385 lbs for 5 reps.
The workout had finished and I felt I’d had the best damn workout of my life. I walked outside, up the hill, in the cold air. Steam rose from my face in the cold winter night and I hopped in my truck and made the 25 minute trek home.
An hour later I was at home, getting things ready for my work day the next morning. I always ironed my clothes and packed my lunch the day before so I was organized. I dropped the hanger from my shirt and bent over to pick it up. When I bent over I felt as if I had just been struck by lightening in my lower back.
“I threw out my back picking up a hanger….”
I was frozen, literally…… I walked backwards while hunched over and felt onto my bed and didn’t move out of my bed till 1 pm the next day.
That was the first time I injured my back…. but not the last. As the years went on, every year out of the blue that back spasm would come back. Not a big deal though, I rested a few weeks and came back slowly. I was young, lived at home with Mom and Dad and life was EASY.
Year after year, the injury happened again…. and again…. and again. But the pain never resonated with me until I was a Dad.
“Eventually, These Injuries Started Ruining My Life….”
This time, it WAS a BIG deal. You see, I was a Dad, and this back injury was not something I could shake off and rest. I was in excruciating pain while giving my 3 month old daughter a bath. My back was feeling as though it was on fire the entire time I gave her a bath.
I was sweating from the pain. When I finished giving her a bath, I could barely stand up. I mustered all the energy I could and forced my mind to think about Navy SEALs and the pain they could go through yet still be unstoppable. I was pathetic. I felt pathetic. I planted my hands on the bath tub and grinded my way to my knees. From there, I lifted my baby girl up, all 16 lbs of her.
I’ve deadlifted over 500 lbs and squatted 455 for reps. 16 lbs felt like I was lifting the world. Maybe I was….. my daughter IS my world.
My back was screwed up for what seemed to go on forever, in reality, it was 12 months of pain. I called ALL the experts in the strength & conditioning field and asked about recovery, stretches, back rehab, etc.
I was embarrassed and also angry, not just at my self, but at lifting weights in general. As the years went on, every few months, boom, same damn injury. But the injuries didn’t end with back pain, instead, I started getting other injuries. Shoulder injuries, severe knee pain, strange and painful chest pain and pains in areas I never experienced before.
I remember being in Boston on a business trip. Every morning I woke up, dropped and cranked 50 push ups and 50 squats to get my day going. My chest and shoulders felt tight…. abnormally tight. I thought it was the morning tightness one feels after laying in bed for the night. Not so.
A week later I was cranking a simple workout at my gym. The push ups were feeling painful…… a pain I had NEVER experienced before. By the time I got to 23 push ups I was in agonizing pain and had to stop my workout.
“I Thought I Tore My Pec… While Doing Push Ups!!??”
I was Ticked OFF! I said “Screw this….. This SUCKS!” I quit my workout. I NEVER quit my workouts. This was getting OLD. I was depressed BIG time and kept it bottled inside…..
I tried to train around these injuries. But the injuries kept messing with me physically AND mentally. My metabolism was slowing down and my stress was on the rise as I couldn’t train the way I wanted to.
“I Felt Like the Barbell Was My Enemy….”
I built a grudge against free weights from barbells to dumbbells, when I should have simply realized that my weaknesses were being exploited by the barbell. I began to study bodyweight training more than ever. I decided it was time to rebuild my body and when I want something I go straight to the lead source.
I came across a few guys who not only inspired me to take my bodyweight training to the next level, but they taught me things about bodyweight exercise and bodyweight workouts that I had never thought of.
“These Men Proved to Me That You Can Become a BEAST With Bodyweight Training…”
These guys reminded me of World Renown Powerlifting Coach, Louie Simmons, who operates ‘The Westside Barbell Club’ and is known as the strongest gym in the world.
Louie’s training system transforms men into BEASTS. His lifters make gains unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. They pack on brute strength and muscle faster than any program they’ve experienced before.
“These “Bodyweight BEASTS” Were NO Different….”
These guys were jacked, ripped and strong as all hell. I was impressed, inspired and willing to test the waters and turn myself into my own human guinea pig.
I connected with some of these “Bodyweight BEASTS” by luck and grilled them on everything that I wanted to benefit from:
- how they train for building lean muscle
- how they train for developing explosive power
- how do they train their legs with bodyweight workouts alone
- how they address injuries
- how they eat to pack on mass, develop brute strength AND get ripped
They answered EVERYTHING I asked and then some…..
I knew I wanted to take my own personal “Bodyweight Experiment” to a different level than the typical bodyweight circuits everyone else uses. One of my biggest influences has been Louie Simmons and how he uses his methods to build the strongest men in the world….
His methods are known for the shocking development of brute strength, packing on muscle as fast as humanly possible as well as developing explosive power.
I decided my “Bodyweight Experiment” was going to utilize all the techniques of the strongest men in the world so I could go way beyond calisthenics for conditioning. I wanted BEAST mode and nothing less.
I set my goals and organized my training regime into the necessary elements to make these goals happen while getting rid of these lame injuries that kept ruining my life and depressing me.
Like I said before, I was adamant on ensuring this ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ program went waaay beyond the traditional bodyweight workouts. I wanted these bodyweight workouts to produce the same results I would get from my old workouts that comprised of heavy free weight workouts.
The bottom line was that these workouts were going to….
- Pack on Functional Muscle
- Develop Brute Strength…. Strength that shocks people and makes them take notice, not that Sissy Strength that pretty boy bodybuilders get
- Develop explosive speed & power – I wanted to be agile, mobile & hostile. These Bodyweight BEASTS HAD it, with OUT even touching free weights
- Burning Fat and getting lean & mean, instead of that puffy powerlifter look
As soon as I began addressing my injuries and following this unique system of ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ the results came way faster than I expected. I thought it was too good to be true. It was SIMPLE. But it was REAL.
“I Started Feeling Stronger AND Healthier Immediately….”
I seriously planned on following this “Bodyweight Experiment” for 30 days and then planned on getting back to some heavy lifting. Good ol’ squats, deads and benching.
But I began to get emotionally & spiritually connected to these bodyweight workouts. I know that sounds strange, but after getting injured so much and feeling depressed I felt like I came across a miracle, I kid you not.
Instead of the original 30 day plan, I trained with bodyweight workouts exclusively for just over 3 months. Here and there I jumped in on a workout with my athletes using bodyweight, sandbags and kettlebells, but that was RARE.
One would imagine you would lose lots of size training exclusively bodyweight but this was NOT the case.
"A Badass Bodyweight Only Program to Follow"
– Jason Ferruggia Founder, Renegade Gym / Chief Training Adviser, Men’s Fitness Magazine
"A Great Resource for Developing Superior Core Strength While Adding Lean Muscle..."
–Elliott Hulse, Strength & Performance Coach
"The Beast interviews are motivating and instructional"
–Brad McLeod, Former Navy SEAL. Founder, SEAL Grinder PT
"Build Muscle ... Without the Limitations of a Gym"
–Chad Waterbury M.S., Author of Huge in a Hurry
“I Felt Tighter & Leaner Within The First Week….”
From all the bodyweight training my body actually felt like it had a full on pump at all times. It was a shocker to me at first and I started realizing the power of bodyweight training and why these other guys who use bodyweight exclusively look the way they look.
But, even better then feeling tight, strong and athletic, the thing that I was enjoying most was….
“I Was Stress Free, Injury Free & Had More Energy Than I Had in The Past 5 Years….”
The problems that came from lifting heavy all the time were:
- My body was under constant stress….
- Physical Stress from trying to recover from always heaving around heavy weights as well as the Mental Stress from psyching up over and over again to lift heavy weights.
- Heavy lifting literally glued my body down. My muscles and joints were EXTREMELY tight, my flexibility went to hell and it was literally as if my joints and muscles were gluing themselves down. This poor mobility caused bad movement patterns which led to my recurring injuries and constant nagging pain from the time I woke up each day to the time I finally lay down to sleep.
When I was lifting heavy I was waking up with:
- Foot Pain
- Hand Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
Like I said before, the pain was affecting me so intensely I was getting depressed. I was lost and didn’t know what to do.
“Pain SUCKS. Period.”
The experts say that our lives are driven by pain. We’re always trying to avoid pain. This is true to an extent. The pain I was avoiding was the emotional pain that came from being unable to play with my kids without pain.
I wanted to throw a Football to my son without pain. I wanted to be able to run at the playground without pain, play Tennis with my daughter without my shoulder nagging me….
I NEVER wanted to be a dead beat Dad who was too much of a meathead and too focused on strength alone when the truth of the matter is, your Health is # 1. Without your health, you have NOTHING.
Back in the day….. I’m talking about the 1940s and 1950s, the magazines had it RIGHT! They called their magazine ‘Strength AND Health’ – You CAN’T have one without the other. I’m a perfect example of what happens when the sole focus is on strength and muscle building.
You turn into a useless piece of junk. You become a mass of useless muscle with more injuries than you can count. It’s pathetic.
The men featured in these Health AND Strength magazines were REAL men. They had the strength to lift 300 lbs from ground to overhead yet they could also perform gymnastics, hand balancing and advanced bodyweight exercises.
They trained for a healthy balance of overall athleticism. As a result, these men demonstrated a rare combination of strength, power, flexibility, speed and lean muscle mass.
Not only were they able to perform and move with grace while lifting heavy weights or performing gymnastics, they also had the type of body that most men today would die to have.
Do YOU need to be able to walk on your hands or lift 300 lbs overhead to build this type of healthy and balanced physique? Hells NO, I am simply proving a point. These men were never walking around beat up and injured.
These men focused on overall health and athleticism and they still ate like MEN.
Steaks, whole eggs, whole milk, butter…. None of this eating like a bird with egg whites and tiny portions that wouldn’t even satisfy a 8 year old boy. They trained like men AND ate like men. You can do the same IF you follow the right program.
Now that I’ve rebuilt my body and recaptured my health I am feeling like a million bucks.
I now utilize both ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ AND heavy lifting together. I no longer experience the aches and pains I once had and my energy is sky high.
I tracked every workout I went through during my 90 day ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ experiment and wrapped it all up for you.
I’ve received countless e-mails from men just like you and me. Beat up, banged up and overall, living with constant pain and not feeling or living 100%, who now want to put those painful days behind and become what a man should become, Strong AND Healthy.
“I Used to Feel Like a Heap of Useless Muscle…. It Was Aggravating AND Embarrassing…”
It’s a time I refuse to go back to and a time that I never want to experience again, I’m sure you can relate if you’ve read this far. If you’re a Dad then it hurts even more to feel this way. Nothing sucks more in life than being a Dad with no energy, aches & pains all over and unable to play with your kids.
This is why I’ve created ‘The Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ System….
Inside of ‘The Bodyweight Bodybuilding System’ You Will Get:
Bodyweight Bodybuilding for Beginners ($37 Value) —To ensure you get started safely and most effectively, you can kick start your ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ training with our intro program, giving you result producing ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ workouts to quickly start packing on lean, functional muscle while getting rid of the unnecessary aches and pains in your joints and muscles, without training like a sissy.
Bodyweight Bodybuilding 12 Week Training Plan ($127 Value) — This is the entire 12 week unique ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ program that blends strength, speed, explosive power, muscle building and athleticism into an All In One, Complete Muscle Building System to produce immediate results.
Each phase lasts 4 weeks and you can do one phase at a time and then come back to the next phase down the road OR go straight through ALL 3 phases. The beauty in this program is NOT just the results, but also the flexibility of being able to implement any phase at any time.
Each of the 3 Phases of ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ will arm you with the most powerful, result producing exercises, set & rep combos, eliminating all unnecessary guess work while skyrocketing your strength & muscle building gains.
The Bodyweight Bodybuilding Video Tutorials ($37 Value) — Check out these Exclusive Videos showing you exactly how to progress and break down our ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ exercises so you can safely and properly perform each exercise with maximum effectiveness according to your individual fitness ability.
Performing proper technique is one of the most powerful weapons behind ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’. We’ll show you how to make each exercise suit your individual needs and in the process you’ll pack on muscle 2 X as fast without injuries. The magic is NOT just in the program but HOW you perform each exercise.
The Bonuses You’re About to Get Are Worth the Investment in this Program Alone:
The Bodyweight BEAST Files ($97 Value) — Never before have I ever been so impressed by TWO men and their prowess in bodyweight training.
One of these BEASTS weighs close to 220 lbs and moves with the grace and power of a 150 lb world class Gymnast. This “BEAST” reveals ALL:
- his exact warm up to safely prep the mind and body for intense bodyweight workouts
- his exact nutrition regime that has him shredded at a bodyweight of 220 massive pounds
- his exact training regime day in and day out
- how he progressed from boy to BEAST through the months and years using bodyweight exercises alone, NO additional free weights
- how you can master the muscle up on both the rings and bars
- how to develop maximum strength and explosive power in BOTH your legs AND upper body using bodyweight training only
- the most effective bodyweight training secrets for packing on lean, functional muscle that will carry over to both sport and the real world
The other man, a BEAST on the bars, able to perform feats such as 20 muscle ups in a row and over 40 strict pull ups…. He’s part of the most powerful bodyweight training group in the world, known as The Bar-Barians.
Inside this hard hitting interview you’ll get his no holds barred tips on:
- His exact training regime and how you can optimally blend your bodyweight bodybuilding with free weights for maximum results
- The Nutrition tips for eating like a man, getting strong, lean and mean
- The top 4 ab exercises and how to use them for a rock solid core
- The “Complex Chest Workout” that you can perform in any gym or home gym using free weights and bodyweight. Follow this routine once a week and watch your chest pack on lean muscle while improving your upper body strength & speed.
- The top 3 barbell lifts you must use to improve your Bodyweight Bodybuilding prowess and have a carry over to your pull ups, muscle ups, dips, push ups and more.
- What does it REALLY take to become a Bar-Barian? The truth will shock you.
5 X 5 + Bodyweight Bodybuilding ($97 Value) — For the meatheads out there who can't let go of the barbell or want to add barbell work AFTER finishing Bodyweight Bodybuilding, this is for you.
In this Bonus course you'll get the following:
- 8 Week Training Cycle of 5 X 5 + Bodyweight Bodybuilding Workouts
- 15 Barbell Lifts to Choose From
- Program Design Strategies for 5 X 5 Coupled with Bodyweight Bodybuilding
As you can clearly see, I’ve gone through the pain & suffering so YOU don’t have to.
I’ve done ALL the leg work, researching and experimenting on myself and my athletes, finding the best of the best, getting them to reveal their most closely guarded secrets and compiling EVERYTHING together into One Complete System, valued at $345….
Not to mention the physical & emotional pain you’ll be saving yourself from, which we simply can NOT put a price value on. Your Health is PRICELESS.
Now is your opportunity to snag The Entire ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ course for a fraction of what it’s worth for a one time payment of $47....
Before you make your investment I want to make one thing clear. By investing in this program, which I have put my blood, sweat & tears into, you agree to do the same when committing to the program.
Just like the athletes at my gym, I ONLY train and work with honest, hard working people. If you’re a cry baby, whiner or complainer do NOT step forward. My # 1 focus is on helping honest, serious and committed people achieve their goals.
If you are ready to step forward and put forth your honest to best effort then I am excited to welcome you aboard. From this point on it’s ass kickers only.
The Most Kick Ass, 60 Day Iron Clad, Money Back Guarantee…..
I Genuinely CARE About Your Success
Kick Ass Guarantee # 1: If in 60 days you don’t feel this program worked for you and you gave it your honest, best effort, then e mail me & We’ll refund your investment ASAP, every last penny, no hard feelings.
Kick Ass Guarantee # 2: If you didn’t get the results you expected during your first 60 days then e mail me and we’ll set you up for a workout with me, at The world renown Underground Strength Gym in NJ. I’ll personally take you through a ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ workout.
Kick Ass Guarantee # 3: If after 60 days of utilizing ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ you don’t feel more energetic, have less aches & pains and feel healthier AND stronger, just e mail us and we’ll refund your investment immediately.
As you can see, I’m committed to your success and I genuinely CARE about your success. That’s how I roll, no lies and no facade, this is the real me and one way or another I’m gonna help you get stronger, feel more energetic, get rid of those unnecessary aches and pains and overall improve your health.
If you’re ready and fired up to kick some ass then let’s get started!
Strength & Performance Specialist
Founder, The Underground Strength Gym
PS — I’ve made this decision as risk free as possible for you. You’ve literally got nothing to lose. It’s time to man up and be a man of action, a man of conviction. Do what other men won’t do, don’t do and make excuses about. Stand apart and rise above.
PPS — Below are some answers to frequently asked questions, check em’ out if you’re still unsure….
How did you come up with the system behind ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’ & why is it so powerful?
After training hard and heavy for over 20 years my body was in break down mode. I was making excuses for being too busy to address my injuries and the throbbing aches and pains. I was waking up with joint pains and going through day after day fighting injuries and not knowing what to do.
I finally took aggressive action and learned how to blend health AND strength together. I learned that being healthy does NOT mean using sissy workouts. I train harder now than I did before, the BIG difference is I also train smarter.
Because I’m a family man and I have tends of thousands of loyal followers of my blog, I listen carefully to what they need and a HUGE request was how to continue to get stronger, pack on lean muscle mass AND stay healthy. I didn’t want other men, especially family men, to experience the pain I went through, so I began my mission to help other men avoid my pain.
Can Athletes Use ‘Bodyweight Bodybuilding’?
That’s a GREAT question and the answer is YES, absolutely. The workouts I prescribe are based around athleticism as I am blending strength, power, functional muscle building and fat loss together.
I’ve used the 5 X 5 + Bodyweight Bodybuilding program on my athletes and they experienced powerful & FAST results with strength & speed gains as well as gains in lean muscle mass.
How Long Does it Take for you to Ship my Books to me?
There is NO shipping and NO waiting.
This program is a downloadable system. BOTH the e books and the videos. You’ll be able to access the training program within minutes after your investment. You can literally get started on Bodyweight Bodybuilding today.
How Long Does it Take to See Results?
Your results will usually be visible by the 2nd week of your training. There are many variables that can alter this, such as your commitment to proper nutrition, proper rest, commitment and consistency to the workouts, etc.
I would be lying to you if I said this was easy and you will be ripped and have women stalking you within days after this program. Results are earned and that’s the truth. The more committed you are the faster your results will come.
If you have excuses or fear hard work then I suggest getting the thigh master or something more suitable for your level of commitment.
What if your program doesn’t work for me?
I stand behind my word 100%. Just e-mail us and we’ll refund every penny of your investment. You have nothing to lose and you can keep the program even after I’ve refunded your entire investment.
YES! I Want The Bodyweight Bodybuilding Course!
Hey Zach, It’s going great! I went through 5×5 + Bodyweight Bodybuilding and felt myself getting stronger. I am on week 3 of the Intro course of bodyweight bodybuilding and have never been able to do this many pushups and pull ups in my life. It feels great! I have even started throwing in some partial handstand push ups and will be sure to let you know when I get a full one.
Here are some stats from before and after 5×5 + bodybuilding
Max Push ups before: 20, AFTER: 30 (with better form than before too)
Max Pull ups before: 12, AFTER: 15 (Planning to get 20 by Christmas)
Muscle ups before: 0 AFTER: 1 (pretty sloppy but still…)
Handstand Pushups before : 0, max hold against wall of 45 seconds. AFTER: 5 partials (about 6″ from the ground)
The plan is to get to 20 pull ups, 50 push ups and 1 Headstand Push Up by Christmas. That gives me 20 days. I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for the excellent program and all your inspirational emails/videos/interviews!
Thanks for following up!