I use bodyweight training for strength AND power. Here and there, conditioning circuits as well, using faster, more explosive bouts.
I mentioned something in a recent e mail and man did it get peeps fired UP.
I said that if you can't perform bodyweight movements such as pull ups, handstand push ups, etc:
You are either:
A) Too Weak
B) Too Fat
C) ALL of the above
Of course, some people cried and freaked out and were a few emotions short of dialing 911 on me, but, MANY others gave me a "Hells Yea"!
Bodyweight training forces people to Man the F**K Up.
Bodyweight training lets you know if you can move your own body with efficiency or if you are gonna get an ass whoopin'.
Bodyweight training gives you the straight up feedback if you are REALLY strong, capable of not only deadlifting, benching and squatting heavy, but being in control of your own body.
In the video above I was mid way through an upper body workout, I decided to experiment with some push up variations using the sling shot AFTER I was already fatigued from liftin' heavy shiz, and it felt pretty darn cool. I went on to perform cross over medicine ball push ups, one arm push offs and the brutal close grip push up.
But, you also noticed recline rows on rings coupled with variations of medicine ball push ups.
I crank pull ups constantly.... Yep, I eat those bitches for breakfast. If my pull ups are feelin' sucky, I KNOW I need to get leaner and adjust my nutrition. I also adjust volume with my pull ups as too many pull ups, done too often start to have a negative effect on me.
Yesterday I cranked a ton of box squats, BUT, after each and every set I hit a different style of pull ups, 5 reps each set. Even on leg day, I make sure the pull ups are taken care of.
Was it Dan Gable who said the following quote? "If it's important you do it EVERY DAY."
Question for You: What are your thoughts on bodyweight training?
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