Bodyweight Fitness Roundup – January 2017

Greetings friends! This is my first Bodyweight Fitness Roundup for 2017.

Let’s take a moment to recognize that with the new year comes resolutions–some of you may have started bodyweight recently, or added more calisthenic moves to your weekly routines. Good luck no matter what that looks like for you!

Lots of great content awaits–let’s get to it!

Before beginning, I thought I’d share a little of my early 2017: I’m taking advantage of renewed dedication to the path I started a couple of years ago. I went through a couple of Crossfit onramp sessions, but unfortunately some family health concerns have taken up the time I thought I could survive outside the home; now I have more reason than ever to work out without going anywhere!

Already this has resulted in, to be brutally honest, more workouts in the first two weeks of 2017 than I performed in all of November and December (Even the Onramp sessions). I’m happy to report I’m starting to feel a bit better again.

Anyway, enough about me–let’s get to the best bodyweight fitness content I’ve seen this month!

#1 100+ Fitness Motivation Tips for 2017

So this one isn’t entirely bodyweight/calisthenics related, but let’s be honest a lot of the struggle is mental. As I mentioned before, my situation changed and forced me to abandon plans to start doing Crossfit. That’s not going to be everyone’s problem, but I also realize I could have let that stop me from working out altogether.

Instead, I got off my keyster and got back after my goals.

It’s mental.

With that, I recommend having a look through Garage Gym Planner’s “How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out” resource for 2017. Lots of great fitness experts contributed to this and there’s something in it for everyone.

Joan Pagano contributes a little nugget aimed at us bodyweight afficionados:

Calisthenics is The Key  —  Learn proper form in bodyweight basics like pushups, squats and planks that you can do anytime, anywhere, no equipment needed.

There’ s plenty more in there, so go have a read!

#2 Shameless Plug: Is Bodyweight Right For You?

I’ve been updating the content here at BWL pretty extensively, and I’d like to point you to a resource I recently added to my post on 16 Reasons to Switch to Bodyweight Fitness.

This infographic lists — and the post explains — the seven major considerations that you should evaluate if you’re thinking of making a move to primarily bodyweight exercise. It’s not for everyone. Give it a read, and if the infographic is helpful, share it with your friends on Pinterest!

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Is Bodyweight Right For You?

#3 Man Vs. Weight – 9 Beginner Bodyweight Workouts and 7 Rules You Should Follow

Man Vs. Weight has become a go-to resource in the field. This latest post is a great example–a well written illustration of the major rules to consider in bodyweight fitness, a clear explanation of several different types of workouts, and then a detailed breakdown of 9 different workouts you can adopt as part of your program.

It’s level headed advice: start with the basics, sleep enough and get good nutrition, and use fundamentally sound technique.

Follow a workout that is just good for your level (not too easy, not too taxing). Pushing yourself harder than you are capable of may cause overtraining, which is the last thing you’d want to happen.

On the other hand, taking it too easy won’t do much for your progress and might be more of a waste of time. Most of the workouts listed above would be perfect for beginners, so chose one that fits you well and go ahead!

MVW provides good in-depth content and this is no exception. Check out the post here!

#4 Bodyweight Vs. Gym Strength

Homemade Muscle shared this post on the ongoing debate between bodyweight fitness and gym strength training. I’ve written about this topic before also but I like Anthony’s take on the topic.

What I do believe though, is that having a solid bodyweight routine is key to a long-term fitness lifestyle. Bodyweight-exercises are amazing because you can do them anytime and anywhere – no matter what’s going on in your life. Personally I prefer training at home and now and then switching to a nice park-workout  when its good weather and I have time. But hey, that’s just me… You can be as flexible as you want!……..

Turns out bodyweight-exercises combined to Mind-to-Muscle-techniques don’t only build relative-strength (strength in relation to one’s bodyweight). They most definitely also build absolute strength! Within 3 workouts I benched 220lbs (100kg) for reps as you can see in the video below! Not bad for someone weighing 159lbs and who hasn’t lifted weights for upper-body strength in almost a decade, right?

Anthony’s empirical evidence here illustrates that bodyweight training can and does translate into strength at the gym! Later he explained that his drive for bodyweight remains strong, even though he gave it a shot at a local gym.

Nice work, Anthony!

And now, Inspiration from Instagram!

 Samuel reminds us here to keep at it!

And finally, Frank Medrano gives us the 5 minute finisher. That’ll leave a mark.

That’s it for this month! Onward, bodyweight warriors!