Bodyweight Training Blog Roundup – June 21, 2015

Let’s get inspired!

It’s this week’s roundup of bodyweight training posts, videos and articles. Spotted something we should include next week? Contact me on Twitter!

How Prison Taught Me That Most Conventional Fitness Wisdom Is Garbage

Paul Wade shares an insightful article about his time in prison. He describes the challenges most people experience today with endless distractions and endless choices, and endless new fad workout programs to drift between.

People rarely make progress.

Wade goes over the litany of exercises you should consider for each major muscle group, why you should sleep more, eat a balanced diet, and drop the supplements.

As many of our readers already know, Wade explains that this is really the way people built their bodies before iron weight bars were created during the industrial revolution, and why this is the ancient wisdom we should return to for maximal fitness.

V-Sit to Handstand – BarStarzz

This was the best video I saw this week. This athlete does a very impressive controlled transition between a V-Sit on parallel bars to a handstand.


Wow!

Three simple bodyweight exercises that can predict how long you’ll live

Scientists have been able to correlate proficiency in simple physical activities to longevity. While this makes sense, it leaves open a few questions. For example, if you simply train on these activities alone, does it mean anything? Or is it that people who are fit tend to be adept at these specific activities, and therefore tend to live longer?

While I have no data to evaluate either way, I have to assume the answer is the latter. In this article, grip strength, a six-minute walk test, and self-rising are the bodyweight exercises used for self-evaluation.

The six minute walk test is perhaps the most illustrative of all, since cardiovascular conditioning and leg strength are involved with that activity.

But just being good at these three, in my view, is probably not enough.

But it’s a good start — and for those of you who are in shape, knock out each and see where you stand!

Go to Sleep: It May Prevent Alzheimer’s

Dr. Mercola wrote this piece this week, stressing the importance of a good night’s sleep.

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I’ve seen several citations this week of new research showing that disrupted or insufficient sleep may lead to the buildup of amyloid plaques, which are one of the hallmarks of the disease.

Here’s the most alarming passage from Dr. Mercola’s post:

Besides making you more susceptible to physical aches and pains, interrupted or impaired sleep can also:

  • Increase your risk of cancer
  • Harm your brain by halting new neuron production. Sleep deprivation can increase levels of corticosterone (a stress hormone), resulting in fewer new brain cells being created in your hippocampus
  • Contribute to a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, which can lead to weight gain
  • Contribute to premature aging by interfering with your growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep (and during certain types of exercise, such as high-intensity interval training)
  • Increase your risk of dying from any cause

If this isn’t enough to make you revisit your sleeping habits, I’m not sure what is.

21 Badass Yogis Around The World (Happy International Day of Yoga!)

This is an inspiring post bringing attention to the inaugural International Day of Yoga, and introducing a number of yogis you can check out on Instagram to help educate you.

Yoga is a form of bodyweight fitness that combines a number of bodyweight poses with exercises that build mental stillness and concentration. It’s a topic we plan to dive into a little more in the future here at BodyweightLife.com.

 

And with that, we conclude this edition of the Bodyweight Training Blog Roundup. Have a great week!