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7 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Into Bodyweight Workouts–Like Herschel Walker!

Celebrities and Bodyweight–The Herschel Walker Workout

If you ever doubted that there are famous people who’ve reached the pinnacle of success using only bodyweight workouts, just wait until you get a load of the Herschel Walker workout.

Herschel Walker is a BEAST.

In his prime, he was reportedly doing 5,000 pushups and 5,000 situps.

EVERY DAY.

But he’s not the only celebrity to use calisthenics to maintain a camera-ready body.

Let’s take a look at the some  famous people you may not know work out without weights.

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Ultimate Calisthenics Exercise List 2017

Ultimate Calisthenics Exercises List 2017

ULTIMATE LIST CONTAINS 251 CALISTHENICS EXERCISES

Lots of people consider calisthenics exercises to be for lightweights.

Now it’s true that bodyweight generally won’t bulk you up like a bodybuilder with oversized muscles, but as long as you’re progressive about the load you put on your muscles, you’ll get very strong–by making the exercises more and more difficult.

But what happens when you’re stuck doing the same 8 exercises over and over and over? You need inspiration!

To that end, we’ve compiled the most comprehensive calisthenic exercises list we could, with 220+ of the most challenging bodyweight moves we could find.

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Face Off: Calisthenics Vs Bodybuilding

Tonight’s Main Event: Calisthenics vs. Bodybuilding

By now it’s clear there is a growing community of people who are committed to training with only the weight of their own bodies, plus some minimal equipment like bars and perhaps kettle bells or dumbbells.

You may be part of that community.

There is also a strong belief among gym-goers that calisthenics do not give the same physical benefits that they get from pumping iron.

Here’s what I have to say.

QUIT ARGUING!!

You can build your body with bodyweight exercises.

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Best Power Tower / Pullup and Dip Station For 2017

Looking for an affordable workout aid for the home that allows you to build your chest and stay in better shape? So was I! I’m proud to say my wife and I are now owners of the best power tower around!

I’m excited to say this because instead of a free standing pull up bar, I previously installed a cheap door-frame pullup bar that resulted in–surprise!!–a damaged door frame.

Not to mention that the door frame pullup bar didn’t include a dip station, so I was reduced to balancing between a couple of chairs to do dips. Thankfully I didn’t break those!

Now if I could just find time to patch up the door frame….

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Bodyweight Exercise Routines

11 Bodyweight Exercise Routines by Calisthenic Experts

When you’re trying to put together your very first bodyweight exercise routines, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information.

There are no less than several hundred sites that either specialize in bodyweight exercises, or which specialize in fitness but offer advice to those getting into calisthenics.

One of the best approaches I’ve found is to look at what the experts recommend and either start with one of them, or take bits and pieces as your own.

In this post, we’ll take a look at a dozen of the most interesting foundational routines offered by experts in the field.

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How to Find a Street Workout Park

One of the best things about calisthenics is that you can do your workouts wherever you are. If you find a street workout park near you, you can do them outside!

In a number of cities throughout the United States, you’ll find one or more parks specially outfitted with outdoor fitness equipment. This gives you the opportunity to take in some fresh air and show off your skills in front of some strangers.

But it can be difficult to find these parks if you haven’t searched before.

We have some suggestions!

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35 Reasons to Walk More…Check out #1: Avoiding Sitting Disease

Sitting Disease Is the New Cancer

In case you aren’t paying attention, it really is true — sitting is the new smoking.1  Something we used to think is harmless is killing us.

Leading voices from the medical community warn that it’s not enough just to get some exercise each day. It’s really a matter of sitting less. The body wasn’t made to be sedentary.

The effect is more pronounced the older you get. After 40, people tend to start gaining weight easier, and having  a harder time losing it.  A number of factors are involved, but the root of the problem is decreased metabolism.

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Bodyweight Deadlift Alternatives

Bodyweight Alternatives for the Deadlift

When you’re getting into bodyweight training, one of the things you’ll discover is that there is a bodyweight version of most of the core exercises performed with weights at the gym.

  • Instead of bench presses, try pushups.
  • Instead of seated military presses, try handstand pushups.
  • Instead of weighted squats, try pistol squats.

One of the most effective weighted exercises is difficult to replicate with just bodyweight–the deadlift. But there are alternatives.

In this post, I’ll explain why the deadlift is such an awesome exercise, and cover some of the bodyweight exercises you can perform in its place.

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27 Reasons to Include HIIT or Tabata Workouts In Your Bodyweight Program

What kind of cardio do you include in your workout program?

If you’re a dedicated bodyweight training enthusiast, or even if you’re just working it in with your gym workouts, balancing your strength training with cardio is part of the Bodyweight Life.

It’s well established that sedentary people do not remain healthy. Ideally, one’s fitness regimen consists of strength work, high intensity cardio and lots of low intensity work.

Let’s talk about ways to get the high intensity work in.

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The L-Sit and V-Sit Are Core Bodyweight Alternatives to Situps

The L-Sit Kicks the Sit-up’s Ass

I’m sure most people reading this post are familiar with situps and crunches, if not with the L-sit. Situps and crunches are frequently staples of workout routines intended to develop washboard abs.

Calisthenics enthusiasts often replace situps and crunches with more effective core and ab exercises. Further, there is genuine concern about injuries that can be caused by doing too many situps and crunches.

We’ll cover a number of those situp and crunch alternatives here, and what to be concerned about related to situps an crunches. We’ll focus strongly on the L-Sit–a difficult but accessible exercise that can drastically improve your fitness in a hurry.

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