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Bodyweight & Calisthenics Roundup – Halloween 2016

Hey guys, it’s the Halloween edition of the Bodyweight and Calisthenics Roundup! Hope you had a great Saturday night and didn’t rip your fitness goals apart.. but even if you did, let’s get right into it.

Stretch When Your Pet Stretches

This post by Antranik caught my eye this week on a tactical and a philosophical level.

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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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Bodyweight & Calisthenics Roundup – October 2016

Hey folks, it’s time for another edition of the Bodyweight & Calisthenics Roundup for October 2016!

I’m getting the wind back under my sails in my own workout program. One of the big big discoveries has been Pinterest.

Pinterest?

Let me explain.

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The Healthy Calisthenics Diet

What would the “calisthenics diet” be if there were one?

People don’t get into bodyweight fitness just because they can. Most peoples’ default course of action to get healthy is to join a gym.

You’re different. You are a Bodyweight fitness fanatic because it is a way of gaining control.

Bodyweight fitness enables you to develop a healthy body without investing in tons of heavy bodybuilding equipment and spending on gym memberships.

Using your own body weight is simple and natural. Shouldn’t your diet follow the same principles?

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Best Power Tower / Dip Station For 2017

It’s so easy and inexpensive to get a great workout at home when you are a bodyweight fitness fanatic if you have the best power tower and dip station at your disposal!

You can easily do squats and pushups with no equipment, but there are a number of core exercises that are difficult without a pull-up tower.

A pullup tower with dip station enables you to do:

  • pullups
  • chinups
  • dips
  • leg raises
  • knee raises

Getting this in one piece of equipment is really efficient for creating a compact and effective home gym.

 

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Bodyweight & Calisthenics Roundup – Summer 2016 Edition

Well, I’ve sure fallen off the wagon!

Life got busy and, much to my chagrin, I stopped writing. I even slowed down my workouts.

I’ve changed jobs and handled a challenging family situation, and now I’m climbing back on since fall is approaching. I think this will become a monthly series going forward, but this edition in particular covers everything since the last one in…..March.

With all that, it’s time for another edition of the Bodyweight Roundup! Let’s have a look at recent content on clean eating, bodyweight fitness and smart supplements:

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Fitness Reality X Class High Capacity Multi Function Power Tower

Fitness Reality X Class High Capacity Multi Function Power Tower

best power tower - BodyVision PT600

The Fitness Reality X Class High Capacity Multi Function Power Tower is a little bit of a space hog–but you get lots of value for that investment.

If you need to place your power tower in a corner, you’ll need a unit where the dip station and pullup bar are facing the same way! This one isn’t that device. Make some room.

The adjustable height roller handlebars are a great feature that let you quickly change your leverage on a number of exercises. More models should adopt this kind of flexibility!

So, to me, as long as you have the space, this unit is ideal! It supports the following exercises:

  • Leg lifts and leg raises
  • Chins and pull-ups
  • Rows
  • Knee Raises
  • Dips

The unit measures a compact 63.4″ L x 49″ W x 83″ H.

 

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Bowflex Body Tower

Bowflex Body Tower

 

The Bowflex Body Tower is ideal for those of you looking for a sturdy, complete home calisthenics gym accessory to enable you to do all the core exercises requiring pullup bar support.

If you need to place your power tower in a corner, you’ll need a unit where the dip station and pullup bar are facing the same way like this unit or the Body Vision PT600! 

Most units on the market put the pullup bar facing the back, mostly for stability. This one is angled back so that the front facing pullup bar does not cause rocking.

The Weider unit is 114 pounds, so I found no instability at all and no need to add weight for stability.

Like the Body Vision, the Weider does not provide the bar across the bottom to support situps and crunches. However, I personally prefer L-Sits to sit ups or crunches, and in fact, I caution against the use of sit ups and crunches because of risks to the back.

One of its unique elements is the straps. Straps on the top bar support suspended leg raises; this is in opposition to the pads on the arm rests as used in the Body Vision design. Straps below the arms provide for easy inverted rows.

This unit supports the following basic exercises:

  • Leg lifts and leg raises
  • Chins and pull-ups
  • Inverted rows
  • Hanging Knee Raises
  • Dips

The unit measures a compact 42 x 43 x 85.

The placard included supports these exercises:

  • Squat
  • Chin up
  • Triceps dip
  • Push up
  • Supine row
  • Raised bridge
  • Vertical knee raise
  • Crunch

The guide included also supports these additional exercises:

  • Assisted leg squat
  • Forward angle calf raise
  • Assisted tricep dip
  • Chest dip
  • Incline push up
  • Pull up
  • Hanging leg raise
  • Rear decline plank
  • Hanging hip-leg raise
  • Assisted inverted row

If you’re looking for the sturdiest, most complete machine with training on how to get the most out of it, consider the Bowflex.

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Weider Power Tower

Weider Power Tower

The best power tower we could find–having the balance between price and features that we’ve seen–is the Weider Power Tower:

Best Power Tower - Weider Power TowerThis is an affordable, yet professional piece of equipment that offers a few more perks than the Body Vision and Stamina models above for just a bit more investment–and much less than a few other similar models available.

This unit supports the following exercises:

– Dips
– Hanging Knee Raises
– Push ups
– Chinups/pullups

So why is it my favorite?

  • The unit is fit for multiple purposes and multiple sizes.
  • It includes comfortable padding to support you during leg raises.
  • It includes padded handles for pushups
  • It is sturdy, weighing 92 pounds which gives it a strong base of support; it supports up to 300 pounds of body weight.
  • It’s 57″ x 41″ x 84″ high, so you’ll need some space to deploy it.

Things to consider:

  • Because the dip station and the pullup bar face opposite directions, it won’t work well in a corner–you’ll need to access it from both sides to use this power tower to its full potential.

This pullup tower will provide a great base station for your at home workouts! Check out the best power tower–the Weider–today!

>>> Weider Power Tower on Amazon <<<

Body Vision PT600 Power Tower

Body Vision PT600 Power Tower

best power tower - BodyVision PT600

The Body Vision PT600 power tower is ideal for those of you with limited space–which was my situation before upgrading to the recommended model below.

If you need to place your power tower in a corner, you’ll need a unit where the dip station and pullup bar are facing the same way! Most units on the market put the pullup bar facing the back, mostly for stability. This one is angled back so that the front facing pullup bar does not cause rocking.

This does weigh 71.6 pounds, so it’s not quite as easy to move as other models–but with the same side orientation you shouldn’t have to.

When I was using mine, I added some weight on the back using plates and a kettlebell just to make sure it stayed stable. I didn’t do that because of instability, it was more my own OCD. 🙂

This unit does not provide the bar across the bottom to support situps and crunches. However, I personally prefer L-Sits to sit ups or crunches, and in fact, I caution against the use of sit ups and crunches because of risks to the back.

So, to me, with any space limitation, this unit is ideal! It supports the following exercises:

– Leg lifts and leg raises
– Chins and pull-ups

– Hanging Knee Raises
– Dips

The unit measures a compact 42 x 43 x 85.

 

>>> Body Vision PT600 on Amazon <<<