bodyweight roundup

The Bodyweight Life Roundup – March 13, 2016 Edition

Welcome to the March 13, 2016 edition of “Bodyweight Life Roundup“! This is our weekly roundup of news and accomplishments in the areas of calisthenics/street workouts/bodyweight fitness, diet/nutrition and supplementation.

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted one of these, so we’ll include some articles more than a week old. We missed them, so you might have as well.

With that, let’s get started!

Continue reading “The Bodyweight Life Roundup – March 13, 2016 Edition”

Walking

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.

Continue reading “35 Reasons to Walk More…Check out #1: Avoiding Sitting Disease”

bad sugar addiction

Bad Sugar! How Sugar Damages Your Health

Bad Sugar! You Sweet, Sweet Villain.

My wife and I have a bad sugar habit. Sometimes, we even deny science.

As much as we eat a diet primarily composed of whole, natural foods — and generally limit our carbs — sugar is harder to kick.

We eat significantly less sugar than before, but we still give into cravings.

It sucks.

Continue reading “Bad Sugar! How Sugar Damages Your Health”

bodyweight deadlift alternatives

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.

Continue reading “Bodyweight Deadlift Alternatives”

reasons-to-do-hiit-tabata

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.

Continue reading “27 Reasons to Include HIIT or Tabata Workouts In Your Bodyweight Program”

TRX Suspension Training

TRX Home Gym Suspension Training Review

 

My beginner bodyweight program–pushup, pullup, squat and L-sit, along with walking and running–technically require only one piece of equipment. You need a pullup bar to raise your weight off the ground. And if you’re outside, you should probably wear shorts..and a top if you’re a lady. 🙂

As you get further into the bodyweight world, you’re going to want to expand your repertoire. Thanks to the Navy SEALs, we now have a way to develop the body in multiple dimensions simultaneously using suspension training: TRX.

Continue reading “TRX Home Gym Suspension Training Review”

L-Sits as Situp Alternatives

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.

Continue reading “The L-Sit and V-Sit Are Core Bodyweight Alternatives to Situps”

pull-up progression

Pull-Up Progressions For the Pullup Impaired

Do You Need a Great Pullup Progression?

For some reason, among bodyweight exercises, the pull-up is often one that encourages fear. I can’t do a pull-up! I might hurt my shoulders. I can’t get myself off the ground! Guess what–a good pullup progression can help you past all those obstacles.

Excuses! Excuses, I tell ya.

Continue reading “Pull-Up Progressions For the Pullup Impaired”