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.

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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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TRX Suspension Training

TRX Suspension Training Home Kit 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.

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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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Bodyweight Blog Roundup June 5, 2015

Like you, we’re always interested in the week’s best bodyweight blog and magazine articles, as well as good posts on clean eating–what we call the Bodyweight Life!

I read a lot of articles each week, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce this weekly roundup of great content from all over the blogosphere.

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