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 <<<

Stamina 1690 Power Tower

The Stamina 1690 Power Tower

Best Power Tower - Stamina 1690The Stamina 1690 Power Tower is a small unit made of lightweight material–in fact it weighs only 61 pounds!

This tower targets large muscle groups by supporting the following exercises:

– Dips
– Wide-grip pull-ups
– Narrow-grip pull-ups
– Sit-ups and crunches
– Push-up grips

The dip handles angle in a bit which may be slightly awkward if your hand position gravitates towards the joint, but this was not a big concern when I tested this at the sporting goods store.

My primary concern here is the weight. You might consider putting some counterweight on the back – perhaps rest a kettlebell on each leg.

The unit measures 50″ x 81.5″ x 41.5″.

>>> Stamina 1690 on Amazon <<< 

Bodyweight Squats

5 Reasons to Do Bodyweight Squats Every Day

The bodyweight squat is a core exercise for strengthening the posterior chain.

But there are obvious questions. Given that there is no lifting of external weight involved, what’s the point of doing air squats? Is there really benefit to doing bodyweight squats every day?

Not only are bodyweight / air squats effective for muscle building as well as for strengthening soft tissues, but you can make them super challenging by taking on single-leg squats like the shrimp squat and pistol squat.

Maybe you’re doing weighted squats at the gym. Could it be that simple dual-leg air squats are beneficial enough that it made sense to do them on your in between days? Thereby giving you, effectively, zero rest days?  They are.

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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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street workout park

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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standing keyboard

Standing Ab Exercises & More for your Standing Desk

Did your employer recently invest in standing desk furniture? If so, it’s time to think about doing some standing desk exercises from time to time throughout the day.

Because you’ll need low impact exercises during the workday, bodyweight exercises are ideal for your standing desk.

Let’s take a look!

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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!

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morning walk

35 Benefits of a Morning Walk

Why You Should Go for a Morning Walk

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. Go for a morning walk and counteract it!

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.

Not only that, but it’s also important to be active in the morning. Morning activity keeps the brain sharp, and gets you ready for the day. Why not treat it as a brain hack–don’t work out in the evening. Get up and take a 30 or 40 minute mind-clearing walk in the morning!

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