Me and Bodyweight Training

Me and Bodyweight Training

Me and Bodyweight Training

This is a guest post By Samuel Kennedy

In most instances, a person’s training style is a reflection of their fitness goals. If you want to be big and strong, you probably focus on heavy barbells and low reps. If muscle definition is your endgame, you might do a lot of isolation exercises and cardio. And if you’re trying to be both lean and strong, you’ve probably found your way to bodyweight training.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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