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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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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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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16 Reasons to Switch to Bodyweight Fitness

Bodyweight Fitness For Your Best Body

Bodyweight fitness isn’t as sexy as going to the gym.

There, I said it.

If you’re like me, you’ve been conditioned since birth to think of “going to the gym” as the way you get healthy.

Your friends bragged about how much they bench, how often they do leg day, and how many times per week they work out.

I paid for 3 separate gym membership contracts in my 20s and 30s. Each time, as is the pattern for many people, I thought each one would be “the time.”

I stayed active for awhile, and then drifted off–only to keep paying the monthly fee.

In one case, I paid the residual fee to keep my membership “alive” in case I wanted to return. I didn’t, on that contract.

After turning 40, I can safely say I’ve had enough.

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