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!
Mainstream Media on Bodyweight
Here are some articles that appeared in mainstream publications recently:
- 5 Ways to Work Out Without Weights – by Sean Hyson in Men’s Fitness
- The Best Bodyweight Workout for Runners – by Brittany Smith in Men’s Fitness.
- A No-Equipment Upper-Body Strength Workout – in Greatist. I like the one-arm pushup progression demonstrated here.
- Tony Horton’s Three Best Bodyweight Military Exercises – in AskMen. Tony Horton applies one prescription to professional athletes or middle-aged office workers: “It’s (about) working hard and eating healthy; cutting sugar and eating whole foods.” Sounds like the Bodyweight Life to me.
- 5 Laws of Bodyweight Training – by Sameer Jha in GQ India
How to get fit like a Marine by working out on your commute – by Mark Bailey in the Telegraph. This one is very Primal Blueprint in nature. “Tapping into your daily commute is a great way for any office worker to enjoy more training time. It will also make exercise part of your daily schedule so you are much more likely to train regularly.” This philosophy makes exercise part of routine play, which makes it more likely you’ll do it. Bravo!
Learning to Love the Burpee: Why Fitness’s Most Loathed Exercise Is Your Body’s Best Friend – by Lauren Mechling in Vogue. “Whom do we have to thank for this torture? Royal H. Burpee, a New York City physiologist who designed it in the 1930s as a way to measure people’s fitness.” Well, now you know.
- What Is Calisthenics? – by James Haskell in Huffington Post
- Fit in the City – by Nancy Bruning in Manhattan Times. This one’s a promo for Barstarzz – and a good introduction to the street workout culture.
Discussion Threads on Calisthenics
Particularly helpful discussion threads I’ve found on message boards include:
- Just some advice to all of you out there, who struggle with L-Sit. – on Reddit. A couple of commenters here point out that you might do well to start on parallel bars. That’s where I am at this point.
- What are your personal reasons for doing primarily bodyweight training as opposed to weight training? – on Reddit. As you can imagine by the tagline of this blog, one of my motivators was that I hate gyms! The cost, the drive time, and things I’ve seen in locker rooms that I cannot unsee. I’m done!
- Finally got my first muscle up. Some thoughts for those still trying. – on Reddit. I’m one of those still trying.
Great Nuggets on Health & Nutrition
- Anxiety Drug Overdoses in U.S. Hit Record Levels – As if trying to justify my post yesterday on Nootropics, Dr. Mercola wrote yesterday that overdoses of anxiety drugs hit a record high recently. Maybe my suggestion of looking at natural substances for anxiety relief isn’t a bad idea after all?
- Meat is the New Ketchup – this recent episode of the Bulletproof Podcast features Dr. Mark Hyman, and covers a lot of great material in an engaging format. I rarely listen to hour long podcasts all the way through, but this one kept me interested!
- Do high protein diets cause colon cancer? – Mark Sisson addresses this in his weekly Dear Mark. The most important bit: “Don’t eat a 45% protein diet, regardless of the source. The occasional day where you binge on steak? Sure. But eating like that for perpetuity is probably a bad idea.”
Multimedia on Street Workouts
Here are a few of my favorite inspiring and challenging images and videos that have been shared on Instagram and other platforms recently:
- From Barstarzz on Instagram–This is an approach to the muscle up that I may need to work towards. I have a dip station on my power tower, but I can’t fit between it and my ceiling. This is a nice possible compromise. May not work for you larger guys out there.
- From BarstarzzWorkout, here’s one of a guy with impressive guns and pulling off the tuck planche and some other moves that i haven’t achieved yet. This is me in a year, maybe?
A video posted by 🌐 BARSTARZZ 🌐 (@barstarzzworkout) on
What other sources should I include in future editions? Which parts of this roundup are most helpful? Speak up in the comments or ping me on Twitter at @bodyweight_life!
See you next time!
Image source: Pixabay