Published: May 20th 2020
Think bodyweight exercises are for wimps?
There’s a ton of misinformation about bodyweight training, so let’s bust three of the biggest myths around this kind of training:
Bodyweight exercises done properly hurt. They’re brutal.
Don’t believe me? Ask yourself, why do the military and Special Forces rely on bodyweight conditioning to knock recruits into shape?
Just think about it.
In real life combat situations muscles aren’t isolated… you use your whole body to run, duck, cover and get yourself into life-saving, combat-ready positions.
At the heart of military-style conditioning is the need for a high strength-to-weight ratio. This is developed through mastering the core bodyweight moves, including squats, pull-ups and push-ups.
Going back to basics isn’t a step backwards.
It’s proof you’re a master at full-body conditioning.
Just because you’re not lugging weights around the gym doesn’t mean you’re not tough.
The reason there’s a perception that you can’t pack on muscle through bodyweight training is a lack of understanding. You see, you need to understand how to choose the right progressions to increase your strength.
As long as there is tension on the muscle you can grow. Your muscle does not know if the resistance is an external weight or your own body.
Oh, and did I mention that it can be really tough.
Go on Youtube and you’ll find a ton of “supermen” showing off their bodyweight moves. Yes, these look impressive but don’t be fooled.
You don’t need to focus on super-advanced complex moves to chisel a strong foundation of functional strength.
You just need to do the right moves with the correct form with the right progressions.
Every bodyweight master started from the same point: working on the foundational moves which make up 90% of the strength types.
Only by focusing on the core moves which target each of the Four Strength Types will you really develop powerful “true strength”.
And the good news is these are simple and easy to master, as long as you choose the right training like the workout on the next page.