There is one specific type of exercise that can be used to increase strength, power, and fat burning ability in your body.
This type of exercise helps you:
-Build a leaner more muscular body
-De-Stresses your body
-Rests your joints
-Save time & money
Which type of exercise do you think I’m describing?
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Is the barbell your enemy?
As you may have heard I just turned 40-years old.
A lot of my friends and family are giving me black cards implying that turning 40 is similar to a funeral.
I take it all in good fun and I can roll with the punches, but in the back of my mind I do have to admit that sometimes I feel like the barbell is my enemy. It’s a love-hate relationship. I have felt my best and strongest lifting heavy weights and I don’t plan on ever giving it up completely.
However I’ve been lifting weights for over 25-years now and I’m starting to feel it in my back and joints at times. As a fitness pro what I’m about to tell you is a bit embarrassing.
Lately, it has been getting harder and harder to get jacked up or motivated for my workouts. I’m only human and I know this is something we all go through from time to time.
This is why I have given myself permission to take a break from the heavyweights without losing any of my hard-earned gains. In fact, when I go back to the weights I’ll be stronger than before.
You can do it too if you feel the desire to change things up.
3 Myths About Bodyweight Training That Won’t Die
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:
MYTH #1: BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES ARE AN EASY OPTION
Bodyweight exercises are 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 backward.
It’s proof you’re a master at full-body conditioning.
MYTH #2: YOU CAN’T PACK ON MUSCLE USING BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES
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.
MYTH #3: BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES THAT REALLY WORK ARE TOO DIFFICULT TO MASTER
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 strongest 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 as the workout on the next page.
Why ‘Heavy Lifting’ all the time may lead to WEAKNESS and Death…
Do you have a LOVE-HATE relationship with the weights?
I do. I love “feeling” strong and I hate being in pain afterward.
Max effort strength comes at a great cost to us. One that we are willing to overlook since being strong is awesome.
Even though we hit the gym regularly, we spend most of our time working, sitting at a desk, driving in a car, or slouching on the couch.
Our strength is no longer functional.
The link between our strength and how it relates to our weight has been severed.
Sure, we can haul BIG weights in a controlled environment (the gym)… but we can rarely haul our own body weight and move as we did as children.
I’m talking about playground strength.
Why is this a problem?
Because the worse your strength-to-weight ratio is, the higher your chance of early death.
In a study from Brazil of 2,000 people aged between 51-81 years old, researchers discovered that maintaining high levels of muscle strength, power-to-body weight ratio, and co-ordination had a favorable influence on life expectancy.
In other words, poor strength-to-weight ratio knocks years off our lives.
We’ve forgotten that the measure of “true strength” is more than just your one-rep max…