Bruce Lee is known for being way ahead of his time. When everyone else was identifying with his or her singular martial art, Bruce Lee sought to learn from
7 multiple arts. He sought to find the best of each art, adapt it and implement it into a fluid system. This is the same way I approach training . I may have a penchant for free weights and bodyweight movements.. . But that doesn’t mean I will never do a machine press. Each and every tool offers a unique benefit. In my own training routine, I tend to utilize a mix of bodyweight training and weights. And when I feel totally sloshed, I’ll throw some ma chine exercises into my program to limit mental burnout. And w hen I’m travelling or when I want to take a month off from the gym, I’ll implement bodyweight movements. Heck, even if you DO have complete access to a gym at all times, I still recommend learning and mastering bodyweight training. Thi s brings me to the next chapter…
8 CHAPTER 02: THE BENEFITS OF BODYWEIGHT TRAINING The benefits of bodyweight training are actually quite massive and profound! This chapter will seek to explore the motive behind working with bodyweight exercises to build strength and to build a great body. Let’s begin! First things first, the main goal of working out is progressive overload – to increase your strength. You can build strength with dumbbells, barbells, cables, rocks and yes – even your own bodyweight. Some people are under the misconception that you can’t build a lot of muscle with bodyweight training. Surely, these guys haven’t hung out at Thompson Square Park in NYC or Santa Monica Beach. Some of the best physiques I’ve seen in my life were built primarily from bodyweight training. Or, bodyweight training was at least a huge component. If you work your way from assisted chin-ups to muscle ups (or heck, even one-arm chin-ups), well, dammit, your back and biceps will grow like crazy. If you build your way up from regular push-ups to one-arm push-ups (or even feet-elevated one-arm push-ups), your chest, shoulders and triceps will explode! So whether you work with external resistance or your own resistance, the same concept applies: Get stronger and your muscles will grow !
9 Bodyweight Training is Great for Staying Injury-Free Gym room injuries are very common and seem to be part of the game for most lifters. Whether it’s a nagging shoulder or a pinched lower back, it seems as though injuries run rampant in weight rooms. I’ve been able to stay injury free for the l ast couple years, especially since implementing cool tactics like Exercise Rotation and the “ Trifecta ” (more on that later) . But in the past, I would occasionally get injuries from lifting. Interestingly enough, bodyweight exercises were never the culprit. And even more interesting: if I had shoulder pain from benching, the same pain would be eliminated from doing push ups.
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