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The Strength Training Secrets That Gym Owners Don't Want You to Know!

Sep 10, 2008
Bodyweight exercises are the fitness revolution that has the traditional fitness world running scared.
Forget about matching socks, shorts and t-shirt, that's not what this is about. Bodyweight exercises are for people who want to work out in order to achieve results, primarily stronger and leaner bodies.

And the myth of the century is that you need to go to the gym in order to achieve that.

Secret No.1 -

In terms of building strength, the bench press is a terrible exercise!

Real strongmen have known this for years. If you want to build a truly strong body, then you better not be relying on the bench press.

The principle here is that we are only as strong as our weakest link, and by relying on the bench press as your core strength exercise, what you will actually do is weaken your body, by throwing it out of balance, weaken your joints by placing too much stress on them, and weaken your cardio vascular system by giving it an already stressed and out of balance body to work with.

When you read this, many of you will clearly see where I'm coming from. Compare this to a diet of various chin up and push up routines. Both of these exercises rely solely on your own bodyweight, and will develop incredible stamina as well as extraordinary strength.

Secret No.2 -

To get a six pack, you don't need hours or cardio or a punishing weights routine.

What you do need is a consistent and varied exercise program featuring challenging exercises that target multiple muscle groups simultaneously, including your abdominal muscles, and are capable of boosting your heart rate - ie making you sweat.

This prescription is "bodyweight exercises". As an example, we'll take the 3 chair push up. This exercise is where you perform the traditional push up, except that your feet are on the seat of one chair and each hand is on the seat of a chair. The exercise increases the range of motion normally experienced with push ups, and your abdominals contract like crazy in order to stabilise your body throughout the motion. They will definitely make you sweat!

The other prerequisite for a six pack is a balanced diet that includes an appropriate mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Secret No. 4 -

To develop powerful legs you never need to do squats with heavy plates or deadlifts.

If you want to have legs so big that you have difficulty walking, then maybe you should do the above exercises, but for the rest of us who are interested in "functional strength," high repetitions of hindu squats, free squats and sprints will certainly develop more strength and power than just about any squatting or the dreaded career ending deadlift routines.

Secret No. 5 -

Injuries don't have to come with the territory.

In any training routine, injuries are a massive setback. You won't be making progress, (which is what it's all about) if you're lying up nursing an injury ie not training. Many of today's athletes, especially those who use heavy weights routines have accepted the risk of injury. This is crazy when there is another system out there that produces even better results with virtually no risk of injury - bodyweight exercises. You won't be overstressing joints or ligaments, and as you're working solely with the combined principles of gravity and your own bodyweight you have a much greater feedback system telling you when you can do more, and when to stop.

Secret No. 6 -

To improve flexibility and balance you don't need to do yoga or pilates.

People who are usually the least flexible are those who either do absolutely no exercise, and those who have heavy weight lifting routines. The problem is that these people are impeding the bodies natural function of self-balancing by allowing their muscles to become excessively tight, often because of a decreased range of motion eg only doing the bench press, or stooping over a desk or driving all day.

Bodyweight exercises help your body to let go of the "tightness" by moving in it many different directions, and promote better body and muscle balance by using multiple muscle groups simultaneously.

One of the best overall boyweight exercises, and one that is superb for improving balance is the hindu squat.

Secret No. 7 -

It doesn't have to cost the downpayment on a house to take control of your fitness.

The mass media is continually trying to show us that we need both a thousand dollar home fitness system, as well as another $500+ gym membership to be fit and healthy, but I suppose that's their job. The truth is, all you need is a little bit of space where its quiet, a pad of paper to write down what you're going to do and the ability to get it done. Make a start buddy!
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