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Bodyweight Exercise: The One Thing Separating The Successful From The Failures

Jan 11, 2008
There is ONE central idea I want to get across to everyone about bodyweight exercise in this article. If you "get it" you'll be empowered with a highly effective, versatile and accessible form of exercise. You'll literally be able to improve yourself through proper physical training anytime, anywhere. Your reward will be a harder and stronger body, the ability to perform many tasks well and improve your performance in sport, work and life.

You'll watch your body transform into the lean, muscular, athletic body you were always meant to have!

If you DON'T "get it", you'll be neglecting an important physical training method that may just keep you from reaching your physical potential. At the very least, your bodyweight training won't ever amount to much.

The ONE thing that matters in bodyweight exercise is...

Bodyweight Training Is A Highly Effective Form Of Exercise That Can Greatly Improve Your Chances Of Reaching Your Physical Potential... And Should Be Treated As Such!

Maybe this truth is self evident, or maybe not... so I'll give you a little background.

There are those in the physical training world who believe bodyweight training to be of little value. Bodyweight exercise is not given the respect it deserves and is neglected as a serious form of exercise. Therefore, the use of machines, weights and other forms of resistance are preferred to using the weight of your own body.

On the other hand, there are others in the physical training world who believe bodyweight only exercise to be the ONLY valuable form of exercise. Bodyweight training is held on a pedestal and seen as the superior training method. Some would go so far as to say the use of added resistance should be avoided.

And the two sides are at war! And like any war, there are causalities.

- The value of bodyweight training has been compromised...
- The misuse of bodyweight training is running rampant...
- And the neglect of bodyweight training is commonplace.

But don't be distracted by this controversy! In the midst of all the bickering, people have forgotten this truth...

Bodyweight Training Is A Highly Effective Form Of Exercise That Can Greatly Improve Your Chances Of Reaching Your Physical Potential... And Should Be Treated As Such!

Proper bodyweight calisthenics are NOT something you do ONLY when there is no other equipment around. They are NOT something you dabble in ONLY while you are on vacation and far from your gym. Bodyweight exercise is NOT something you use ONLY to warm up for other types of exercise.

Proper bodyweight training IS a serious form of exercise, that when performed and applied correctly, produces SERIOUS RESULTS!

The truth is...

Bodyweight Training Should Be An Integral PART Of A Well Designed Physical Fitness Training Program... Used Alone And In Conjunction With Other Forms Of Exercise!

When bodyweight training is given the attention it deserves (neither neglecting or overusing it)... amazing things start to happen!

- You start to function better, you feel great and your body takes on a more athletic shape.

- Your muscles get stronger and more resistant to stress... allowing you to do more longer.

- Your heart and lungs become better conditioned... provided the energy to fuel your newfound strength.

- And as a result of increased muscle and raised activity level... the fat covering your perfect body starts to disappear.

If you want to be successful in your bodyweight training you MUST approach it as you would any other form of exercise... with seriousness, proper instruction, a comprehensive plan and a way of measuring progress. Success is not achieved by half-hearted efforts!

Those that use bodyweight exercise as a standalone workout program to prepare for other forms of exercise, and incorporated bodyweight training into their resistance training programs have a better chance of reaching their true athletic potential. And the improvements in performance lead to physical changes your can SEE, FEEL and USE to build your best body.

So, are you using bodyweight exercise with the respect and seriousness it deserves?
About the Author
Coach Eddie Lomax uses bodyweight calisthenics alone (Workout Without Weights) as well as with barbells and dumbbells (Athletic Body Workout) to build strong, lean, athletic bodies.
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