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Here Are 4 Things You Should Know About Bodyweight Exercise

Feb 27, 2008
I've been doing bodyweight exercise training for a while now. In that time, I've discovered a few things that you might want to know about bodyweight exercising and how to best approach it. By knowing these 4 things, you'll be able to overcome some problems you might run into, or even avoid them altogether.

I wish I knew these things when I started:

1. It's wise to build a strong foundation before you move faster. By that, I mean that instead of focusing on how fast you can do a certain movement, or how many you can do, work at the basics. Learn what the basic movements of the exercise are, and don't trade them for speed or numbers.

Like anything else that's new for you, it takes practice and patience to become proficient at your new bodyweight exercises. This brings me to my second piece of advice...

2. ...You don't always have to work yourself to exhaustion--at least not at first, so go easy on yourself.

3. I advise that you work on mastering only a few exercises at a time. No more than 2 or 3 at a time. That's what I do. In a workout, I may do up to 8 different exercises, but I really work on 2 or 3 of the ones that I need the most work on. I tend to do extra sets or perform these exercises slower than I do the ones that I've already mastered.

When you can do a previously-challenging exercise a certain number of times, with proper technique, then you can move on to conquering the next exercise. Only you can really know how many new exercises you can take on at one time without overwhelming yourself. What I'm saying here is to keep it manageable, so that you don't get overwhelmed and discouraged.

Just last week, I was doing a challenging workout, and I was getting a bit light-headed. I then realized that I had forgotten something...

4. ...Breathe. Try forcefully pushing or whistling the air out of your lips as you push yourself past a tough spot. In fact, keep breathing, no matter how hard, throughout the entire movement of the exercise. Make sure you don't hold your breath; or, at the very least, make sure you don't become light-headed like I did. If you hold your breath at some sticking points, just make sure it doesn't become a habit. Don't perform a movement faster than your body can keep up with.
About the Author
With bodyweight exercise, you can develop great arm strength, incredible muscular endurance in your quads, and build explosive leg power. That's what I'm doing, and the free Bodyweight Exercise Report shows you how.
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