The Bodyweight Exercise Revolution pt.1

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I am directing this post to all the readers and visitors who haven’t grabbed their free copy of the Body-weight Exercise Fundementals workout program. I wanted to tell you a little more about the book and something about my own personal experience while doing the workout itself.

This exercise program is surprisingly different than what I was anticipating. While it’s a simple program, it’s fairly comprehensive at the same time. In fact, the workout program that I’ll send you is a detailed systematic workout without weights. And one of the best things about it is that each session can be done in under 20 minutes each.

Since it’s a bodyweight workout, there is no emphasis on “lifting a certain amount”. The main focus is on natural body motions which the authors and coaches have dubbed “the 6 degrees of motion”. And to be honest, they make a pretty good case as to why this is more important than just being able to lift heavy weights. But, I’ll leave that for you to discover on your own.

Like I said above, the program itself is pretty simple. What makes it challenging is that the week after week progression increases the level of movement sophistication. What initially started as a simple push up has become the incredibly challenging “quad squat”. To add to your fitness pleasure, the routine is based on interval training causing you to move smoothly from one movement to the next in 30 seconds or so, until the required sets are complete.

The authors encourage you to count reps, however, I have found this to be something that is more appropriate for advanced practitioners to be pre-occupied with. I find myself struggling with “trying to get my body to do the movement right” rather than counting how many I’ve done (or not done as the case usually is).

But this is the point behind being able to perform body weight exercises proficiently. It seems that this approach to fitness and strength training is about the development of functional strength. Integrated strength. The ability and awarness to control your body when demands are placed on it that require strength and (dare I say it?), graceful.

While the BER is meant to be a stand alone fitness program, it’s not at all exclusive. In fact, if you are a bodybuilder, or triathlete you will find suggestions as to how you can fit it into your primary fitness program without much difficulty. The focus is on natural movement patterns and how to increase your strength through those patterns.

If you haven’t gotten your copy, I’ll send you one via email, just tell me which address to mail it to.  Please feel free to leave your comments below. I love to hear what readers think.

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