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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7 thoughts on “The Bodyweight Exercise Revolution pt.1

  1. Nice timing for this report. I am leaving for China next week for 2 weeks and I don’t know if there is a gym available so doing these bodyweight exercises in you report will be very handy as I can always get a workout done at anytime and anywhere.
    I like lifting weights as heavy as I can but I have come to realise I can’t do that all the time so having breaks away from the gym but keeping on developing strength and conditioning with other areas like challenging bodyweight exercises is a must for all year growth.

  2. I’m totally with you on “wasn’t quite anticipating what they share”. It was an awesome surprise to see their different take on “graceful” movements. After I hurt myself lifting pretty heavy (and the constant, nagging joints) … I decided to get into more bodyweight movements. Got a little bored with the standard routines I was doing … and these guys have something pretty cool going on. Cool stuff!

    • Thanks for the comment Kevin. As a physical therapist, I know a few other therapists who use simple bodyweight exercises as the primary exercise modality for rehabilitation. For anyone with aches and pains they can really teach you how to move so that you can get back to doing heavier lifting. Whether that’s at work or in the gym.

  3. WoW!

    Like the post, was just thinking about body weight exercises today. So I am glad I found it.

    The nice thing about body weight exercises is that you can do them anywhere and at anytime, no equipment need.

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