Yesterday I dropped the first Everlifting Training Tips. What’s that, your curious mind asks? Well, while I dig hour long podcasts, not everyone enjoy the same awesome flavor that I do. To sooth their taste buds I saw fit to release some short ones as well. In fact, there will be several of them released weekly! Fret not, my fellow hour connoisseurs! The long interviews will still be released, the shorter Training Tips are in addition to those. The first one of these 5-15 minute long podcasts is on the importance of the lats. The next one will drop in a matter of hours. So if you haven’t already subscribed to The Everlifting Podcast be sure to do so regardless if you like the long ones or the short ones!
For some reason a lot of people tend to think in terms of us versus them. Even odder is that many do it when it comes to training as well. “I do bodyweight training”, “I do kettlebell training”, “I lift barbells”. Well shit, why not do all of it? So what are some bodyweight movements you’ve missed out on if you’ve been glued to the iron?
The first one is perhaps the one many of you haven’t neglected. Chins are awesome, all kinds of chins. Aside from the standard ones - pullups, chinups and neutral grip - you can also play around with leaning back chins, slow chins, Bulgarian chins on rings... The possibilities are plenty! You can of course hang a weight belt around your waist or a kettlebell off your toes as well if you want some added resistance.
I think many will agree that pushups are among the best exercises any beginner can do. Why then do people tend to neglect them once they get a bit stronger? Perhaps because they’ve become to easy. There are many ways to make them harder: do them on rings, on one arm, with added band resistance, handstand pushups, or why not just put some plates or a buddy on your back?
Many neglect static strength, which is a bad idea. Of course you can do static strength training with barbells by making use of isometrics - and that’s great - but there are plenty of bodyweight variations for you to do as well, especially if you want to build your abdominal strength in a static position. Put L-sit, front-lever and back lever in your Google machine for some inspiration! Also be prepared to be humbled should you decide to try them out.
There are of course many, many more things you can try. Muscle-ups, dips, pistols, and what-nots, these are just some to get you started.