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The Art of Bodyweight Training

The Art of Bodyweight Training
Editors note - This is a guest post from Khaled Allen at Warrior Spirit. If you ask most people how to get stronger, they immediately recommend weight training, using barbells, dumbbells, or kettlebells. If you are starting from a very low level, pushups or situps might be recommended, but these are only as preparation for the serious business of heavy lifting. The truth is that weight training is not the only way to get stronger, and it isn’t even the best way. The world’s strongest athletes, who demonstrate extremely high levels of strength in a range of positions and orientations, are gymnasts, acrobats, and martial artists, well known for their bodyweight training regimens. Even old school strongmen, those who trained in the 1930s, used bodyweight movements for developing strength while demonstrating it on external weights. Once you’ve mastered the pushup, where do you go from there? Benefits of Bodyweight Training The benefits of bodyweight training are numerous. • The planche 1. 2.

September 30 Day Ab And Squat Calendar | Blog Posted by Julien T under Fitness & Training on 31 August 2013 at 11:00 PM "30 days has September..." - This little ditty just got tough - to celebrate a month lacking a 31st day, let's take on another 30 Day Fitness Challenge: Take the Challenge, start today and complete 30 days of abs and squats workouts! Always warm up and cool down when performing body weight exercise sets like these - we recommend some back and legs stretching to be performed after this particular Challenge. The 30 day Challenges are often cited as being the toughest ones to stick to in the User of the Week articles - not only do they get progressively harder throughout the 30 days, there's also the difficulty of remembering to do them every day. No gym necessary for these Challenges, just a hardcore commitment and remembering to perform them every day! There are now 11 different 30 Day Challenges, using different body weight exercises to work your entire body.

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Build Muscle Mass Whilst Burning Fat Getting ripped six pack abs and a great toned body, is as much about burning fat as it is about building muscle. With this fantastic workout routine, you get the benefits of both. It has been tested and designed to burn maximum fat and build muscle. Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Wake up in the morning, drink a glass of orange juice and run about 15-20 min Monday: Cardio – 15 min (treadmill or stationary bike) Chest: Bench press – 1 x 15, 1 x 12, 1 x 10, 3 x 8 Dumbbell flyes – 3 x 10 Inclined bench press – 2 x 10 Weighted dips – 1 x 8 Cable crossovers – 1 x 15 Shoulders: Behind the neck press – 1 x 15, 1 x 12, 2 x 10 Seated lateral dumbbell flyes – 2 x 10 Barbell upright rows – 2 x 12 Bent over dumbbell flyes – 3 x 10 Triceps: Lying barbell triceps extension – 1 x 15, 1 x 12, 2 x 8 Cable pressdowns – 2 x 10 Abs: Roman chair – 5 x max Lying leg raise – 5 x max Cardio 15 min Tuesday: Fast running – 15-20 min, Slow running – 30-40 min. Obliques: Dumbbell side bents – 5 x max to each side. Wednesday:

30 Challenges for 30 Days Did you know that it takes 30 days to form a new habit? The first few days are similar as to how you would imagine the birth of a new river. Full of enthusiasm it gushes forth, only to be met by strong obstacles. The path is not clear yet, and your surroundings don’t agree. So, take a moment to reflect on the question ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ Check out this short TED talk first to get inspired: Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! However, be cautioned, picking too many challenges at the same time can easily result in a failure of all of them. #1 Write a I-Like-This-About-You note/text/email each day for someone (Easy) This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. #2 Talk to one stranger each day (Hard) This is a great one to cure approaching anxiety. #3 Take one picture each day (Hard) This one gets harder nearing the end of the challenge because at one point you will run out of the easy shots. #5 Take a 30 minute walk each day (Easy) We recommend:

Four Ways to Enjoy Long Runs Runners often have a love/hate relationship with the long run. We love the sense of accomplishment we feel when it's over; we hate the anticipation of actually getting out there. Yet it must be done: The long run is the keystone of any training program—5-K to marathon."The long run builds endurance and strength and teaches you how to deal with fatigue," says Maria Simone, a USA Triathlon—certified coach and owner of No Limits Endurance Coaching in Absecon, New Jersey. Indeed, extending the distance you normally cover triggers several lasting changes in your body, says 2:24 marathoner and running coach Kevin Beck. Capillaries in your muscle fibers increase in number, which enables more energizing oxygen to reach your muscles. Long runs aren't easy, but they don't have to be death marches, either. Tune OutPROS Running with music can stop your brain from getting overwhelmed with anxiety about the distance you have to cover. The Maniac Next Door

The Battle Of The Mind: 25 Olympians, Extreme Athletes and Other Top Performers Reveal Their Secret To Staying Strong When The Going Gets Tough | A Shot of Adrenaline - Higher Performance | Higher Existence “When you think you are done you’re only 40% of what your body is capable of doing. That’s just the limit that we put on ourselves.” – David Goggins Reflect for a moment on this simple question… “What am I capable of?” The answers to these questions open up doors of opportunities we may have never thought possible. We so easily justify our lack of performance and minimize our potential for greatness. My Personal Battle of the Mind: While I was running the other day I reached the moment where my body didn’t want to run anymore. Whatever the reason, I started to notice an interesting phenomena. “You’ve run enough for today, you don’t want to over do it Todd. and this one… “Are you sure you want to focus on running as “your thing.” Many more came… The strange thing I noticed was that they were never direct negative excuses like, “You can’t do it.” or “You’re a lazy bum, you’ll never make it over that hill.” These thoughts would have only challenged me and driven me harder. Here are the answers:

Peak performance taekwondo - 10 top taekwondo training tips Peak performance taekwondo is all about getting the best from your body. And doing the best for your body. It's about working with what you have to be the very best you can be in martial arts. What do you want to achieve? Our top ten taekwondo training tips will help you get there. 1. If you do the same old thing week in week out... ...your body and your mind get used to it! Your body stops adapting to the exercise. And you stop growing mentally. For peak performance taekwondo give your body a bit of a shock now and then. So... If you haven't done a long run for a while. ...same advice. If you stuck for ideas try this taekwondo fitness training program. 2. Sleep more and improve your taekwondo performance... do you like the sound of that? Getting enough sleep is vital for good athletic performance. Here's why more sleep will help you perform at your best. 3. For peak performance taekwondo you need to be strong. This means building strong, lean muscles. 4. You are not a machine. And then they quit. 5.

11 Steps to Becoming Addicted to Running photo credit: Thomas Hawk Running is one of those things that you don’t miss until you try it again after a long hiatus. I’ve recently been reminded of this as I just starting to get back into running myself. I’ve been a runner for the past 13 years, about 9 of those competitively. I’ve run all sorts of distances and races, and I can tell you that the absolute hardest runs are the ones when you’re just getting started. While long-distance running is a test of perseverance, actually running on regular intervals can be an even bigger test of persistence. Luckily, there is hope. At this point, our bodies start craving the run. Yes, we can actually become addicted to running (or physical activity in general). Running, especially outside and on trails, creates a release of endorphins that can cause euphoria (runner’s high) or just a general sense of happiness. Interestingly enough, it looks like a running addiction can cure another addiction! Don’t give yourself any excuses.

Hardcore Training Routines! Here are some awesome training routines for mass building results! Use the printable logs to keep track of how many sets/reps you did on every exercise! To gain unbelieveable results, use Universal Nutrition's Animal series products (ex. Animal Pak, Animal Cuts, Animal Snak...). Click Here To Check Them Out! Training Routine # 1 - Intro To Bodybuilding Routine Notes Warm up on a stationary bike for five minutes before each training session. Cycle: 3 Days Per WeekLevel: Novice To IntermediateGoal: Introduction To Bodybuilding Legs Leg Presses: 3 Sets x 12 Reps Leg Curls: 2 Sets x 12 Reps Standing Calf Raises: 2 Sets x 12Reps Chest/Shoulders Flat Barbell Bench Presses: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Barbell Shoulder Presses: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Back Front Pulldowns: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Barbell Rows: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Arms Barbell Curls: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Lying Tricep Extensions: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Other Ab Crunches: 2 Sets x 10 Reps Aerobic Training: 20 minutes of low intensity aerobic Schedule Training Routine # 2 Chest Delts