What’s up guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. We’re going to continue our series today of our 8 Best Exercises. This time covering the 8 Best Bodyweight Exercises you can do. And we’re going to mix it up guys, it’s not
just strength training exercises but conditioning as well. If you want to be an Athlete, you’ve got to train like an Athlete. We’re going to combine both strength and conditioning to cover each of these 8 exercises. And guess what? We’re going to cover your whole body too and the only piece of equipment that you’ll need to manipulate your own bodyweight for a few
of the exercises is a single Pullup Bar. If you don’t have one already, invest
in one. 10 to 15 bucks is well worth your development.
Let’s get it started. The 8 Best Bodyweight Exercises you can do.
Classic Pull Up
There’s no way that we can get through an 8 Best Exercises list without including this one because it simply is one of the best things you can do for your upper body and it is a great Bodyweight option. Now let’s say you are not getting enough out of a Pull Up. Or you’re looking for something more advanced or more difficult, we can involve more muscles in the exercise
by simply switching our grip. Being able to master that is the key. Because you never want to get stagnant with any of your upper body exercises or any of your Bodyweight exercises period.
Commando Pull Up
Now I’ve got a Core involvement because my body wants to twist in one side as soon as you take this over under grip. You can’t let that happen. We’re going to let our Core kick in and actually help us to stay stable while we Pull Up to each side of the bar. Of course a little bit extra Forearm involvement here, a little bit of Biceps, never a bad thing here when we’re trying to Amp Up the intensity of the exercise.
Let’s stick with that theme though, as we move to number 2. Let’s get those Biceps a little bit more involved. And of course let’s get that Core a little bit more involved too just by flipping the grip all the way over.
Chin Up Knee Up
You can see as I do this exercise, it’s two parts. The first part is getting my head up over that bar through a natural Chin Up. Which we know that positioning will work our biceps a lot more than it would in a normal Pull Up positioning. And of course, let’s involve those Abs as well by finishing with the Knee Up. A great way to get more out of your Bodyweight
Exercises and Training is to put more in them. You can see this exercise gives us that opportunity. Add a few more muscle groups, make the movement a little bit more complex but you’re going to get the rewards that you’re looking for, much quicker.
Let’s throw the equipment away altogether and shift to the other half of our body, our Legs. And by far one of the most difficult lower body exercises you can do is a Bodyweight exercise.
Slick Floor Bridge Curl
All you need to do is put on a pair of socks, find some kind of a slick floor. Which here I’m using tile, you can use a wood floor. Anything that you can actually just slide your socks on and you’ve got one of the best Glute Hamstring developers in your arsenal. The great thing about the Slick Floor Bridge Curl is you’re actually training your muscles to work the way they’re supposed to work. You don’t ever want to have your Hamstrings trying to work without the help of the Glutes. You see far too often, when the Hamstrings have to do all the work, that’s when you get a Hamstring injury. Let the bigger stronger Glutes kick in and this exercise forces you to do that by holding your Bridge up high and then initiating the
We can’t neglect the front side of our legs and this exercise gives us an opportunity to make sure we don’t.
The Levitation Squat is actually a really good exercise for those particularly those that have a hard time maybe even attempting a Pistol Squat. The Pistol Squat puts our leg out in front of us which makes it a lot harder for us to even balance. It’s not necessarily that you don’t have the
single leg strength to execute it, but you might not have the single leg strength combined with the balance to execute it. Now, can you progress yourself to a Pistol Squat? By all means, Yes. And you can actually self spot yourself by hanging on to a bar when you perform it, until you build the adequate strength and balance to do it. But I’m going to tell you, I still love the Levitation Squat. It makes my knees feel a little bit better and I’m able to actually push and get a little bit more out of every single rep and therefore for me, I put it right at the top of my list.
We know that we’re going to have to
target our Chest with some type of Pushup because that really is the best option outside of Dips. But we’re trying to limit the equipment here,
right, I always said only a Pull Up Bar. The bodyweight Pushup that I like here is the
because if you perform this exercise correctly you’re not just targeting
your Chest, but you’re actually heavily targeting your Shoulders, your Chest and your Triceps at different ranges in the motion.
When you first start your descent, you’re actually working a lot on your Shoulders and when you get down to the bottom of the rep you’re really maximizing your Chest and as you come back up and out, you’re really contracting the Triceps as you get a little bit of extension back behind your body. You can make this even more difficult and more rewarding and even target, either the Triceps or the Shoulders a little bit more, by simply performing as I’m showing you here, a one and a half rep style of the exercise. So come down into the front, if you want to work your Triceps and instead of coming all the way back up, head back up for one more
half a rep and then come back up.
If you want to work your Shoulders a little bit more, just simply stay at the top range of the motion for just that extra half rep and you’ll be able to give your Shoulders just that little extra that they might need to start making them pop even more. Speaking of Shoulders, there’s actually a
way that we can work them and still get in those conditioning benefits that I talked about earlier in the video.
This exercise is incredibly demanding, trust me, if you haven’t tried one, try it. What happens is you’ve got to support your entire body weight, whatever that might be and push your legs up towards the ceiling. Every rep is basically a version of a dynamic or explosive Shoulder Press with your Shoulders still in contact with the ground. So instead of trying to push the Dumbbells up and away from you, you’re trying to push your body up and away from the ground. And definitely a challenging exercise and
one you should try and talk about the conditioning benefits? Do this for a minute straight and I’ll tell you, your Heart will be pumping and you’ll likely be breaking a serious sweat.
A Burpee alone is boring. We can do a lot more guys, if you want to
train Athletic, again challenge yourself to do more things. Challenge yourself to do things in not just the sagittal plane, up and down but make yourself more athletic by involving some rotation. And the version I’m showing you here of the Burpee is certainly a way we can do that.
Side Kickthrough Burpee or Kickthrough Burpee
This is a bitch but I love it, because it will get those lungs burning in no time, I promise you. And again, it’s combining a great amount of
athleticism to do it. Yeah, there’s some coordination involved here
too but I promise if you just practice it a couple times, you’re going to master this exercise and in doing so, get control of one of the best conditioning bodyweight exercises that you can ever do.
Last but certainly not least, let’s break out the Pull Up Bar one last time and ratchet up the difficulty level just a little bit more for one of the most rewarding upper body Bodyweight exercises that you can do.
The Front Lever is going to demand two muscle groups work together that don’t normally prefer to work together and that is the upper back
and the Core. See you can do this because we know that the Core is going to have to provide the stability to fight that force of gravity that’s trying
to bend you in half every single time you lift yourself up.
By the way, the only way you’re going to be able to lift yourself up is by having the adequate strength in your upper back to perform what is essentially a Straight Arm Pushdown without weights to get your body up and against that force of gravity. This is absolutely one of the best exercises that you can do and it’s one that commands respect because everybody knows, it’s pretty damn hard to do. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t do it. You can always break out an assisted band to try to anchor your feet in until you’ve built up the strength to be able to do the
exercise fully. But still, whatever way you wind up doing it, it’s still a great exercise and one of the best to add to your bodyweight exercise
Alright guys, so there you have it, 8 exercises to prove once again, that Bodyweight training does not have to be inferior training.
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