I am far from the strongest when it comes to bodyweight exercise.
However, I started out a hell of a lot worse. In fact, when I first started exercising seriously, I couldn’t do a single pull-up. As a supposedly fit man (18 years old), this was considered pretty sad. Though I didn’t have a gymnastics background or even a good strength base, the progress I have made in the past several years (8 to be exact) has been pretty damn good if I do say so myself. The past 3-4 years especially I have made exponentially more progress than the previous 4-5.
Last week I was able to do this as part of my workout:
The awesome part, in my opinion, is that there is no limit to how far you can take your strength when it comes to training with only your bodyweight. Above I’m using a weight vest, and you can always progress to more challenging variations. It’s great to be able to see the long term progress over years. It really makes you appreciate the journey.
Of course, starting with such a challenging variation is impossible, but laying a foundation to get to that point is even more important, in my opinion. Building absolutely fundamental strength and flexibility with standard pushups, pull-ups, squats, and simple flexibility movements is absolutely imperative. I know if I had started out with a better foundation of good movement, I would have arrived at this point a lot sooner (and without a lot of aches and pains). So I wanted to help you guys out and put together a comprehensive yet simple instructional video on all the basics to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to avoid the mistakes that are commonly made as a beginner. If you are just starting out, this is a great resource, and if you plan on coaching people on how to properly execute simple bodyweight exercises, it is an absolute must.