No heavy deadlifts, squats, bench presses etc for a few weeks.
I’m running an experiment. I’ve been doing some form of heavy weight training for 5 years now.
Yet ,I feel I still haven’t mastered my bodyweight yet. I will get more into this later.
I got to a 585 pound deadlift at my best, 500 pound squat and 300 pound bench press .
I am proud of these numbers for me.
They are those that have achieved much more but it took me time and patience to get these and it taught me a lot.
But there was something that went in the process.
My joints were telling me to take a break. Knees, hips, and back have all had some form of injury at some point.
I think a new approach is needed for a while. I need to master my bodyweight first.
I have been doing a lot of reading and have read a few books on calisthenics, such as combat conditioning by Matt Furey and Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade.
These books have re-emphasised the fact to me that I am still fairly amateur when it comes to using bodyweight.
So first why am I going to focus on bodyweight for now?
- It is easier on the joints.
- It is less taxing on the whole system so I can do it more.
- I have a long way to progress to get to the advanced moves , this makes me excited for the future.
- Increased stabiliser muscle strength
- Building strength and flexibility at the same time.
- The high rep movements work your cardiovascular system as well
What are the basic bodyweight movements I am going to use?
- Back bridges
- Leg raises
- Handstand holds
I will do these moves for a few weeks and then trial attempting more advanced moves such as outlined below I outline the ones I envision I reaching soon and ones that I envision taking a year or more to achieve.
I have embedded the video links
- one arm pushup– this is likely to take a few months( I am talking the really strict version with legs really close together)
- one arm pullup ( This will likely take over a year to achieve, I will need to get to a lighter bodyweight to increase my relative strength ratio)
- one leg squat( I have achieved this before but due to poor mobility now this will likely take me a few months)
- bridge to stand– This will be difficult but a great movement to master the spinal muscles are neglected in modern strength training
- hanging leg raises– 6 + months for the hardest V sit variation
- Full handstand push up ( Not the one where the head is to the floor ,I am talking about hands elevated and to the point where your hands are in line with shoulders)
- one arm handstand pushup– not quite sure if this will be even possible but it would be a great thing to strive for.
So I hope this inspires some of you to try bodyweight training.
I will let you know about my progress as the weeks go on.
Thanks for stopping by,