The Fixed Bar Bodyweight Biceps Curl

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Some of the best arm exercises are body weight moves and this is no exception. Like tiger bends, and floor triceps extensions, this fixed bar curl keeps your hands still while moving your entire body against gravity. This creates a lot of potential tension in your biceps while also sparing …

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Body Weight Triceps Extension

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This is one of the best triceps exercises bar-none. It also happens to be one of those body weight moves that doesn’t require anything other than the floor and a bucket full of determination. Give this workout a shot: -3 sets of extensions for 15 reps with 60 seconds rest …

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Why Your Grip Makes or Breaks Your Total Body Strength

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Your total body strength is often limited by your grip strength. The other day I was at the Denver Museum of Science and Natural History and they had a fun little challenge testing your ability to hang off of a ledge. It was a neat set up where there was …

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Why A Fit Body is the Ultimate Symbol of Status and Prestige

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  We Americans love our symbols of status and prestige. Be it a fancy car in the garage, or a flashy watch on the wrist, we love to own things that convey our importance and might to the world. I love stuff like this, but if you ask me, a …

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Why Body Weight Training Builds Such a Sexy Physique #3

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  While progressive calisthenics  is one of the most challenging of body weight skills, it’s also one the most rewarding when it comes to sculpting a killer physique. I credit this with the fact that progressive calisthenics requires your technical abilities to improve to reach higher levels of strength. If …

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Theories on Why Body Weight Training Builds Sexy Physique #2

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  I must confess, I was one of those guys who believed that all I needed to do to build an attractive body was to either be as lean as possible or pack on muscle like crazy. All through high school and college I worked like crazy to bring my body …

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This is Why Your Body Is Fighting You

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You can’t fight yourself and win. That’s my mantra and I believe it right to my core. How can you possibly fight yourself and win? That being said, sometimes it can feel like your body is indeed fighting you and resiting the changes you wish to see. You may even …

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Body Weight Leg Extension Exercise

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  The body weight world typically shuns the idea of isolation exercises in favor of compound work. While I agree compound exercises bring the lions share of the results, there is still a time and place for focus on certain areas of the body. Hamstrings are highly focused through suspension strap curls, …

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The Risk and Benefit of Adding Weight to Body Weight Exercises

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Yes, it looks impressive but……….. So you’re getting pretty proficient at body weight exercise and you’re thinking of adding a little extra weight to spice things up a bit. Adding extra wait to body weight exercise is a great way to add intensity to your basic movements. However there are …

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Body Data and the Myth of Working Out

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  The idea that the body only receives information to change and operate during the workout is  entirely untrue. The reality is that your body is constantly receiving “instructions” on how it should function and operate. It’s always learning and being conditioned 24/7. I like to call these signals and …

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Relax, Bodyweight Training Can Provide As Much Resistance As You Can Take

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No need for a spotter One of the reasons why I was so reluctant to study body weight exercises, was because I thought they were very limited in their scope of resistance. After all, you can make a barbell heavier, or pin more weight on a weight machine, but that’s …

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Is Bodyweight Training More Versatile Than Free Weights?

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Is the human body more versatile than a set of free weights or a weight machine? One of the biggest myths about body weight training is that it is limited in scope and therefore can only bring you limited benefits. I often hear people talk about how convenient and economical …

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Why The Pull Up Is #1 For a Sexy Physique

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We all wanna look good naked and have a sexy body. Unfortunately, when our attention turns to exercises for beauty, we tend to only focus on moves we think are going to help us look good. The pull ups is always playing second fiddle to other techniques but it’s essential …

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Why You’re Only as Strong as Your Grip

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There is one area of your body that is holding all of the keys to building your upper body. Make it strong and healthy and strength can be yours. But if it’s weak and unusable there is absolutely zero hope for you to build a strong and statuesque body. Period.

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Is The Weight of Your Body Enough to Build Massive Strength?

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Back when I was a weights-only kind ‘a guy I had the notion that body weight training wouldn’t be effective because it was not nearly difficult enough. After all, I would load up a barbell with a bunch of weight and squat with it and I needed that extra weight …

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