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Bodyweight Workouts Part 2: Inclusion of the Exercises

Bodyweight Workouts Part 2: Inclusion of the Exercises

In part 1 we covered 10 of the best bodyweight exercises, and the power of bodyweight exercises. In this part we’ll go through 4 workout routines for four different situations, to include the exercises effectively.

If you didn’t catch part 1, you can do so here. We’ll wait for you to come back before we move on. The exercises we covered were:

  1. Pull-Ups
  2. Push-Ups
  3. Squats
  4. Lunges
  5. Bulgarian Split Squats
  6. Burpees
  7. Sprints
  8. Handstand Push-Ups
  9. L-Sits
  10. Muscle-Ups

These exercises are really the foundation for most other exercises, and we can easily progress and regress them to fit our need, like we did in part 1. But how do we use them?

That’s what we’ll cover today: how to implement these ten exercises in several situations. The four settings we will dive into and design workouts for are:

  • Gym/Strength Routine

Progressions for making these bodyweight exercises more challenging in a regular gym setting

  • Conditioning/Fat Loss Routine

Putting together a routine of bodyweight exercises in a challenging manner for conditioning and fat loss purposes.

  • Vacation Body

Having a big tool box for bodyweight exercises is great if you want to break a sweat while you’re on vacation.

  • Advanced Bodyweight Training

Lastly, a more advanced bodyweight workout

Gym/Strength Routine:

How can we take the bodyweight exercises into the local gym, make use of the equipment, and make it an effective workout?

If all you do right now is machine-based training, you will quickly notice an extreme jump in your progress if you move towards practicing bodyweight training and including more free-weights. Take the step from the machines to the free-weight area—machines are comfortable and you can’t do them wrong, but when did “comfortable” ever get us anywhere?

Step over that imaginary line you’ve made up and step foot in the free-weight area. You’ll already feel a sense of mastery and increased self-confidence by pushing your limits a little further.

This strength routine is just as good for beginners as for advanced, the real key lies in the load being used, always add more weights from week to week/day to day. This routine is to get stronger.

Gym/Strength Routine:

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1. Barbell Front Squats         5×5

Rest: 3-4 minutes: Stretch calves or pecs in rest periods

2. Pull-Ups                             4xAs Many As Possible – If you can’t do them, then do eccentrics. (If you can knock out sets on 12-15 reps then do 4×4 with additional weights)

Rest: 2-3 minutes: Stretch hips or quads in rest periods

3. Bulgarian Split Squats       4×8/each side (Hold dumbbells in each hand)

Rest: 2 minutes: Stretch pecs or lats/back in rest-periods

4. Push-Ups                            4xAMAP or Weighted Pushups 4×8-10 (Weight on back)

Rest: 1-2 Minutes: Stretch hamstrings in rest-periods

Conditioning/Fat Loss routine:

By making small adjustments, we can transform our bodyweight exercises into conditioning and fat loss. In the strength routine we focused on strength, but you’ll also build muscle and can experience body fat loss if done properly, and supplement with good nutrition.

1. Squats  4×10

2A. Pull-Ups – Variation    4sets

2B. Walking Lunges 4×12/each leg

3A. Push-Ups – Variation    4×15

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3B. Burpees                4×12

4. Sprint Intervals

Sprint 1 minute. Rest 30seconds. Repeat 5 more times. Total of 6 times

Either done on treadmill, a field/grass turf, or one lap on the track

Vacation Body

Waking up early and getting in a short, yet effective 30 minute workout feels extremely good when you’re on vacation. For this, you need zero equipment—only yourself.

Here’s a simple, effective, and intense bodyweight routine you can do anywhere on vacation; in your hotel room, at the beach, by the pool or wherever you are hiding out.

1A. Pushups  x10-15

Progress/regress: feet inclined on bed or bench/arms inclined on bed or bench

1B. Bulgarian Split Squats x10-12

Rear foot on bed or bench

1C. Jumping Lunges x10/each leg

Lunge variation. Stand in lunge-position and jump up in the air. Switch legs in mid-air.

Do 4 sets of this circuit. Rest for 45 seconds between sets, no rest between exercises.

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2A. Reverse Lunges x10/each leg

2B. Squats x15

2C. Rotation Pushups x6-8/each side

2D. Burpees x10

Stand in a push-up position and rotate so your torso faces the wall and your arm goes up towards the ceiling. This can be progressed by doing pushups first, then rotating.

Performed in a circuit, 4 sets/rounds. 45seconds rest between sets, no rest between exercises.

3. Sprint In-Place or Sprints

Option 1: Sprint In Place/High Knees OR Sprint In Place while standing in a pushup position, if limited space.

4 sets of 20/each leg. 30 seconds rest

Option 2: Sprint Intervals. If you have the opportunity to go outside do intervals.

Mark out 30 meters. Sprint over, walk back. Repeat 6 times. Rest 45 seconds and repeat 3 more times, for a total of 4 sets.

Advanced Bodyweight Training

1. Muscle-Ups     3xAs Many As Possible

2minutes rest

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2. Handstand Push-Ups     3xAs Many As Possible

1-2minutes rest

3. Barbell Squats        4×8

3 minutes rest

4A. Bulgarian Split Squats   3×6/each leg

4B. L-Sits       3x30sec holds

1-2minutes rest

5. Pull-Ups 2x As Many As Possible.

20 seconds rest

 

There we go: 4 different routines to implement bodyweight exercises, which are easy to progress and regress to fit your need.

Are you using bodyweight exercises on a regular basis when working out? If not, will you start doing them?

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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