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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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Consultant, Coach and Business Owner based in Norway.

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Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

How can you get relief from neck pain?

There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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  • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
  • How old are your mattress and pillow?
  • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
  • How do you manage stress?
  • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

Remedies for Neck Pain

Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

1. Everyday Activities

One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

4. Stress and Stress Management

Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

5. Accident or Injury

If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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  • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
  • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
  • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
  • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

 

Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

1. Gua Sha

This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

2. Swimming

You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

3. Chiropractic Massage

Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

  • Cervical Manual Traction
  • Flexion-Distraction
  • Cervical Mobilization
  • Ultrasound
  • Cervical Drop Technique
  • Trigger Point Therapy

There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

The Bottom Line

If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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