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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:18

What does it mean to live the Bodyweight Lifestyle?

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What does it mean to live the Bodyweight Lifestyle?
 
The Bodyweight Lifestyle is all about freedom and responsibility. Freedom to train anywhere, anytime, how ever you would like. To practice this wonderful art of physical expression and learn to train instinctively and not be a slave to a location or routine and to educate yourself and take responsibility of your health and fitness into your own hands.  
 
I want to change the way you look at fitness and health and give you the tools and knowledge needed to break free from the shackles of fatigue, physical dysfunction, drug dependency and obesity that has claimed 2/3rds of Americas population and something I suffered from myself. The time is NOW for you to act! I wish you a good journey and am here to help and support you all the way!
 
Good Reppin!
Joe
 
 
Friday, 30 August 2013 19:16

Bodyweight "Jerk"

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What's up guys! 

Here's a cool move I came up with the other day called a bodyweight jerk.  It's an explosive combination row and extension that I'm really looking forward to progressing!  Get yourself a "Jungle Gym"  suspension trainer like the one I'm using and give it a shot for yourself! 

Check out the link here to get your own! --> http://www.bodyweightlifestyle.com/index.php/store

If you have any questions be sure to let me know! 

Good reppin!

Joe

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Steve Reeve's Inspired Bodyweight Lifestyle workout!

 

 

 

 

What's up guys!

The great Steve Reeves a.k.a. "The Shape"  Mr. America 1947, Mr. Universe 1950 and movie star of the 50's and 60's famous for playing Hercules as well as many other roles!  Considered to be one of the greatest natural bodybuilders of all time with the classic proportions based on Greek ideals.  All done with basic equipment and without drugs! His physique and training principles still inspire me today! 

Even though I decided to drop the barbell years ago and train with bodyweight exclusively his principles and techniques apply just the same! 

 

 

 A brief overview of Steve's Training philosophy 

Steve performed 3 full body training sessions 3 days per week on non consecutive days keeping the repetitions in the moderate 8-12 range and though he was strong Steve performed most movements with moderate weights that provided enough resistance to properly feel the muscles working the way he wanted.  He never lifted for pure strength and never got caught up worrying about the amount of weight he used.  He generally kept a quick pace and used smooth controlled tempo when performing his reps and incorporated pyramids, supersets and drop sets into his program.  Steve always started his workouts with the shoulders and worked down the body finishing his workouts with his legs. He trained this way for a few reasons, one is that 80% of the blood is in the lower extremities and pumping them full of blood before moving to the upper body would place unnecessary stress on the body to try and fight gravity and bring the blood back up , two the legs provide your base of support for many other exercises and if they were fatigued from the get go the rest of the workout could potentially suffer and three he felt it was better to start with smaller muscles and gradually build into heavier more demanding exercises as the body became more warmed up.  He also felt that the deltoids are a hard muscle group for many to develop and deserved to be placed first when one could put maximum concentration and energy into them.  Wide shoulders and narrow waist are the hallmarks of the "classic physique".

 

 

Steve Reeves inspired Bodyweight Lifestyle workout! 

Here we will put together a bodyweight routine inspired by some of Steve's training principles

 

 

Tri set - starting with the shoulders and lats

Handstand push up 3-4 x 8-15 reps

wide grip chin up 3-4 x 8-15

Back fly with Jungle gym suspension trainer 3-4x6-12

 

super set - lats and pecs

reverse grip pull ups 3-4 x 10-15

medium grip push ups 3-4 x 10-20

 

super set - pecs and lats

wide dips 3-4 x 8-15

Jungle gym body rows 3-4 x 8-15

 

super set - biceps and triceps

jungle gym biceps curl 3-4 x 8-12

jungle gym triceps ext. 3-4 x 8-12

 

super set - abs and lower back

hanging leg raise 3-4 x 10-15

back dome 3-4 x 30 sec hold

 

 

super set - quads and hamstrings

sissy squat 3-4 x 6-12

power wheel leg curl 3-4 x 6-12

 

super set - thighs and calves

walking lunges 3-4 x 10-20 each side

standing calf raise 3-4 x 20

 

There it is!  Steve Reeves inspired bodyweight lifestyle workout!  This is just one example of many possible workouts that could be put together utilizing Steve's training principles.  Feel free to try this out and adjust the repetitions and sets as needed for your fitness level and then try putting together your own Steve Reeve's inspired bodyweight workout and get to building your classic physique!

 

Good Reppin!

 

Joe

 

Steve Reeve's Inspired Bodyweight Lifestyle workout!

 

 

 

 

What's up guys!

The great Steve Reeves a.k.a. "The Shape"  Mr. America 1947, Mr. Universe 1950 and movie star of the 50's and 60's famous for playing Hercules as well as many other roles!  Considered to be one of the greatest natural bodybuilders of all time with the classic proportions based on Greek ideals.  All done with basic equipment and without drugs! His physique and training principles still inspire me today! 

Even though I decided to drop the barbell years ago and train with bodyweight exclusively his principles and techniques apply just the same! 

 

 

                                                                        A brief overview of Steve's Training philosophy 

Steve performed 3 full body training sessions 3 days per week on non consecutive days keeping the repetitions in the moderate 8-12 range and though he was strong Steve performed most movements with moderate weights that provided enough resistance to properly feel the muscles working the way he wanted.  He never lifted for pure strength and never got caught up worrying about the amount of weight he used.  He generally kept a quick pace and used smooth controlled tempo when performing his reps and incorporated pyramids, supersets and drop sets into his program.  Steve always started his workouts with the shoulders and worked down the body finishing his workouts with his legs. He trained this way for a few reasons, one is that 80% of the blood is in the lower extremities and pumping them full of blood before moving to the upper body would place unnecessary stress on the body to try and fight gravity and bring the blood back up , two the legs provide your base of support for many other exercises and if they were fatigued from the get go the rest of the workout could potentially suffer and three he felt it was better to start with smaller muscles and gradually build into heavier more demanding exercises as the body became more warmed up.  He also felt that the deltoids are a hard muscle group for many to develop and deserved to be placed first when one could put maximum concentration and energy into them.  Wide shoulders and narrow waist are the hallmarks of the "classic physique".

 

Steve Reeves inspired Bodyweight Lifestyle workout! 

Here we will put together a bodyweight routine inspired by some of Steve's training principles

 

 

Tri set - starting with the shoulders and lats

Handstand push up 3-4 x 8-15 reps

wide grip chin up 3-4 x 8-15

Back fly with Jungle gym suspension trainer 3-4x6-12

 

super set - lats and pecs

reverse grip pull ups 3-4 x 10-15

medium grip push ups 3-4 x 10-20

 

super set - pecs and lats

wide dips 3-4 x 8-15

Jungle gym body rows 3-4 x 8-15

 

super set - biceps and triceps

jungle gym biceps curl 3-4 x 8-12

jungle gym triceps ext. 3-4 x 8-12

 

super set - abs and lower back

hanging leg raise 3-4 x 10-15

back dome 3-4 x 30 sec hold

 

 

super set - quads and hamstrings

sissy squat 3-4 x 6-12

power wheel leg curl 3-4 x 6-12

 

super set - thighs and calves

walking lunges 3-4 x 10-20 each side

standing calf raise 3-4 x 20

 

There it is!  Steve Reeves inspired bodyweight lifestyle workout!  This is just one example of many possible workouts that could be put together utilizing Steve's training principles.  Feel free to try this out and adjust the repetitions and sets as needed for your fitness level and then try putting together your own Steve Reeve's inspired bodyweight workout and get to building your classic physique!

 

Good Reppin!

 

Joe

 

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