Why Body Weight Training
and Animal Exercises
are one and the same (and why they're
good for you)
In my mind, body
weight training and animal
exercises can be considered one and the same. Some
people who have gone through my website are somewhat confused by
this. In the past, I've gotten more than a few comments about
this along these lines ...
like your website and your whole
philosophy of natural
training. I also love the exercises that are based on animal
training that you have in your website and in your new eBook.
However, you also feature exercises like pushup-ups. How are
these animal exercises? I've never seen any animal do a
Question, and here's my answer
While it's true that no animals that I know of do exercises like
push-ups etc, I still consider them to be an animal
exercises. The reasons for this is that body weight training
exercises like push-ups use 1) only your own body weight, and 2) work
your entire body as a unit. To me, this is the essence of
natural, animal like training.
Exercising like an Animal in the Real World
As I've stated before, you could get
yourself in fantastic, Tarzan like
shape if you simply found a tree and climbed around in it all
day. However, for most of us, this just isn't
practical. If you are like me and you often exercise in your
own house or apartment, swinging from a tree is not an option. Most of
us just don't live in this kind of a natural
environment. This is why I
think it makes sense to use our big human brains to invent a natural
body weight training program that will give us the same benefits of
animal like training without having to climb a tree. This is
why I consider all body weight exercises to be animal exercises, even
if animals don't necessarily do them themselves.
love all body weight
training routines and why I'm constantly
learning more about them.
When you train naturally with your own body weight, and whether these
routines are invented by Man (such as in my natural
or based on animal movements (as is my animal
workouts program), you
get the same BENEFITS. Isn't this what's important?
of Natural Body Weight
Training - It's Convenient
There are many advantages to body weight training as opposed to more
traditional forms of exercise. A big one is simply
convenience. So many people use excuses like "If only I had
the time ..." or "If only I lived close to a gym". With body
weight training, these excuses are out the
window. They can
be performed anywhere, anytime, without any special equipment at
all. Whether animal based or not, you can fit your training
into your schedule, not the other way around.
They can be as
or Hard as
Many people worry that body weight training is simply too
easy. These kinds of exercises are best left for people who
are injured, or perhaps the very young. People who think this
way have most likely never trained in a real way with their own body
weight. With proper body weight training, it's easy to
increase the difficulty level at anytime. With most
exercises, you simply add more repetitions, add "time" to a posture, or
modify the exercise to increase the difficulty. For example,
my goal this year (2009) is to be able to perform handstand
pushups. As of this writing I can only do them a 1/4
distance. However, as I get stronger, I'll progress to going
1/2 of the way down, then all the way down. This is a small
example, but you get what I mean.
Variety of Movements
With traditional weightlifting, the
kinds of movements you can perform
are always dictated by gravity. This means that the strongest
resistance you can experience will always come from only one direction,
straight down. In the real world, however, we are constantly
moving in three dimensions, not just one direction. Whether
you're training for a sport or simply training to survive the daily
grind of life (picking up kids, groceries, etc), you should always want
to train your body so that it can perform well moving in all directions
and all angles. These are the kinds of exercises
you get with proper body weight training.
What I Do
As you can see from my bodyweight
exercises blog, I usually blend both
kinds of body weight training routines. I usually start off
with "man made" exercises, but I like to finish off with some based on
more animal like movements. It really doesn't
matter. As long as you are working your entire body with your
own body weight, you're guaranteed to be in fantastic shape.
Below are some resources and exercises to get you started on your
journey to becoming
a more confident, energetic and dynamic YOU.
In this video presentation you will learn how why training with nothing
but your own bodyweight just like the animals in nature works so well.
If you watch the whole thing you will be rewarded with a special
limited time offer as well from animal workouts.
revolutionary exercise system which utilizes dynamic self-resistance
exercises to build muscle and sculpt the body safely and easily. For
thousands of years athletes of all kinds have utilized these kinds of
exercises, pitting muscle against muscle, to build strong and
functional physiques. Power Isotonics is a modern take on these time
This is my first eBook filled with Natural Bodyweight
Exercises. All of the exercises in this book work your entire
body, and will get you in fantastic shape in no time flat.
Clearly laid out and filled with photos that take you through each
exercise step by step, this is the body weight training book you've
been waiting for. No matter what your age and in only 15
minutes a day, let Karen and Kerry show you how to unleash the REAL YOU
and get in the best shape of your life.
In this eBook I again present a series of incredibly powerful and
effective body weight workout routines. This time, however,
these body weight workouts are all based on natural animal
movements. Do you want to gain the SPEED of a Cheetah or the
STRENGTH of a Bear? Pick any 4 exercises and perform them
each for 2 minutes everyday. Before you know it, you'll be
there. Filled with full color photographs, let Karen and
Kerry show you how.
Pushups are one of the oldest and most effective exercises known to
man. By themselves pushups work the entire body and can build
incredible strength, power, and endurance in record time. The Ultimate
Guide To Pushups contains over 65 different pushup variations which are
suitable for everyone from the complete beginner to the advanced
athlete. You don't need expensive gym memberships or other gimmicks to
get in superior shape. The pushup variations presented in this book
work most major muscle groups, are free, can be done anywhere at
anytime, have a very low chance of injury and, most of all, are fun! If
you want to get started on the road to superior natural health then The
Ultimate Guide To Pushups is for you!
In this article I attempt to explain why it is possible to get far
fitter and stronger using bodyweight exercises as opposed to
weightlifting. In it I relate the story of a gymnast who abandoned
gymnastic workouts for weight lifting. Does he get stronger? Read
on to find out.
Is it possible to use bodyweight exercises to build strength? Many
people doubt it. They shouldn't. In this artice, I consider the example
of gymnasts. They never do so much as a bicep curl, yet they are
amazingly strong. Click
HERE to learn more.
Isometric Exercises are a fantastic old school method of body weight
training that anyone can do anywhere. I review Paul J. O'Brien's book
of isometric exercises, "7 Seconds To
A Perfect Body", here. There's a lot to like in this
course, although it's not perfect. Click
HERE to read the full review.
This is a body weight fitness program put together by Roger Haeske. He
promises that you can get in incredible shape from only doing 2
exercises. What do I think of this? Click
HERE to read the full review.
In order to get a taste of what natural body weight workouts can do for
you I've put together these fantastic mini workout programs for you to
try. One is a yoga inspired routine that will work your
body. The other comes directly from my Power Isometrics program and
will give you an idea as to what isometric training is all about.
They're both for you for free for simply signing up to receive
blog updates, which are themselves filled with great
HERE to learn more.