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A Basic Bodyweight Workout Plan

Shane asks about a basic bodyweight workout plan: “What is a good place to start a body weight workout? I cannot do strict military pull ups, but have always wanted to. I’ve tried negatives etc with no success.” You start with where you are at. The main thing to do with bodyweight, or otherwise, is […]

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Workouts that Build Your Brain

I love science…but it’s not without it’s problems. One of which is that we often have theories that are just plan wrong. Remember the idea that the brain didn’t grow new neurons as an adult, and wasn’t capable of change? Couldn’t be more wrong. Jim wrote in response to the recent post on diversity of […]

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Which Set and Rep Scheme is Best?

Got a couple of questions around the same topic: “I would be interested in suggested set/rep strategies for different goals using body weight exercises. I am currently working my way to a 100 push-up set. I’ve been adjusting sets, reps, and rest. I’m reading about conflicting strategies. i.e. 3-9 sets throughout the day, everyday, in […]

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Handstand Pushup against the Wall

Quick Bodyweight Workout when Traveling

As mentioned previously, I was traveling in Guatemala for a week. On my shorter travels I typically don’t workout — just getting a solid workout in before I go, and then getting right back into it upon my return. I use the travel time to recoup, kind of like a short deload period. But a […]

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Intensity vs. Severity

The terms we use when it comes to training, guide our thinking about training. As such I feel this is one of the most important terms to “grok” if you want to become stronger. The following comes adapted from The Master Keys to Strength and Fitness where I originally wrote about it. After the typical […]

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Don’t be a Robot!

Bodybuilders get a lot of crap, especially from us in the “functional training” world. But that’s not to say there aren’t some smart and strong guys out there in that world. Recently came across this quote from Tom Platz, a professional bodybuilder voted to have the ‘Best Quads and Hamstrings of All Time’. After being […]

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Bodyweight Isometrics

Seeing as bodyweight and isometrics are always popular subjects to my readers, this question from Charles covers both… Recently saw you doing some 1-arm chin-up isometric holds which are very difficult but awesome for building arm and back strength. Was wondering if you know of any other powerful bodyweight isometric holds, and if you planned […]

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Big Muscle Gains on Little Time…

Don asks the following questions regarding muscle gains on limited time. I’ve purchased a number of your materials through Dragon Door and through Legendary Strength. Thank you for creating such great quality stuff. I have a question for you regarding training frequency for muscle gain. Could you provide any guidance on how often a person […]

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Progressive Slides vs. Jumps

If you want to become stronger (more enduring, flexible, skilled, etc.) it comes down to progression. If you understand the principles of progression then you can achieve just about any physical thing. It’s just a matter of putting in the work over time. People often ask, how do you tear a phonebook in half? Besides […]

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