The Potential of Bodyweight Exercises. Bodyweight Training (BWT) can do wonders; take a look at this guy: D3Hundred.
A commenter once told me that Herschel Walker claims to have never lifted a weight in his life. I’ve heard the same claim for Bo Jackson and a few other pro athletes.
But I wonder what BWT can do it all for us Regular Joes . . . .
- D3Hundred was a serious weightlifter prior to starting his bodyweight training. Not to belittle what D3Hundred can do, but if you start big, it just might not be as difficult to make BWT do wonders.
- Walker and Jackson were elite athletes with a drive (and resources) many of us will never achieve. Plus they have the advantage of incredible genetic potential which we don’t have, either.
- How many of these tales are apocryphal to being with, setting up a false hope?
If one does nothing but sit ups, push ups, pull ups, dips, and squats . . . would that make you big?
It would certainly make you fit — especially if you incorporated all the variations in the movements like MCT workouts do or the D3Hundred video above shows — which is what most of us (I think) are shooting for.
But would normal people see anything like the results these athletes (supposedly) achieved using BWT alone?
Anybody want to point me to some evidence that BWT alone, without freakish genetics and prior years of weight training, will pump you up?
Putting Off Until Today. Speaking of BWT . . . I didn’t do my MCT workout last night. Things got busy, I let myself get distracted, and by the time I thought about it, it was too late. I’m not worried, however: I’ve done this before and, as my saving grace, I have always made it up the following day.
It means I’ll have to do MCT workouts two days in a row but that’s not a problem this week since these workouts use a 50-10 protocol. I don’t know about you, but I find 50-10 much easier than Tabata.
Max Capacity Training, Do-Over. In keeping with this weeks 50-10 theme, MCT Day 29 is the following exercises in a 50-10 timing protocol.
- Staggered Push-ups: 25
- Sprinter’s Squats: 14
- Air Force Crunches: 16
LalanneElbows Plank: 10
This seems like it is going to a balanced workout, hitting chest, legs, and core pretty evenly.
UPDATE – Review. I found I couldn’t do the Lalanne plank and so I did a plank with my elbows on the ground. It still kicked my butt.
Notes for this workout:
- I got carpet burn on my elbows from the plank. If you do the exercise right, you won’t have to worry about this. If you can’t do the Lalanne plank like me, be careful.
- If your balance sucks like mine does, do the squats near a wall so you can use it for support and not fall over.
- Doing the staggered push ups gave me an extra bunch of respect for what D3Hundred does in that video up top.
Plan for Week 33.
I skipped my MCT workout on Wednesday and will do it tonight, come Hell, high water, or twins. 😉
I just did25 staggered push-ups, 14 sprinter squats, 16 air force crunches and 5 seconds of Lalanne plank on Day 29, Round 1…
Actually, I found I couldn’t do the Lelanne plank and so I did a plank with my elbows on the ground. Still kicked my butt.