19 Powerful Bodyweight Exercises for Strength and Speed
Improve your power and agility and add intensity to any workout with these moves.
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A challenging workout requires a continuous mix of technical, physical and cerebral difficulty. Powering through endless reps of linear isolation moves is mindless and useless – it may bulk up specific muscles but it will never give you the definition, agility, and strength you want – and it’s guaranteed to bore you and kill your motivation.
Gym and machine workouts deconstruct human movement into tiny slivers of the 4-dimensional time-space continuum – only the tiniest linear slices that can be mechanized and marketed and endlessly repeated. Stop working out like a machine and start moving like a human and you will be amazed at the definition, strength, and agility you can achieve.
Plyometric moves are intense and they can be daunting if you’ve never done them before. But the benefits are quick and astonishingly superior to what you can achieve with the typical mindless repetitive, linear, mid-range, slow concentric-eccentric isolation moves of typical gym exercises.
The best way to start is to mix brief, intense bursts of fast-twitch plyo moves with active isometric rest intervals.
This combination of multi-contraction (concentric, eccentric, isometric), multi-dimensional (linear, curvilinear, twisting, rotatory), temporally varied (fast-twitch, slow-twitch) movements into each workout will markedly accentuate muscle fiber definition while minimizing exhaustion as you quickly shift from one movement to the next before you feel the burn of the explosive move – so your recovery is built into an active rest phase. It will also keep your mind active and constantly challenged to adapt to and work with strange new alignments and demands,
There are no ‘leg days’, ‘back days’, ‘arm days’, or recovery days, there are only whole-body days. You’ve got a whole body, right? so why not use it? Instead of mechanistically bulking up the same tiny bundle of mid-range isolated muscle fibers every day, why not stimulate the maximum number of fibers over the entire range of temporal-spatial dimensions available to you? Why not let everything get more defined, stronger and more agile in balance with everything else?
Reject the limits that other people and the ‘exercise’ establishment have placed on you. Stop exercising and start learning how to move.