bodyweight exercises

November
21

One of my favorite images from history is when the Persian king Xerxes faces off with the famous 300 Spartans at Thermopylae…but it isn’t any of the battles or famous one liners that I think of. No, my favorite image is from before the fighting started, when the Persians had made their intentions known that […]

April
8

Crawling is also some of the best core training you can do and works your body in ways that nothing else can. In fact, I’d say that if you aren’t doing some sort of crawling then you have a huge hole in your program that is costing you when you ride. While it doesn’t seem […]

December
22

They say that desperation is the mother of invention and I totally agree.  For example, a while back I ran into this when I didn’t have an Ab Wheel for my kneeling rollouts. After thinking about it for a few minutes I finally decided to try it without the Ab Wheel and realized that I […]

December
11

Having “bad knees” is one of the most common complaints I hear about from riders who have concerns about incorporating squatting exercises into their program. It seems that when they try to squat it causes them pain – either immediately or in days afterwards – and so it is an exercise/ movement they generally try […]

September
18

I came up with this exercise at home the other day because I didn’t have an Ab Wheel for the ab rollouts I had planned. I decided to try it without the Ab Wheel and realized that I actually like this exercise better as a mountain bike core training exercise. I call it the Kneeling […]

August
7

One of the more common questions I get asked is about what to do while recovering from an injury. While some injuries are harder to work around than others, the most common injuries from riding are to the arms and legs and so finding ways to keep strong without all 4 of them is necessary […]

June
26

My favorite addition to my bodyweight training over the last year is definitely the Bodyweight Flows. Something about getting down on the ground and crawling around is challenging, fun and enlightening all at once. First, it is surprising how hard it is to do these things. You look at them and you don’t think it […]

May
22

One of the things we use a lot in BJJ training are animal inspired bodyweight exercises. From the Shrimp to the Alligator (and its more sinister cousin the Rotagilla, which is a backwards Alligator), the act of moving my bodyweight through different crawls has proven to be more of a challenge than I thought it […]

October
5

I don’t know about you but the push up is the first exercise I can remember doing as kid. They are also one of my favorite upper body exercises for mountain biking and I have some variation of them in almost every program I write today. However, most people just scratch the surface with the […]

April
25

In anticipation of the release of my No Gym, No Problem Workout Program I wanted to share with you exactly why I am creating this new program. I don’t create new programs unless I feel that they have something significant and unique to offer compared to my other workout programs. I also don’t want to […]

April
23

After seeing everyone post their favorite bodyweight exercise in during the No Gym, No Problem Workout Program giveaway last week I got to thinking about some of my all time favorite bodyweight exercises. Putting this new program together had me gathering and sorting through all sorts of great bodyweight exercises (the final program will include […]

April
13

The bridge (or wheel as it is called in yoga) is a fundamental exercise that has been forgotten about in the modern fitness culture. It is the perfect antidote to the slouched shoulder/ tight hip flexors posture so many of us find ourselves in and one of the best ways to activate and strengthen the […]

April
9

I have written before about how much I enjoyed the book Convict Conditioning and how it influenced my training. Bodyweight exercises were always one of those things I preached that people start with but was unknowingly selling short in my programs. After several months of giving hardcore calisthenics a new priority in my mountain bike […]

March
26

So you can do a push up, but can you do a handstand push up? You can do a squat, but can you do a pistol squat? Bodyweight training is one of the most productive uses of your training time, but most riders have only scratched the surface of what you can really do with […]

March
9

Chin Ups and Pull Ups are some of the best exercises you can do to improve your upper back and core strength. As a mountain biker you need strength in those areas to help you better handle rough, technical trails and stay strong on the trail. In this video I go over some basic tips […]

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