It’s quite an experience to live through.
In February of 2000, when I came out with Combat Conditioning, two things happened:
1. People surprised the hell out of me when they bought the book. I never expected to sell so many copies, so fast.
2. Naysayers scoffed at me, the book and bodyweight calisthenics in general.
Within five years, though, a good many scoffers came out with their own version of Combat Conditioning – many of them using the same exercises.
Some gave me credit. Others did not.
Five years after that, even more bodyweight exercise programs hit the market.
Now here we are, 20+ years afterward and bodyweight experts are everywhere.
Even when you go to a commercial gym with thousands of square feet devoted to weight training, you’ll find a couple thousand square feet carved out for trainers who teach bodyweight exercises.
There’s so much out there now on the subject of bodyweight fitness that where to start or what to do can be confusing.
Sadly, much of the information has moved toward the extreme, which does almost no one any good whatsoever, save the person who feels the need to showcase his advanced skills.
In today’s world some would have you believe that extreme is the only way to go. It’s not.
Pushups with two arms are still the primary way to go. Squats using both legs are still ideal.
Yes, I can do one-arm pushups and one-legged squats, but so what? What’s that going to do for YOU if you can barely do one pushup or one squat using both of your limbs? What’s that mean to you if you have a big, fat gut and are 100 pounds overweight?
And no, I’m not exaggerating by using the number 100. Seeing someone who is 100, 150 or 200 pounds overweight is becoming more of the norm than the exception.
The whole world is turning into a bunch of fatties. Many of the fitness instructors who were at home during the “lockdown” got fat as hell.
Ever wonder why that is?
It’s not just because they sat around eating excessively while watching the fear-mongers. It’s also because these instructors don’t know how to train unless they have ridiculous machines to sit on or lie on as they move a makeshift stack of weights.
That’s fine and dandy when the gyms are open, but what can you do with your own bodyweight when the gyms are closed?
Last week I watched a video of a former powerlifter who has done nothing but bodyweight exercises for the past several months. He was very fit looking as a powerlifter – but now, after doing bodyweight exercises, he is shredded. Not only that, he’s healthier and fitter looking than ever.
Did he do EXTREME pushups to get so ripped?
No. He did at least 100 pushups per day.
Some days 300. Some days 500.
But at least 100 a day.
Imagine if he added Hindu pushups or the Tablemakers I teach in Combat Conditioning.
Or Hindu squats, jumper squats and bridging.
The key, my friend, is a consistent approach that always works, day-by-day, year-by-year.
An approach that consistently kicks butt.
That’s what I put out 20+ years ago – and it still works today.
Follow me and you, too, will…
Kick ass and take names!