*grab your free, complete workout program, with instructional video included, at the bottom of this post.
As I alluded to in The Superiority of Bodyweight Training, there is a major shift happening in the world of fitness, and more specifically, in the world of bodyweight training. People are getting tired of the old, repetitive calisthenic-esque routines, and they’re looking for something that will help them not only achieve their fat loss, muscle building, and conditioning goals, but also something that will make them feel better during and after training. The truth is, many people are starting to look upon basic bodyweight routines that are made up of endless sets of pushups, situps and squats and see the influence that bodybuilding-style training has had upon it (and realizing the consequences that such training methods create).
Even though bodyweight exercise has traditionally been taught as a physique-focused training method (boy, that sure must have been a hard sell, who doesn’t want a more attractive physique?), it’s now adapting into a more sophisticated movement discipline. Better health and better movement are the goals, and as a result, a better physique is created. You see, if you seek better movement and better health, you will LOOK healthier and more athletic, too. It’s cause and effect. For example, the reason gymnasts have admirable physiques is not because they train for physique goals, but because they devote themselves to greatness in their craft. Pursuing better health and athleticism leads to certain physiological processes that naturally burn fat and build muscle, revealing an incredible physique automatically. CAUSE AND EFFECT. And some bodyweight training coaches are have caught onto this revolutionary idea and are now taking major action on it.
And now, without further adieu, here is a fun video demonstrating the evolution of bodyweight training. (yes, I know, some of the exercises look goofy in fast motion)
The Evolution of Bodyweight Exercise Training
Thanks to my brother Josh for helping me with the filming – you’re the man!
Do you see the progression? What started as basic calisthenics ultimately evolved into a dressier version of the same calisthenics. It was the same exact exercise, just a little fancier. Then some bright minds started to catch onto this and started getting creative in their home gyms, garage gyms, and local parks. They started seeing through the cloud of conventional bodyweight exercise and began inventing movements that had never been seen before. They sought excellence in their craft, instead of seeking after by-product goals like “ripped abs” or “bigger guns.” And as a result, they got what everyone ultimately wants, but they were healthier movement specialists FIRST. The last part of that video was mostly made up of exercises I learned from the Circular Strength Training system (CST), which was developed by my coach, Scott Sonnon. CST exercise is at the tip of the spear when it comes to innovative, health-first training.
Now, you’ve got a chance to pursue excellence in the craft of bodyweight training because Sonnon has teamed up with Ryan Murdock (the bodyweight coach), and they are offering a free training program as part of their announcement for TACFIT Commando. It’s a bodyweight-only workout that is currently being used by special forces groups around the world, who don’t always have access to exercise equipment.
You’ll have to grab it by midnight February 2, though, because they’re only giving it away between now and then. The workout comes with a 13 page program manual and a detailed video that coaches you through each unique exercise. I’ve read the manual and gone through the workout and I think it’s definitely worth a look by my readers.
So, I’d encourage you to check it out today, try out some of the exercises and then stay tuned for tomorrow’s Physical Living challenge! And make sure your speakers are turned up for the cool intro video:
Update: the free program is no longer available, but all is not lost. I’ve amassed a database of free information all about TACFIT Commando since its debut. Click the link below to learn more:
To your health and success,
CST, CST-KS, NSCA-CPT