Body Weight Strength Training

Using your body's weight as resistance can be a useful part of your training plan
The Search for a Better Quick Measurement of Health
The challenge of finding a meaningful indicator of a person's health - is it blood pressure? Body Mass Index (BMI?) Walking speed? Treadmill test? The more accurate a simple and quick indicator, the better. Ideally, as they say, it should be meaningful, measurable, actionable, and durable   This article from  Atlantic Monthly is valuable - it gives insight into motivations and how they affect better correlations with other activity a person might engage in.  Push-ups, (the ability to do a few or more) for instance, are a more accurate indication of health and longevity..
Check these out, link below.  Excellent for fast-paced circuits! The most versatile strength tool there is.This has a download button for exercise pictures as well...
A new, well-researched article point to the great benefits of strength training for over 40's, particularly because that's the time when muscle-loss is hitting hard.  With really good explanations, it explains how it happens and exactly what strength training does for it.  It also addresses Diabetes Type-2 risk and avoidance, and mood benefits.  Check this link:  Why Lifting Is The New Running For The Over-40s..
The Problem With Body Weight Workouts
This article points out the significant deficits of depending on a body weight strength training plans.  Although perhaps it would have been better titled The Problem With Body Weight-Only Workouts, it's quite educational.  It's by Nick Tumminello, of Performance U: here's the link to the article on his site: Performance UIn the current climate of the fitness field, there are lots of “body weight training only” workouts being promoted, and you’ll often hear personal trainers and performance coaches saying things like “first you must master your body weight with body Regardless o..
The Back Hyper Extension Exercise
Four out of five people suffer serious back pain at some stage of their lives. The hyperextension exercise is one exercise that can build lower back strength in a way that helps avoid this. There are right ways and wrong ways, and Powertec has a very popular machine to help you do it properly. Lets you do hyperextensions at many angles, including the standard 45 and 90 degree. It also permits perfect crunches, and has lots of adjustability in footplates, rollers and pads to suit any body shape positioning. There’s a weight limit of 225 kg!Here’s Powertec’s unit, available at Fitness and Leisur..
The moment you lockout - that is, put all the stress on your bone structure, the stress is off the muscle and onto the joint. (And ligaments and tendons)  You should avoid it therefore. You want strength in the muscle so you don't get permanent damage elsewhere, after all.  So, don't lock out. Stop just short. Many people have painful memories (and the pain sometimes remains) from chipping a bit of bone at the last moment of a lift.But...there are times in many exercises, especially pulling movements, where the connective tissue benefits from strengthening and improved resilience. &n..
Your core muscles are those which control and stabilize your lower back, abdomen and hips.  They are the core of all strength and power movements, as well as the core muscular connection between your upper and lower body, and have become the focus of increased attention over recent years because of their pivotal relationship with effective performance of other major muscle groups, and the way they provide a powerful foundation for effective achievement in many sports and other functional areas.  A weak core muscle group increases injury and illness risk as well as reduced functional ..
Hyperextensions are important for the lower back. Lee Priest, after a quiet couple of minutes exercise, offers more tips. You can also perform side oblique crunches, roman-chair-style crunches, and strength glutes and hamstrings with reverse hyperextensions. See it here:  Ironmaster Hypercore Attachment for Super Bench...
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