With the newfound popularity of bodyweight training, many people are starting to look into different methods to improve strength and conditioning through only calisthenic exercises.
Calisthenics, for those that do not know if the act of training with movements that require your bodyweight-only, although this includes exercises that are traditional to strength like pull-ups, dips, lunges – etc.
In this way, bodyweight training could be classified as the most comprehensive style of fitness. Think about it; you have every gymnastic exercise, every pilates exercise, every yoga exercise – the list goes on.
When it comes to developing a strong and sexy core many people will use a pull-up bar or go straight to the ground for some leg raises – but did you know that the bench can be a very effective tool?
The bench is a unique piece of equipment that will help you to best isolate the core muscles. Why? There are two main reasons why a bench is great for developing solid core strength.
Although it is traditional to strength training to grab a barbell, the benefits of training with a cable machine are immense. Many people seem to forget that a cable machine is a versatile tool in the realm of fitness.
Whether you want to train your upper body, lower body or connect the two into complex movements for whole-body strength – the cable machine truly is your most functional tool.
We’d go as far as saying if you don’t have functional cable machine exercises in your current exercise program you could be missing out on a secret link to strength and conditioning.
Your diet can take you pretty far, but the more you strength train the more you will realize that there are some supplements you can take to increase performance and boost strength.
This is not cheating in any sense, (we’re not talking about anabolic steroids) we are simply talking about supplements that are all natural – most of which are already produced by the body or obtained in your diet but can be supplemented in higher doses to stimulate faster and more concentrated results.
Why Supplements Are Important
It is important to understand that not all supplements are essential. The name states exactly that – they are supplemental to your health. You do not NEED to have them in your diet, but if your goal is to increase performance and train harder at higher intensities, some supplements can help.
Supplements become important for those that need to recover faster, overload muscles for a specific competition or even load muscles with energy for a race.
With that said, the average Joe who is training for better body composition or strength will do just fine eating a whole-food diet.
Legs are the largest and most powerful muscles in the human body. They have deep muscle bellies and adapt well to both cardiovascular conditioning and power training. When it comes to strength training or powerlifting you will find it very difficult to excel without strong, stable and balanced leg power.
Think about the amount of strength required to pick 500-600 pounds off the ground. You need to have balanced strength from your feet to your hands – any broken link will cause weakness and an insufficient lift. This is why we recommend building your legs for power and strength.