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    Welcome to Bodyweight Basics. My name is John Wood, and I have lifted weights my whole life. That's me on the right with a 140 lb. dumbbell that I just lifted overhead.

    I thought I knew it all when it came to strength training, but after a unique experience with a "God" and a Zen Master I realized that there was an incredibly valuable part of training that I had been overlooking for far too long.

    What I'm talking about is: training with nothing more than your own bodyweight.

    Sure, bodyweight exercises might seem simple. In fact, I had always thought that they were too simple to be of any use to me, but I learned that you have to do them right. Bodyweight exercises could be all that you ever need to do to build incredible strength. Before I go into how this is possible, there is something important that I have to tell you:
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    John Wood

    Most Things You Have Ever Been Told
    About Strength Training Are WRONG

    Let's cut right to the chase - you've probably been told a lot of things about what it takes to "get strong" but chances most of them are all wrong...

    I'm talking about things like: "you need a gym membership"..."you need lots of equipment"..."you need a personal trainer"..."you need to lift heavy weights"... "you need to spend hours in the weight room"..."you need to 'isolate' your muscles"..."you can't enjoy your training"..."you can't build strength, flexibility and conditioning in the same workout"...These ideas are all wrong!

    The reason I can say that all of these things are "wrong" is because there are MANY ways to get stronger...The more training techniques that you know, the greater potential for your success.

    Lost Secrets?

    Are there really training "Secrets?" Perhaps -- or perhaps not -- depending on your definition of what a "secret" might be... but there ARE unquestionably such things as "the right way" to train and "the wrong way" to train. Since many people have never been shown the difference, their end result is a waste of time, and not health, strength, and vitality.

    Of course, many "secrets" are very well known, yet far too many people still ignore them. I believe that bodyweight training is a perfect example of this. Never forget that "secrets" or not, you still have to put the time, effort and energy into your training. All the effort in the world doesn't mean much if it isn't applied correctly. That's exactly where we come in, to show you what to do and exactly how to do it.

    What Bodyweight Training Can Do For You:

    The great thing about bodyweight training is that regardless of age, strength, or experience level, everyone can do it - and everyone can benefit from it. It doesn't matter if you are a top-level athlete looking to sharpen your edge, a 300 lb. couch potato who hasn't done a pushup since high school or anybody in between. Bodyweight training can help you get results.

    There is a very good chance that you have little time to train, but still want to keep in good shape. With bodyweight training, you can get in a great workout wherever you are - in 20 minutes or less! No more having to waste time going to the gym.

    Or maybe you are someone who has been through the "wars" of heavy weight lifting, and needs another alternative. You sure aren't alone, heavy weight lifting is a contributing factor in many sore backs, knees, and shoulders.

    In fact, many people have reported that they feel stronger than ever after dropping weights altogether in favor of bodyweight training.

    You can, however, still combine weights and bodyweight training very effectively. I know because I've done it...and that is something I will discuss frequently in my daily tips. I feel that even as little as 10 minutes of different bodyweight movements at the end of a workout will work wonders for your overall strength and flexibility; bodyweight movements can hit muscles you didn't even know you had.

    While it is true that you have to use weights to build a specific "kind" of strength, you can become incredibly strong with nothing more than your own bodyweight...and there are few athletes, even at the highest levels, who have mastered their own bodyweight.

    There are even plenty of folks who have abandoned all other kinds of training altogether and focus on nothing but bodyweight movements. Regardless of what situation you are in, there is a form of bodyweight training which can help you be the best you can be.
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    Bodyweight Basics Bodyweight training exercises go back thousands of years. They were often the chosen training methods of warriors.

    I'm talking about the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Indian Wrestlers, Shaolin Monks - you name it, they all used bodyweight exercises in their training... for the same reasons that every branch of the military still does today:

    #1. Bodyweight training can be done anywhere.
    #2. Bodyweight training works!
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    Of course, also keep in mind that bodyweight training has taken a number of different forms throughout the centuries: yoga, calisthenics, muscle control, rope climbing, breathing exercises, isometrics, gymnastics, hand balancing, and many more. You will find information on all of these topics in our Training Products Section. Bodyweight Basics

    Two Things to Get You Started

    If you have read this far it means that you are truly serious about starting a bodyweight training routine. I congratulate you because this means you have a greater chance of success - but we aren't all the way there yet.

    There are two things you need to do to get started:

    First, I want you to sign up for my daily training tips in the box on the right. Everyone runs faster when the coach is watching, and this is a great chance to learn all kinds of interesting information from me. I have a lot of things to share with you, like new exercises, different kinds of workout routines, new product announcements and much more, so be sure to get signed up right away.

    Second, I want you to Bookmark this page.

    Train hard,
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    P.S. One more thing - if you have a training question you can ask it right here.

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