It’s always fun to take a sledge hammer to popular myths. We’ve done it before with 6 Female Strength Training Myths that Won’t Die.
Today, we’re gonna shatter some common bodyweight exercise and workout myths.
Loosen up your arm and let’s start swingin’!
Myth #1 – You Can’t Get Strong With Bodyweight Exercises
Yes, you can get crazy strong with bodyweight exercises. But please keep in mind the rule of specificity. There’s a difference between getting strong on the powerlifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift) and being able to perform advanced bodyweight exercises such as pistols and handstand push-ups. The term “strength” is relative and we must keep things in context.
Will you become a world record powerlifter using nothing but bodyweight exercises? No, of course not.
Can you constantly challenge yourself, increase your strength, and accomplish great physical feats with bodyweight exercises? Of course.
There’s no arguing that an individual who can perform L sit pull-ups, one arm push-ups, pistols, handstand push-ups, and other advanced bodyweight exercises is strong.
I recommend moonwalking after completing a set of handstand push-ups, but the choice is yours
Building strength with bodyweight exercises is a huge plus for trainees who can’t perform heavy barbell lifts. Whether it’s due to a lack of equipment or, as was my case for a long time, due to an injury. I tweaked my back over a year ago and I couldn’t squat, deadlift, or press a barbell without being in pain.
But, I still wanted to be strong.
My solution? Focus on what I COULD do – and that was bodyweight exercises.