3 Bodyweight Strength Tactics

By on December 11, 2014

Lots of people struggle with the following simple to advanced bodyweight movements.

Push Ups
Handstand Push Ups
Pull Ups
Muscle Ups
Pistol Squats

If you happen to be someone who struggles with any one of the above movements or more, it shouldn’t have to be that way.

Instead, think about how after you get yourself STRONGER, you’ll be a TON better at each of these movements.

It’s 110% POSSIBLE.

And to help you with this, I’ve got a few of my best tips on how to improve your bodyweight strength and endurance so that you can IMPROVE on any type of bodyweight movement out there.
So let’s dig in.

#1 – STOP training To Failure

This tip I’ve talked about a LOT in the past because it’s super critical to your success with bodyweight strength and conditioning so I’ll hit on it again.

In short it’s about doing the opposite of what most people think you need to do which is “train to absolute failure” every single set.

You don’t need to do that to get stronger.

Instead, focus on QUALITY of reps VS. Quantity.
For example, lets say we have 3 sets of pull ups planned.
I’d rather have you do 6 solid “submax” rep sets of pull ups VS. doing 10 all out reps to failure in your first set then only being able to get 5 and 3 reps
in your next 2 sets.
Avoiding failure should be done 90-95% of the time unless you’re testing a movement out for a new PR or something like that.

#2 – Use The “Repeat Method” 

For this tip, it’s sort of like the “rest-pause” method of training when you’d do a few reps within a set, rest for a very short period of time then do a few more reps. 

This is an excellent way to increase volume of training without overdoing it. rippedbodyweight
For this to work you need to use the “avoiding failure” tip I talked about above into full effect. 
For example, I’ll use pull ups again: 

Lets say you have 3 sets of 10 pull ups to do.

Instead of struggling to 10 pull ups straight out, you’d simply break them  up into mini “Repeat Sets” within the main set.

So, you might do 5 reps then rest a few seconds. 

Then do 3 more reps, rest.

Then do 2 more reps and rest.

In the end, you’d still get to 10 total reps done, but without hitting total failure.

This method right here has helps dozens of my coaching clients and athletes go from 1-2 handstand push ups to being able to crank sets of 10+

It just takes time.

This brings me into the final tip I have for you which is…


When it comes to down to it, lots of people make the mistake of trying to go right to the highest progression of movement.

Take Handstand Push Ups for example.

People will try to hop up on the wall first thing and when they can’t get a single rep they give up and say their not strong enough. 
They quit. 

Instead, REGRESS back in progression and start from the ground up.

We all have to learn how to crawl before we walked right??

Same thing goes for all other bodyweight strength movements.

Before you hit a handstand push up, you’ve got to hit pike presses, and before pike presses, you got to hit push ups, ect.

Of course there’s always some freaks out there that can skip right over progressions, but for most of us we can’t do that.

For an example, let’s look at the progressions for Handstand Push Ups:

Push Up
Feet Elevated Push Up
Pike Press

Feet Elevated Pike Press
Handstand Holds
Partial Range of Motion Handstand Push Ups

Handstand Push Ups

Now, with those progressions being listed you might see in how it could be pretty tough to jump from barely being able to do regular push ups to HSPU, especially if you’ve never done one before.

You get me? 

So, there’s some solid tips for you to use within your training. bwbeastaggstrength3d
Use them to DOMINATE. 


PS – If you want to know exactly how I use the tips above + more within a progressively built system, you can get it all DONE-FOR-YOU within my Bodyweight BEAST Program.

In 4 weeks time I know you’ll be stronger, more explosive, and conditioned than you are today with your bodyweight skills.

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