I vary my workouts as much as possible. There are two reasons for this. 1) It’s good to consistently confuse your muscles and maintain a variety of motion in your movements. 2) I like to be ready for whatever sport or game may come my way—climbing, hiking, surfing, baseball, racquetball, takraw or whatever.

As much as I love lifting weights, my favorite exercises are bodyweight exercises. We all know these old school exercises like push-ups, crunches, pull-ups, dips, air squats and a bunch of others. These exercises are great.  They require minimal equipment and when done properly, they really give you results.

If you don’t believe me, just take a look at a male gymnast whose main event has something to do with throwing his own bodyweight around. How about those guys who compete in the rings. They are cut up like crazy, and it all comes from bodyweight exercises and movements.

I spent a year and a half living in a small city in Taiwan. The one gym in town was terrible. Luckily for me I lived three minutes from a huge park where they had an abundant amount of pull-up bars and other various bar contraptions that the Taiwanese used for stretching. It was all I needed to maintain the gains I made in the gym the year before when I lived in Thailand.

As you can tell, it is nice to have a few pieces of equipment to increase the variety of bodyweight exercises you can do. Pretty soon I’ll be reviewing a few pieces of high value that I really like. I think you’ll like them too.

Until then….