Essential Bodyweight Exercises and Diet Choices

I have talked a good deal on the subject of body weight exercise. I am a big fan of this type of exercise because of its efficiency, ease of use (you always have your body with you) and effectiveness. There are some tools out there that assist with bodyweight exercises such as the basic pull up bar to the TRX suspension trainer, which allows you to greatly increase the number of possible exercises.

In this post, I will discuss some of the essential bodyweight exercises along with any ancillary equipment that may be needed. I also want to touch on eating after your training session because it is an essential part of training. Actually, it goes hand in hand with your workouts. We all need to realize this in order to get the most out of our exercise efforts.

My list of essential bodyweight exercises includes push-ups, pull-ups and chin-ups, dips, squats, lunges, the plank, and crunches. I view these as an essential group because they hit about every major muscle group in the body. They are also easily learned and performed by people of all ages. Further, they lead to more variations that can be performed using simple equipment like the TRX suspension trainer which I will discuss shortly.

It is important that you learn to do these exercises correctly and in good form. Having someone watch you do the exercises, who is familiar with the proper form already, is the best way to quickly obtain feedback and perfect your form. There are numerous videos produced by professional trainers available on sites like YouTube that will show you the proper form for each bodyweight exercise I have mentioned.

I also want to mention that range of motion exercises, such as the bear crawl, should also be incorporated into your routine to keep you limber. Depending on how intensely you perform range of motion exercises, they can also be quite challenging as a workout.

Once you have mastered the basic bodyweight exercises you may want to add some variety in to fight off boredom or to provide muscle confusion. This is where a tool like the TRX suspension trainer comes in handy. I talk about this tool in depth in my TRX reviews and in several other posts because I have found it to be a great value. You will also see this tool being utilized at gyms and health clubs across the country and the world. There is a reason for this. It is a good tool for beginners to advanced athletes.

Another piece in your fitness quest is diet. The importance of your diet is equal to, if not even greater than, your training regimen. This is because the food you put in your body will affect how well you recover from your workout and how prepared you are for your next workout. There are also numerous mental benefits to a healthy diet and a whole branch of health focused on the power of food to heal and protect.

While I write on diets from across the world here, I practice one diet that has gained great popularity in the past decade. This is the paleo diet. I have put a lot of good information on this diet in my paleo recipes review page. I believe that having a paleo diet cookbook helps people create paleo recipes that will keep them satisfied on this diet. A diet should not be torture, and we should always enjoy the foods we are using to fuel the body. If you are not sure what the paleo diet is then you should have a look at my about the paleo diet information page. That is a good place to start learning about the paleo diet, or as it is also known, the caveman diet, the hunter-gatherer diet, the Neolithic diet, or the Paleolithic diet.

If you are not familiar with the basic bodyweight exercises I mention here, then take my suggestion and Google some videos on them and have a friend help you learn the proper form. Also, pay attention to your diet. No matter if you choose to follow a vegetarian, vegan, paleo diet or some other diet form, you should be knowledgeable about the food you put into your body and how it affects your training.