Mastering Your Bodyweight


The fitness industry in the 21st century is planted with individuals who have claimed to have successfully determined the secrets of the human body. Their research is then transcribed to the general public in the form of ‘trends’ and ‘evidence’ on what an individual must do in order to achieve superhuman status. However, being strong isn’t determined by how much you can ‘squat’, ‘deadlift’ or ‘bench’ but rather how well you can “Master Your Bodyweight”.


Do you ever wonder how elite athletes perform superhuman feats of strength like ‘one arm pushups’ and ‘human flags’? A prime example would be Bruce Lee’s demonstration at the long beach festival in 1964. However, at the current stage of where the fitness industry is located curious individuals like myself arrive at two options. Fatiguing your muscles with weights or steroids. Nonetheless, people’s misconceptions on feats of strength must be addressed, which is why such fake information exists out there.


Mastering your bodyweight would imply an individual who is able to control their bodyweight and direct it towards achieving certain difficult feats of strength like Human Flags and One Arm Pushups. However, there is more than one use to the term “Mastering Your Bodyweight” it is also a highly efficient tool to measure the progress of an athlete. For example, a beginner will be execute 1-2 repetition of a pull-up, while an intermediate individual would be able to execute 5-10 Repitions and so on. As the athlete practices the exercises more and more keeping Repitions and form in mind so will there level of strength in mastering their bodyweight. This form of training can also help an athlete in breaking down the skill required to successfully execute the exercise. For example a dragon flag demands excellent muscle coordination in the entire body to be able to maintain the correct form of the exercise.


Achieving this level of strength


The basic exercises every athlete must master are

  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Squats
  • Dips
  • Planks


The reason behind this methodology is the dire need for an individual to build up a basic foundation of strength to work with. If you decide to employ this form of training in your workouts it is important to remember that the focus must be on form and practice rather than fatigue. This involves treating every workout as a practice session rather than an actual workout.


Happy Repping!