Yes, you read that right. Although I’m always preaching about functional strength and focusing on the quality of movement, I think there is a time and place for bodybuilding type training. But not for the kind of reasons you might think.
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Admit it: You love to read lists of exercises with lots of numbers in front of them. Maybe you even like to write them down in your notebook, put them in your calendar or bookmark them in your browser. But with all the best intentions, you’re probably still doing it wrong.
Most calisthenics exercises require mobility that is above average. Besides that, having stellar mobility ensures that you can actually use all that strength you acquired during your training. But which mobility drills are the right ones for you? What’s the best mobility routine?
Because you’re reading this first paragraph after seeing the ridiculous headline, I’m assuming you’re familiar with internet fitness terms. That indicates that you’ve come across multiple fitness blogs, videos or photos (and if I’m your first, I’ll try to be extra gentle).
The dragon flag is a skill that I’ve been trying to perfect for some time now. This is my favorite exercise for rock-hard abs. I often get the question “So, what’s a good exercise to get a six pack?” My answer is usually this: 5 sets of eat-less-crap and progressing to be able to do a dragon flag.
Besides the aesthetic aspects, learning this move will give you incredible core strength that has lots of carry-over to other movements that involve core stability (which is basically almost every bodyweight exercise). And Bruce Lee did it, ’nuff said.
If you want to tap into the secret of Bruce Lee’s powerful abs, read on.
I decided to do a little experiment. Because I’m such a huge fitness geek, I read a ton of books about strength training and fitness. I thought it might be of value if I shared my thoughts on these books and give you a little bit of inspiration. This will probably be a monthly thing.
This month’s pick is Zach Even-Esh’s Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.
This article is an homage to one of my favorite websites, NerdFitness.com. Its creator, Steve Kamb, is one of my heroes and a huge inspirational force behind my decision to take on fitness blogging. Enjoy.
If you are an eager Nerd Fitness reader who puts words into action instead of collecting underpants, you might already have many of your health issues figured out.
In the best of cases, you already are doing regular resistance training, even if you are a woman. You’ve got your diet pretty much in check and know how to cook healthy, homemade meals instead of eating out or buying processed crap. You are a pretty active nerd who walks a lot and takes the stairs instead of the elevator.
Yet, the singular actions we take – like working out 3-4 times a week – might not be enough to counter all the daily sitting.
With this article, I’m giving you a handy guide to making the most of your office situation.