Bodyweight Lovin'

It is easy to get caught up in the glow of weight talk.  No, not how much you've lost or gained -- I am talking about how much is on the bar.  Even for the CrossFitter who proudly promotes "constantly varied" movements, it isn't uncommon to see weights become a priority in lieu of bodyweight movement progressions.  But instead of choosing which to train, why not train both!

Training your squats, press, or bench?  What about your, push-ups, handstand push-ups, squats, lunges?  The second group of movements are more than warm up movements, they are the building blocks to functional strength and require their own attention.  Specific goals for each movement create a way to track progress.  And if you aren't tracking your progress, there's no way to determine whether you are training effectively or just moving for movement sake.   

Body weight movements ain't just for babies.

Body weight movements ain't just for babies.

On the cover, big weights are glamorous.  But just like any magazine - the pages inside are what you are buying.  Creating balanced training goals will establish both a great foundation as well as big numbers on the bar.  Besides, today's simple movements lead to tomorrow's bad-assery (...muscle ups anyone?).