-Nothin’ Beats Bodyweight Training!-
I am a BIG proponent of bodyweight training! Why? Well, first off, you must be able to perform movements with your bodyweight itself prior to adding resistance (in the form of dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, etc). Here I am doing pullups and hanging leg raises. Yes, i’m kinda a monkey! 😉 I WAS a gymnast, after all. Let me tell ya, I haven’t been spending a lot of time doing hanging exercises lately. On this particular day, I remember the most noticeable thing was that of my grip strength. Since i’ve been training with kettlebells, it has most definitely improved! I was able to hang on tight, and go to fatigue on both movements you see here. I was able to eke out five pullups on the first round, and three on the second…which doesn’t surprise me, because I haven’t really been doin’ em, lol…BUT…I used to be able to do sets of 10-12. My lats were SO sore after this day!
Make note of my range of motion on both exercises. I don’t cheat on the pullups – I lower myself back down all the way. My hanging leg raises are nice and stable – i’m not swinging my legs. 🙂