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As a bonus, a lot of these methods have the side benefit of dramatically improving your mind-muscle connection. Think of them as an investment in future gains. It helps stimulate growth, but I like it even more as a way to improve the mind-muscle connection.

See video. Push-Up: Hold the isometric in the mid-range or near the bottom position. Pull-Up Variations: Hold the peak contraction position. Start your set with the isometric hold. The hold should be anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds depending on how strong you are. On bodyweight squats, you could go up to 60 seconds, but most people should try a second hold with maximum tension. If you can get more than 12 reps, lengthen the hold, or slow down your reps.

The Hold Position: Make it as demanding as you can! This means creating as much tension as possible. That intent will greatly increase pectoral contraction. In a squat, try to "screw your feet into the floor" by attempting to externally rotate them, or "press the floor with the toes" and "tense the abs as if you were going to get punched in the stomach. That way, when you get back to lifting weights, these muscles will respond a lot better. For example: Hold the bottom position of a push-up for 10 seconds, then do 5 reps.

Hold the bottom position again for 10 seconds, then do 5 reps. Hold the bottom position once more for 10 seconds, then do as many reps as possible. You can play with the amount of time you spend on the holds. If you can get more than 12 total reps, lengthen the time of the holds.

You could do 20 seconds on the first one, 15 seconds on the second, and 10 seconds to finish. You can also design a progression model by varying the type of holds you do. First, everything I said earlier about maximizing tension in a hold and making it hard still applies We can vary the difficulty of a set by changing any of the following parameters: The number of holds: You can do one to three holds within each rep.

The length of each hold: We normally use three to six seconds per hold. Of course, longer is harder. Normally, the more holds there are in a rep, the shorter they are. We can build a hierarchy of difficulty for this category, from the easiest to the hardest: One hold on the eccentric Two holds on the eccentric One hold on the concentric Three holds on the eccentric One hold on the eccentric, one hold on the concentric Two holds on the eccentric, one hold on the concentric Two holds on the concentric One hold on the eccentric, two holds on the concentric Three holds on the concentric So you can progress either by doing more reps per set under the same conditions or by maintaining your number of reps while making the conditions harder.

Holds are one way to do that. The next few methods will focus on making a set more difficult by lengthening the duration of the eccentric phase of a movement or the concentric in some cases. Might as well start with the most excruciating one!

You start by doing a second long eccentric lowering phase, then immediately do 10 normal reps. Still control the eccentric on the normal reps — two seconds down is a good target. Is too easy for you? It might be on bodyweight squats. Just do 15 or 20 reps instead of Or for an even greater challenge, do this with Bulgarian split squats and see how your legs and pride feel after that!

In this method you start with slow eccentric or negative reps. Lower down in seconds per rep and go up normally. Do as many reps like that as you can. When 10 seconds start to feel like a dinner at the in-laws, you can speed things up and even use some momentum to try to get a few extra reps. It consists of alternating between slow and normal reps. You start by doing two slow reps, then do two fast reps, two more slow reps, two more fast reps, and so on.

If you can, either change the movement e. Bulgarian split squat instead of bodyweight squat or add weight holding a dog or a backpack loaded with books for example. You start by doing the full range of motion for the movement. The "easier" the exercise is for you i. At the most, you should be getting full-range reps with the slow tempo. When you reach a point close to failure, shorten the range of motion and continue doing partial reps until failure.

For these, the partials would be at the top of the range of motion. If you want to use the method for exercises where you can normally pump out plus reps — like push-ups or bodyweight squats — just start the set with a second hold like in our first method , then proceed with the regressive ROM set. First go to failure on an exercise ideally in 20 reps or fewer, so you might need to add resistance. Once you reach failure or close to it, rest around 10 seconds and do three more reps. Rest 10 seconds and do three reps.

Repeat until you either fail to get three reps in a mini-set or reach five mini-sets of three reps. Adding Resistance These methods will make the basic bodyweight movements a lot more demanding and more effective at triggering growth.

I already mentioned the loaded backpack method, which can be used on squats, split squats, chin-ups, and even push-ups and dips. On squats you can put it on your back or even hold it in front Zercher style, getting a bit more core and arm work in the process. Adding Band Work A simple and inexpensive way to improve a home workout is to buy exercise resistance bands. You can go with the looped ones or those with handles.

You can very effectively do curls, tricep pressdowns, lateral raises, front raises, shoulder presses, and straight-arm pulldowns with bands. You can also use them to make push-ups, squats, and split squats harder. The Obstacles and How to Beat Them I see two problems with at-home training using bodyweight exercises.

Both are psychological issues. First, the proximity factor. It actually requires more discipline to train at home than to go to the gym. At home, you can do it any time. We love lifting weights, seeing the loads increase, and the feeling of heavy resistance on our body. I get it. But I learned to appreciate proper bodyweight training when I started doing a lot of international seminars.

Traveling on a tight schedule and presenting makes it hard to find a gym and take the time to go train. I started doing hotel bodyweight workouts as well as using resistance bands which allowed me to keep muscle mass intact when traveling.


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