It's OK to admit it: We've all used the excuse of traveling and/or not having accessible equipment to skip a workout.
And while it's not the end of the world if you skip a training session on a rare occasion, being unable to find a weight room shouldn't ever be a reason because your bodyweight can be the only resistance you need to build some muscle -- even for advanced lifters.
Bodyweight exercises sometimes can have the rap of being too easy to perform, but not everyone can do a basic pushup or squat properly. And the great thing about them is that bodyweight exercises are easily modified.
"There are four ways to modify bodyweight exercises to make them harder or easier depending on your (training) level," strength coach Nick Tumminello says. "Number one is to change the range of motion. If you want to make it harder, increase the range, if you want to make it easier, you shorten the range."
So, for example, if you are having trouble with the depth of your squats, you can start to squat deeper as you progress to make them more difficult.
"Change the lever arm ... by shortening the lever arm it makes it easier. How would you shorten the lever arm (for pushups)? You would put your hands up on the side of your couch or side of your bed or something like that," Tumminello says.Full Story >>