Bodyweight Training and Results – Moving on to Phase 4
Over the years, while my weight has been yo-yo’ing up and down, I have tried various scenarios versions of cardio with at times a weight lifting program. However, each and every time I remember never seeing the results that I thought I should have been getting. Part of that of course it that much of those gains I was getting were covered by that layer of fat that I have never been able to get rid of (until I truly discovered calorie restriction). The other reason was that I don’t think I ever really knew how to properly train with weights.
For example, I do not think I was ever going heavy enough to really test my muscles and force them to grow. Sure, it always felt difficult but probably was never enough. In addition, the programs I was putting together were never very scientific nor based on research. In other words, they were not targeted at getting me the results I was looking for. Instead that had me doing the traditional bicep curls, tricep extensions, and other muscle isolation exercises. These types of exercises have never provided me with much of a benefit.
Bodyweight Training and Success
This week I hit a milestone in my training. I successfully completed the first 3 phases of the Turbulence Training Bodyweight Turbulence Training 6-month program. This progressive program has taken me through a series of well-thought out and effective routines using only my own bodyweight, a stability ball, and a medicine ball (although you don’t totally need this). Next week I will be moving on to phase 4 and I can honestly say that I am starting to see some definition in my stomach. In other words, there are abs starting to peek through! I had to read that again as I wrote it because to me it is still unbelievable. I never thought I would ever be able to see abs.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of work to do. I still have a layer of fat that I need to get rid of. I also have some lower belly fat that seems to be very stubborn. My strategy for that is to simply continue on with calorie restriction, use Daily Burn to meticulously track my calories, and stick with the bodyweight exercise program and I suspect it will start to disappear. If the past results are any indication then this WILL happen over time. It just takes patience and hard work.
Without trying to be too pushy, if you are willing to work hard and see results then bodyweight training might be the thing that changes it all for you like it did for me.