How to Work on the Basic Elements of Bodyweight Exercise

Basics and fundamentals are important. Everyone says so. But, often it’s unclear what the specific basics of a movement or exercise actually are.

If you ask many people what “the basics” of training are, you’ll likely get a list of exercises and standards that are touted as fundamentals. And they are probably a fine group of exercises, but the true basics are more fundamental than even the simplest exercise.

In this post, we’ll be talking about what the basics are, why you should spend your time on them, and how to work on them effectively.

 

The basics

 

We emphasize bodyweight skill training at GMB, and the basics for our purposes involve appropriate amounts of:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Motor Control

And what is deemed appropriate for these elements will depend upon what you need to work on to improve whatever skills you’ve chosen to pursue.

 

What Are “the Basics”?

 

Starting with the root of the word basic, you’ll notice that it is “base.”

That’s what it’s all about. Everything we end up doing and working on has to come out of that base and foundation.

At its simplest, working on your basics, then, is what what you need to do to build a strong platform upon which you can build everything else. If it isn’t strong, then anything on top of it will cause it to crumble and give way.

And who wants that to happen?

With this in mind, you can figure out what the basics are for any movement or goal.

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