You don’t have time to workout. You don’t have any equipment to workout with (except a pullup bar, of course. Or at least something to hang from). But you want to be bigger, stronger, and more powerful. Maybe you just want to look better. Maybe you just want to perform better.
Regardless of your reason to get bigger – you want to get bigger. Fine. I can show you how to get bigger with bodyweight exercises. In fact, just yesterday as I was walking into my house after an intense workout, my neighbor looked at me and said, “Gettin’ big. Seems like those workouts are working for you.”
The best measure of progress is when OTHER people notice what you’re doing. So, I’m going to share with you today exactly what I do and how I do it. I personally have a pretty decent home gym – barbells, a pair of kettlebells, a dumbbell, a medicine ball, resistance bands, and a jump rope.
But, I still use 75% bodyweight training to improve my strength, athletic performance, and increase lean muscle mass. My bodyweight training game changed after I began talking with Mike Thiga, author of “The Muscle Experiment” a bodyweight-only muscle building workout.
I caught up with Mike to ask him a few questions about his eBook, and about muscle building in general. I learned a great deal from talking to Mike, and I’m sure you’ll learn a few lessons too:
Parth: So, Mike. What exactly is the Muscle Experiment?
So I decided to get into bodyweight training
Parth: That’s really cool that you were able to overcome your genetic abilities and pack on so much muscle mass. I feel this is a huge problem with hardgainers – they don’t seem to know how to get past their genetic abilities. And because they walk into the gym so skinny, no one wants to help them. So I congratulate you on that. But on top of that, any other specific benefits to packing on muscle mass with bodyweight exercise alone?
1. You’ll save time and money – You’ll save money by not having to pay for gym memberships or personal trainers. You’ll save time, because bodyweight exercises can literally be done anywhere and so you don’t have travel around.
2. Enhanced physical functionality – Bodyweight training works the body in its natural lines of motion. Unlike the typical up-down movements that gym machines provide, bodyweight exercises work the muscles in all possible planes of motion, and therefore making you more fit, agile and muscular.
3. Greater Muscle stimulation
Parth: There are tons of great muscle building programs out there. They all promise exactly what you’re promising. What makes the Muscle Experiment so different from all the rest?
Parth: True. I didn’t have access to a gym growing up either. I wish your program was around back then. Anyways, going through the eBook, I noticed you spend a lot of time on nutrition. Could you briefly explain your nutritional philosophy?
Mike: I like to use the analogy of building a house: You see, if you want to build a small house, then you’ll need just a few bricks. But if you want to build a massive house, you’ll need a ton of bricks. When building muscle
Parth: Women usually don’t think about muscle building. I personally love a woman with a little bit of strength and muscle on her frame, but maybe that’s just me. If a woman were to ask me which is the best muscle building program for her, why should recommend the Muscle Experiment?
Parth: You have a great 6-Month beginner program. But what about advanced trainees who’ve been training with their bodyweight for quite some time?
Mike: bodyweight exercises
Parth: In one of your reports, you state that burpees are not a good mass building exercise. The movement activates a lot of muscle fibers, so why isn’t good in a mass building plan?
Parth: Interesting. So where did you learn about bodyweight training? What’s your background?
Mike: I learned a lot about bodyweight training
I also did some of my own research, trying to see exactly how people of ancient times used to train before weightlifting came around. And after gathering all the data, I began to apply it for myself and see what worked and what didn’t. And the results were simply amazing.
As for my background, I am not a fitness “guru” or anything like that. I’m actually a graphic designer by profession who just happens to have an incredible love for bodyweight training.
Parth: Same here! So, most muscle building plans tell you not to do any cardio. Although I still feel that training the heart is important. What are your thoughts on cardio?
Parth: Ok, I can see this program being great for average guys who just want to get bigger. But what about people who want to achieve bodybuilder-like mass?
Mike: As we speak, I’m currently moving past the 200lb mark, using the very samebodyweight training methods I teach in my book. My initial goal was to hit the 180lb mark which I did, and now that I’ve seen the possibilities and learned so much more, I have all the tools to achieve that massive physique.
Therefore my personal definition of “bodybuilder like mass” would be having a muscular bodyweight of between 200 pounds to 220 pounds. And yes, you CAN pass the 200lb mark using bodyweight training techniques, and especially is you follow the anabolic/catabolic and training protocols given in the book. That’s for sure.
Parth: Wow. That’s some hardcore muscle there. I will definitely be telling my bodybuilder friends about your program. Glad to speak to you Mike!
Mike: Been a pleasure.
PS – On the next page, you’ll learn more about Mike’s program…