I don’t know how to introduce this article. It’s 8:32 in the morning and I’m still half asleep. All I know is that I need to write something that sums up exactly what you should be looking for in a bodyweight suspension training program.
So lets just dive right into the 4 basic principles of a good Bodyweight Suspension Training program:
1 – The Learning Curve Must be Short
I don’t like spending a lot of time on technique. However, I do believe that if you do not have your form down, you should not incorporate that movement into your workouts. Keep working on it during your warmup until you get it right.
With that said, if a training program incorporates TOO MANY complicated, multidimensional movements that are difficult to perform, it can get discouraging. And if you’re discouraged you will not stick to the program.
2 – It Must be Intense
I’m a fan of short, intense workouts because they work. I don’t preach things just for the sake of preaching things. I’m an average joe. I don’t have time to spend 2 hours a day in the gym. Even if I did, I wouldn’t!
But it all just goes back to focusing on workouts that you’ll stick to. And if you’re challenged, you’re that much more likely to stick to a workout. It’s as simple as that. So, make sure that the suspension program that you choose is challenging and intense.
3 – It Must be Cheap
What’s cheap is different from person to person. For some people, $122 is cheap. For others, $12 is cheap. But one thing I’ve learned from life is that when you pay for a bargain service or product…that’s what you get.
I want to pay for QUALITY. With that said, pay for quality. Do adequate research on the suspension training system you choose. It’s actually VERY easy to develop your own suspension trainer at home for very cheap.
Here’s just ONE method:
4 – It Must be Progressive
Once you get really good at a program – usually after 3-4 weeks – the question remains…now what? Most people don’t know how to make their programs consistently harder. So a good program must provide variations of the basic movement, making them more complex as the individual progresses.
Put the Principles to the Test
This article would not be complete without a program recommendation. So here it goes: I choose…TacFit Rope
Easy to Learn Movements
The movements presented to you in the TacFit Rope program are relatively easy to learn. They are taught in excruciating detail by creator Scott Sonnon using video, not just a bunch pictures and descriptions.
Intense Training Protocol
TacFit Rope uses that Tabata protocol in designing it’s programs. So you’re doing 20 seconds of each exercise, followed by a 10 second rest. Repeat 7 times for a total of 8 rounds. That’s 4 minutes per exercise!
Cheap and Simple Construction
The video you saw earlier was from Adam Steer, a disciple of Scott Sonnon. You can also use Coach Sonnon’s method of using one single piece of rope to construct your suspension trainer. Or, you can use Martial Arts Belts:
There are 3 levels of training in TacFit Rope: Recruit, Grunt, and Commando. Each level involves more and more difficult movements which add on to the one before. So you must master the recruit level before moving onto Grunt and Commando.
I always try to make things as simple as possible, and that is why I love TacFit Rope. Suspension training literally SHOCKS you muscles into growth. It makes muscle building with bodyweight training POSSIBLE.
If you’re tired of basic pushups and pullups, then give TacFit Rope a try. Click here for more information.
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