This is Adam Steer of Bodyweight Burn.
Rick asked me if I could share the #1 bodyweight exercise that everyone should do.
Before I get to it, let me give you a little background.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one bodyweight exercise with you, what would it be?
Ok yeah, I know that’s a pretty dumb scenario because you could take them ALL—you can do any bodyweight exercise you want, wherever you want.
But some are clearly better than others.
My desert island exercise of choice would NOT be one of the usual suspects—you know, stuff like push ups, sit ups, crunches, lunges. The ones you’ve probably heard of and seen a thousand times before.
They’re all great moves, but they don’t use the FULL potential of bodyweight training.
If I could only do ONE bodyweight exercise, it’d be an exercise that incorporates the most essential strengths of this powerful training modality: coordination, timing and range of motion.
These are all key attributes that the bench press just can’t give you to the same degree.
You get a bit closer to them with a movement like the push up, because you have to add a lot more core stabilization to do it right.
But if you want to take your bodyweight game to an entirely new level, try STINGER PUSH UPS:
Here’s how to do the exercise…
Begin on all fours, with your weight evenly distributed between your hands and feet. Keep your shoulders pulled down away from your ears, and maintain a straight line from crown to heels.
Lift one foot off the ground and drive it across your body underneath. The leg does not have to reach full extension. Turn your head to face the same direction as you lower your chest to the mat and then press back up. Return the leg to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
The Stinger Push Up is a great example of how you can use bodyweight training to add timing, coordination and deeper ranges of motion to link your strength and conditioning into real world movement patterns.
And that’s what allows you to transfer the results of your training to sport, leisure and everyday life. Your training isn’t just for looks anymore. It also boosts your performance and helps you avoid injury.
Give the Stinger Push Up a try today!
If you like Stinger Push Up, you can check out Bodyweight Burn which is full of exercises like this: