Monday, November 18, 2013

Take The Pledge

This week is Bullying Awareness Week. Take the pledge this week and every week.

London Shido-kan Karate Dojo supports anti-bullying strategies and practises.

Friendship - Cooperation -Fitness and RESPECT


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Push-up Variations

Push-ups can be boring - but they're excellent for strength and conditioning. The great thing about push-ups is that you can take them wherever you go - no equipment (other than you ) is necessary.

The following video from Strength Camp features some variations of the old standard exercise.



With the holidays coming, perhaps we should call December push-up month at

London Shido-kan Karate Dojo

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Playground Workouts

This is the video that originally got me interested in focusing more bodyweight training- the guy is still the original in my books. Many have come along after him.


At London Shido-kan Karate Dojo we employ  bodyweight training as well as traditional weight training for improving strength and function.



Exercise for subway tokens

Neat concept!


Friday, November 8, 2013

More great bodyweight training

Good morning

As I've said in other posts - while I enjoy lifting weights in the traditional sense - I really love doing exercises that employ one's own bodyweight.
This means that you need little or no equipment other than maybe a mat and a pull-up bar. You also don't need a ton of space to perform the exercises in.

Watch the link below first, then decide if you need to tailor it for your needs. You don't have to perform 50 repetitions of each exercise right off- start with as few as 10 if you like. Also if there is a movement that you're not able to perform without discomfort, simply drop that one and double-up on one that you like. The clip is called an MMA workout but is obviously not exclusive to those involved in mixed martial arts- or any martial art for that matter.

Have some fun with the routine. Time yourself the first time that you do it, and either add more repetitions to each exercise, or try to improve your time for the same numbers. Setting small short-term goals really helps to keep working out more interesting and motivating.



*if you any doubts about your ability to perform this or any other exercise program- or if you have sustained any type of injury- particularly in the back or neck region- contact your physician or qualified physio-therapist to receive medical clearance before attempting this exercise.

Bodyweight 500 by Funk Roberts

Have a great weekend!

Larry