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    4 Pedestal Bodyweight Workouts on Men'sJournal.com

    We know how busy you are and how difficult it can be to find the time to train. That's why we put together four bodyweight workouts for Men's Journal that you can truly do anywhere. 

    You can see the article online HERE, or check out it below.

    Keep Crushing!

    #BuildYourBase

    Can You Handle These 4 Fast-Paced Bodyweight Workouts?

    If you want to look, feel, and perform better, consistency and variation are essential. That's why you should borrow movements from different sports and approaches as much as possible. For the workouts below, we've taken cues from strength coaches, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, and Muay Thai academies from around the world — all hardcore approaches to fitness where the goal is to get into peak physical shape. This approach is very much based around Tabata and HIIT training, which happens to pair well with the demands of each respective sport. (It doesn't hurt that it'll get you shredded, either.)

    In an effort to keep the rep schemes as simple as possible, below is a breakdown of how you should progress week to week with time on and time off for each movement as well as the amount of total rounds.

    • Week 1: 4-6 Rounds, 30 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest
    • Week 2: 4-6 rounds, 35 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest
    • Week 3: 5-7 rounds, 35 seconds of work, 15 seconds of rest
    • Week 4: 5-8 rounds, 40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest

    As you'll see in the demonstrations, we recommend (and prefer) to workout in minimal footwear, especially socks, which help us move more efficiently and feel more comfortable. That's up to you. Either way, let's get started!

     

    Football Inspired Bodyweight Workout
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    Football Inspired Bodyweight Workout

    For your first week of this tabata-style workout, you'll perform 4 to 6 rounds of each move for 30 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, before moving onto the next movement.

     

    Strength Coach Inspired Warm-up Workout
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    Strength Coach Inspired Warm-up Workout

    For your first week of this tabata-style workout, you'll perform 4 to 6 rounds of each move for 30 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, before moving onto the next movement.

     

    BJJ Inspired Workout
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    BJJ Inspired Workout

    For your first week of this tabata-style workout, you'll perform 4 to 6 rounds of each move for 30 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, before moving onto the next movement.

     

    Muay Thai Inspired Workout
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    Muay Thai Inspired Workout

    For your first week of this tabata-style workout, you'll perform 4 to 6 rounds of each move for 30 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, before moving onto the next movement.

    The Best Workout & Training Gear of 2017 from Men's Fitness

    Today, Men's Fitness honored us with the #1 Listing for the BEST Training Gear of 2017!

    "1. 2.0 socks by Pedestal

    Thank you to everyone who has supported our mission. You guys truly are the best!

    Ditch Your Shoes & Build Your Base

    Much Love Always,

    The Pedestal Guys

    Dr. Joel Seedman is "Blown Away" by Pedestal

    Dr. Joel has been called some interesting things lately because of some insight he shared regarding "ass to grass" squats and why often times they are unnecessary for athletic performance. To read more you can read Part 1 of his findings here: https://www.advancedhumanperformance.com/parallel-squats-versus-atg-squats-part-1/

    In 2015 Dr. Joel was kind enough to help us prepare a training protocol specific to different types of foot conditions that we continue to share with our customers today. Below, Joel describes why he loves Pedestals over other minimalist footwear;

    "As a researcher and advocate for barefoot/minimalist training, I was absolutely blown away by Pedestal Footwear’s products!!! Having tried nearly every barefoot design available on the market I am always a bit skeptical of any new line.  However, the products from Pedestal completely exceeded any and all expectations.  In fact this may be the first barefoot product that feels better than barefoot. 

     

    Whether it’s intense strength training, Olympic lifting, plyometrics, agility work, and even sport specific training, Pedestal’s products can’t be beat as the footwear is masterfully designed.  The fit is snug in the mid-foot in order to keep your feet from slipping in them yet roomy in the toes to allow proper toe spread and splay.  It really is the perfect balance.  

     

    The grippers on the sole are exactly what I need for my advanced athletes and lifters. You’ll be stunned at how incredibly secure your feet feel with no chance for slipping or sliding on any surface.  As an added bonus the footwear is near bulletproof able to withstand the demands of even the most intense training protocols.  

     

    Needless to say I recommend these to all my athletes and clients and I once you try them you’ll be hooked.  Thank you Pedestal Footwear for making such an incredible and versatile barefoot product."

    Thank you for reading and Keep Crushing!

    Much love,

    The Pedestal Guys

    The Glute Guy Smashes in his Pedestals

    Dr. Bret Contreras has created a surge in glute training across the strength and conditioning community and is responsible for some of the best bums out there. 

    We had the pleasure of crushing weights with him at the 2016 Fitness Summit and hear him speak about posterior chain training. He throws serious weight around with awesome technique and we are big fans of his work. 

    Bret was kind enough to share his experience with Pedestal with us:

    "I prefer to deadlift barefoot, but I don't like dirtying up my feet or quickly ruining my socks. Enter Pedestals - they're perfect for the job. They're durable, and they can be worn during warm-ups, deadlifts, jumping, or the entire training session for that matter. I support Pedastal Footwear's mission. 

    Bret Contreras PhD, CSCS"

    Thank you for visiting and Keep Crushing!

    In good health,

    The Pedestal Guys

    Back Bay Health Loves Their Pedestals

    (Pictured: Chi with the thumbs up, in the center Craig Liebenson, and Laura & Tim to the right from Back Bay Health)

    Back Bay Health is a leading Performance and Physical Therapy center here in Boston. BBH is lead by Tim and his wife Laura and they are always seeking ways to help their patients feel and function better.

    They recently attended a seminar with Craig Liebenson at Clientel 3 and Pedestals were the preferred footwear among the presenters and attendees. 

    Tim was kind enough to share a few words about why he enjoys working and training in his Pedestals:

    "I work in a private physical rehabilitation office where I need to dress semi-formally but also remain active. The Pedestal 2.0’s are great because they look sharp, they help grip the hardwood floors when demonstrating barefoot exercises and they don’t end up smelling rank at the end of the day. So it’s a win for me and a win for the patients."

    Thank you all for reading. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

    Keep Building Your Base!

    In good health,

    The Pedestal Guys