Insane Bodyweight Workout to Make you a Better Athlete: By Prath Shah


Bodyweight training is the perfect choice for athletes. Most sports require you to be fast, strong, and powerful. Heavy weight lifting makes an athlete slow and bulky. However, bodyweight training teaches an athlete to better control his or her own bodyweight for better performance.

When I was lifting heavy using bodybuilder workouts the biggest problem was that I would gas out quickly. My sport is Karate. So during sparring (practice fighting) sessions, I may have been bigger and stronger than my opponents, but I would get tired really quickly.

Hence, my opponents would just dodge my slow punches until I was tired, then hit me with everything they got. That’s how I lost a lot of sparring fights. The day I gave up on bodybuilder workouts, I started reading into the way Indian Wrestlers used to train.

Hindu Squats and Pushups

The two common exercises used by these magnificent ancient wrestlers are the Hindu Pushup and Hindu Squat, made popular by Matt Furey. Honestly, I don’t think these exercises are the BEST bodyweight exercises out there. They are simply two variations out of hundreds of different bodyweight movements.

However, just by replacing these two movements with all my heavy weight training gave me some great results. I already had the bulk, now it was time to teach myself how to move the bulk (my own body). The workouts I used were very basic.

It’s time to peer into my old training diaries and show you a sample of the primitive, but powerful stuff I used to do.

(Before I continue, let me just state that I have shared my old workouts in the past. I used to do a lot of stuff, but this particular post revolves around Hindu Squats and HinduPushups and their relationship to improving my Karate training.)

Back to what I was saying before: I stuck to mostly density training, which is something I shared with you a few days a go. However, my density workouts were much shorter, since my conditioning was very poor.

The Poorly Designed but Powerful Workout

So, instead of using 15-20 minute time intervals, I was using 5 minutes intervals, with around 1-2 minute breaks. So here is what a sample workout would look like:

5 minutes of:

  • 5 Hindu Pushups
  • 10 Hindu Squats

I would alternate between these exercises for 5 minutes straight through, and decided if I could do anymore. A lot of what I was doing before was extremely random. I didn’t even know about the terminology “density” training. It was just training to me.

But…it worked! I was moving faster and lasting longer on the mat. I even started winning some fights. Some of the kids started getting scare of fighting me since now I was not just a bulky guy, but a bulky guy who could move!

Take Home Point

Now, how can you take what I used to do to your own sport? Well, the simple answer is take a look at how you move in your sport. Karate involves a lot of high intensity techniques for a short period of time (such as a barrage of punches) followed by a short rest period (where you’re just bouncing on the mat and blocking your opponents attacks).

Hence, interval and density workouts were perfect for Karate training. But, you may need a different method of training for your particular sport. Keep experimenting, but if you need some great high intensity bodyweight workouts, be sure to check out the Ultimate Gymless Workout.

Tags: athletic training, Bodyweight Training, bodyweight workouts, high intensity workout, karate



About the Author

Parth Shah is an average joe who’s tired of all the nonsense he sees in mainstream health and fitness media. His thoughts, ideas, and philosophy can be found on his website, (Feed –



Circuit Training………….I’m on it!







Hello there!!!! I have been doing really well this week (yahoo!), diet has been ok not great but not bad either (80/20 rule). I gave circuit training a try and I am loving it! I’m going to do this for the next few weeks until I drop a few more pounds. I actually don’t know how much I weight these days because I decided to stay off the scale a few weeks to get a good idea of how the circuit training is working for me. I can tell you one thing my size 36 pants are fitting very loosely, I had to wear a belt today (YES!). I’m starting to get back in my “I’m a machine mode,” and I have really been kicking it up a notch. Next week I’m going to get some boxing gloves (my daughter lost my last set) and incorporate a heavy bag routine. If you haven’t started you should today it only takes one push-up, one salad, one second to educate yourself! You can do it!

Here is a routine of mine:


Incline Pectoral flies (dumbbells)


Dumbbell Curls


Seat Dips

Clean & Jerk

Calf Raises

I do 3 sets of 12 with only a 45 second rest between of each exercise. So basically I do a set of squats within 45 seconds I’m on curls, 45 second next exercise etc….

Quick Weight Loss

Hey Guy and Girls out there in blogerville, today I want to talk about quick weight loss. Really what I mean is you weight-loss will NOT be quick, I repeat this will take some time. I started last year and I lost weight really fast, I did about 100 pounds in about 10 months. Fast right, yeah I agree but my body is not were I want it to be and it might take years for me to reach the body I want. You see the initial weight loss is only have the battle the next half is training your body to do what it hasn’t in years “Build Muscle.” I still have about 18 percent body fat but I’m making the right training choices and the body is also starting to show the effect of my training. Another thing that we all must remember is that each of us is different and what might work well for one might not work well for someone else. A good example of this is me and my business partner. I got the guy started about 6 months ago and told what he needed to be doing, well he listened to a degree but was adamant about lifting weights. I tried talking him out of it thinking it would only hinder his progress but he wouldn’t listen. Well I hadn’t seen him in about 2 months so we hooked up yesterday to workout and dude was ripped! Don’t get me wrong he still has weight to drop but the weight is much firmer and looks much better. That just goes to show different stroke for different folks. Listen to the blog people but remember each of us is different and what might work for me might not work for you.