YOU are a Bodyweight Athlete
We train to be strong. We train to be fit. And as Bodyweight Athletes, we train to be Super, to become the ultimate version of ourselves. Working out can go far beyond just increasing reps and adding more strength. Your workout can be specifically geared towards attaining impressive skills and feats of strength.
The Bodyweight Athlete program teaches you to perform advanced calisthenic moves, within the context of a highly structured fitness training program. You’ll get your daily detailed workouts, all specifically designed to progress in your skills towards what we call the Pinnacle Moves: Muscle Up, Handstand Push Up, Single Arm Push Up, Single Arm Body Row, Pistol Squat, Handstand, L-sit, Human Flag, and Back Lever.. You’ll follow a workout plan that tells you exactly what to do, while remaining tailored to your individual skill level through the use of a thorough Assessment protocol.
To keep your body performing optimally, we supplement your training days with recovery days including Mobility, Self Myofasical Release, Core Program, and Breathwork. Your training days aren’t limited to just bodyweight training either – you’ll get to practice Movement Sequences (even some Animal Flow), and we’ve even included some loaded training. Wile this is still primarily a bodyweight training program, we’ll teach you how to incorporate kettlebells or dumbbells strategically to improve your bodyweight practice. Of course, the weights are optional and you can keep it strictly bodyweight training if you prefer.
Check out FREE SAMPLE VIDEOS from the program on this page. We’ve included the complete set of tutorials from the Horizontal Push section so you can see for yourself what the instructional videos looks like.
The Video Program:
You can get the complete Bodyweight Athlete program as an on-line/downloadable program that you do on your own at home (or at your gym, in the park, or wherever else you feel like it!). Embarking on a bodyweight training journey can be a challenging task, particularly when you want to start training to achieve specific goals. This program plans it all out for you. Just follow the instructions, and you’ll end up with an individually tailored plan that will get you there!
The program includes a ton of great content – in fact, it’s probably enough to keep you busy for the next year! We’ll break everything down for you, day by day, rep by rep, taking you through every progression in ways that let you build your workouts at your own pace, but in a highly structured manner. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced with bodyweight training – you’ll start by assessing current abilities and working systematically from there.
You’ll be able to stream everything on-line, easily switching from your daily intro video to the relevant exercise tutorials for the day. Or if you prefer, you can download the videos to store them on our own computer. (While you can download all of the actual videos, you will still need to access some of the other information on-line.) Note that if enough people request it, we may in the future offer an option to purchase a hard disk for downloading the files directly, although this would still not play as a DVD.
Private Access: BWA Member Facebook Group
Once you purchase the video program, you become a BWA Program Member. That grants you access to the private Facebook group, where you can post videos of your progress. This is a great way to get feedback on your form and make sure you training in the correct progressions. It’s also an awesome way to share your successes with others around the world who are working on the same program!
Intro Phase: The First 33 Days:
For the first 33 days of the program, you’ll get daily instructions from program creator Mike Fitch on what to do that day. He’ll explain that day’s activities in an intro video, and then point you to the instructional videos you’ll need. It will take you the full 33 days just to get through the first complete round. After that, you’ll have your worksheets and training patterns to keep you going for a very long time!
Once you’ve completed the first 33 days and learned the program components, you’re ready to continue in the regular program. We give you a new workout log to use, where you’ll be cycling through the various workout types and pinnacle lines every 10 days. You’ll continue to access the video tutorials every time you are ready to progress to a new variation. You’ll also want to keep checking in to the BWA Member Home center for new resources and tips. And, you’ll continue to post your progress videos in the private Facebook group so that we can all share your journey!
The 9 Movement Patterns:
The core of the program is structured around 9 basic patterns, with each of those having one or more “Pinnacle Exercises” you’ll work toward within that pattern. For example, in the Vertical Pull Pattern, your first pinnacle will be the regular Full Pull-Up. Your second pinnacle will be the False-Grip Pull-Up. And then you’ll get into the Muscle-Up. You’ll start out at the most regressed variation, the Double-Leg assisted Pull Chin-Up. From start to finish, there are 17 exercise progressions just in the Vertical Pull Pinnacle Series. The 9 patterns include 5 strength/dynamics (Vertical Pull, Vertical Push, Horizontal Pull, Horizontal Push, Squat) and 4 statics (Human Flag, L-Sit, Back Lever, and Handstands).
For the first two weeks of the program, you’ll be focused on assessing your current capacity within each pinnacle line. We’ll give you detailed instructions on how to determine what we call your “threshold” exercise within each pattern. That threshold will become the basis for your practice sessions and work sets later on.
We’ll give you tools to track your daily progress in each area. You’ll can choose to track your information electronically or in hard copy, by printing out the PDF of your daily tracking manual, or using the provided Word-based document to type in everything digitally instead of printing.
For every exercise in the program, Mike gives you a detailed video tutorial with clear voice over instructions. Separate videos introduce you to the basics of each pattern and show how to get set up.
Your recovery days are just as important as your training days, and we’ve included a lot of programming to keep your body in top form. Detailed sections address RELEASE (Self Myofascial Release), MOBILIZE (2 different mobilization sequence programs), and ACTIVATE (a Core Program), as well as Breath. You’ll also learn some valuable Movement Sequences to incorporate on your training days.
Mike will also show you how to incorporate weights into your workouts. You’ll be able to use kettlebells or dumbbells (and other weights) in a strategic manner relying on the specificity principle. That means that your loaded training will be building up the strength you need to enhance your bodyweight practice and get you closer to those pinnacle moves.
Special Pricing for Private Fitness Studios
We offer discounts when private fitness training centers would like to purchase the BWA for multiple staff members. Contact us to access the special pricing, which is:
You can take your skills up another level at one our Bodyweight Athlete Workshops taught by Mike Fitch at a few select locations around the world. Check out the BWA WORKSHOPS page for more information on an event near you!
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Karleeanne Chau (verified owner) –
I’m no athlete,.. an exercise professional, PT studio owner and mother of three, However after embracing Animal Flow for 12 months and reshaping my body and my fitness, it felt like the most perfect step to take my personal fitness journey further. I knew going into the program that many of the pinnacle exercises were going to be impossible for me to achieve, so I went into it with my eyes wide open. The entire program is delivered in such a systematic format with excellent video tutorials for every component, step by step daily instructions during your initial assessment phase, tracking worksheets and this amazing online social media community that allows for feedback, questions and support.
I’ve never come across another training program like this that enables the athlete to visually see the end result of a pinnacle exercise but have so many regressions in order to achieve them. For the beginner bodyweight athlete like myself, in only 56 days I have progressed each of the 9 pinnacle exercises at least 2 stages and have a greater awareness of my body and its recovery process through the regeneration days. I have never felt more confident in my body’s physical performance and movement capabilities.