Why Bodyweight Exercises Are The Best Prep For An Adventure
How do you prepare your body to walk the length of the Yangtze River? It’s a question that hardly any of us will ever have to consider the answer to, but it’s been at the forefront of adventurer Ash Dykes’ mind for some time because he starts his trek along the 6,380km-long river this June.
Dykes’s Yangtze expedition follows his treks across Madagascar in 2016 and Mongolia in 2014. He’s also cycled the length of Vietnam and Britain. A lot of epic stuff, in short, all of which requires Dykes to be in excellent shape. So does he load up the barbell? Or head for the gym machines? Neither – he turns to bodyweight exercises.
“Without a doubt bodyweight exercises are what leave me feeling the most agile and conditioned ahead of my expeditions,” says Dykes. "Not only do they help me work on my overall strength, but I also become more capable in terms of speed, reaction time, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, strength, power and endurance.”
Dykes’s trek along the Yangtze is scheduled to take a year, and his past expeditions in Madagascar and Mongolia lasted 155 days and 78 days respectively. On...