A couple of points on single leg squats:
- Yes I can do a full set. I only do them for balance and I weigh more than you.
- If you weigh 200lbs and only do single leg squats I'd be impressed if you could properly rep out a 300lb squat. I don't see how your lower back would be developed enough to handle the weight.
- A beginner will see much faster progress with traditional squats because they can continuously put on weight. The jump from a bodyweight squat to a single leg is large so the beginner has to do awkward assisted single legs and can't measure how much help theyre using each time.
A bigger problem with bodyweight exercises is that there is no equivalent for deadlifting. If your goal is functional strength deadlifting is one of the best exercises you can do.
Name a situation where one needs to place that much load on the spine. I'm seriously curious about a situation one might commonly come across where placing that much weight on the spine is a good thing.
Every circumstance I've ever been in where I needed to lift a lot of weight, I was offloading damn near all of it onto my hips.
Not to mention the damage you do inherently at the bottom of your squat by placing the load transverse to the spine. That is damn near the most damaging thing that people do to their spine.
The reason you get slower results with bodyweight work outs is because you're building pretty much everything out at a similar rate.
I'm pretty sure you can workout your muscles at a similar rate with weights. I'd argue that it is much easier because you can select how much weight to use for each exercise. You're not stuck with bodyweight and bodyweight + assistance.
Bullshit, if you actually knew what you were talking about you wouldn't be offering this bullshit excuse. Weights make it a lot easier to get in over your head. What's more if you know what you're doing, there are various ways of making exercises easier or harder. From reducing the range of motion in the beginning phases to choosing something that's less taxing.
Unlike with weights you don't have the kind of problems with muscles getting out of balance because they're being used as a unit. I'm not sure how much simpler it gets.
Yes, it does take longer, but the results are better.
How is it better? It sounds like you're just fundamentally opposed to weighlifting. The simple fact is that it is easier to get stronger and look better with the use of weights.
My lifts have always been weaker because I've been worrying about functional strength. You don't get stronger pushing around weights and I have never met anybody who thought that pushing and pulling on weights was the end game. Sure, I can't typically lift as much weight as other people do, however, get me out of the gym and I'm a lot stronger than those nancy boys that don't ever bother strengthening their legs.
If you don't know how to transmit forces through the rest of your body, then you don't really know much about strength.
I used to work out with weights, I don't any longer because quite frankly, I don't need a false sense of strength that comes from being out of balance...
Again, no idea what this means. False sense of strength? I can assure you that I am stronger than you in a very real sense.
Unless you're goal is purely to lift arbitrarily high weights, then it's a false sense of strength. True strength comes from the ability to use all of your muscles together in a coordinated fashion. You sure as hell aren't going to get that with the advice you're handing out here. You're specifically recommending 3 exercises for the lower body where one is going to be more than enough for anybody that isn't a competitive weight lifter or body builder.
But, yes, obviously I'm full of it because I'm not towing the industry line. Makes you wonder how anybody got strong in the millenia before freeweights and machines were invented.
Do you seriously think they got strong doing one legged squats? Or did they get strong from moving shit with physical labour?
Either possibility invalidates your hypothesis. The fact of the matter is that you'd be hard pressed to find people routinely doing things harder than one legged squats, one armed pullups, full bridges and the like.
It's quite clear that you haven't bothered to actually read up on physics, kinesthesiology, bodyweight conditioning and have a poor grasp on the consequences of ill conceived weight training.
Weights are valuable, but the way that they're used and abused in gyms is criminally negligent. There's no good reason for your back to ever be asked to support hundreds of pounds. The legs are the source of your power, why people insist upon loading up their back, which is a relatively weak structure when the legs are so powerful is beyond me.
Eh, I've got better things to do with my time than to argue with somebody too lazy to do any research into bodyweight conditioning before tearing it to shreds. Even if most of the theoretical arguments were true, it still applies piss all to person asking for advice as he's nowhere near the point of needing to worry about anything other than safety and efficacy.
For the person asking for citations, I can provide some, but if it's not obvious to you why I'm right, you're not likely to understand the citations I can provide, and I've found in the past that it's a complete waste of time to provide them as the people never understand.