Strength to weight ratio is an important concept for any athlete. In sports that place a high value on both endurance and speed, such as swimming and running, your strength to bodyweight ratio is a good measure of your overall efficiency—that is, how well you can propel your body through the water or on land for a given bodyweight. In gymnastics, your strength to bodyweight ratio is incredibly critical to your ability to suspend yourself throughout various positions. A high strength to weight ratio is favorable. To develop your strength without gaining excessive body mass, bodyweight exercises are the way to go. These movements will increase your functional strength: strength that utilizes your whole body rather than isolating parts of it. Most strength programs will have a combination of bodyweight and regular weighted exercises to achieve various strength goals. To delve into this topic further, let’s analyze one extremely valuable bodyweight exercise: the pullup.