Do More Bodyweight Exercise. Here’s Why.
- Safe. Bodyweight exercises are generally safe for any exerciser regardless of experience, age, or fitness level. Many simple bodyweight movements can actually be an effective option for rehabilitation.
- Burns fat. Bodyweight exercises recruit more muscles and therefore do more work.
- Convenient. A workout can be completed anywhere, without equipment, in as little as 10 minutes. Think Tabata.
- No more boredom. Orientation, action, footprint, handprint, and intensity can all be adjusted to change the exercise.
- Core strength bonanza. Most bodyweight exercises recruit many of the 29+ muscles of the core in their activity.
- For everyone. Everyone can do bodyweight, regardless of age or fitness level. Some will need modifications. Some will need progressions. Your trainer can help you navigate the possibilities.
- Results. Compound movements (meaning more than one joint is recruited). Push-ups, lunges, and squats have been shown to be effective for strength gains. And all that core they develop at the same time!
- Efficient. No need to spend two hours at the gym to get strong and lean. Research shows bodyweight exercises like plyometrics gain you fitness in a short time.
- Flexibility. Completing the full range of motion of your bodyweight exercises will enhance your joint and muscle flexibility. Think Yoga, and you think “flexible.” Is it any wonder that Yoga is a training method focused wholly on bodyweight?
- Cardio and strength. Adding squat thrusts or burpees in between bench presses will exercise your heart even more.
- Better balance. We progress bodyweight exercises for greater challenge, including balance challenges. Instead of two feet, stand on one foot. Instead of a forward step, take a backward step, etc.
- Cheap. You don’t need a gym, a bench…or even a trainer! Uh, wait a minute…
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