By Felipe Goncalves - Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer, Achieve Lifestyle
Getting fit doesn't have to be complicated. Simple bodyweight exercises can be a great choice for achieving gains in strength, flexibility, and overall health. Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights; the individual's own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.
If you want to see some of the results – check out Frank Medrano, Adam Raw & Hit Richards – these guys have achieved amazing physiques through bodyweight training!
You Can Burn Fat – Fast!
Just a few minutes of a bodyweight circuit training can have a major impact on the body's metabolism. If you've ever heard of the after burn effect, you know that even when your workout is over, your body can still burn fat for hours to come.
There’s Never an Excuse Not to Workout
Whenever I ask people why they don’t workout their two main reasons are “no time" or it's "inconvenient." Luckily bodyweight exercises eliminate those common excuses when you only need a little space; it's easy to squeeze in workouts wherever you are.
It Protects Your Joint and Keeps You Injury Free
To be strong all over, you need to not only have strong muscles, but also strong joints. And because bodyweight training works the joints and tendons as they are meant to be worked, it helps to create strong joints and tendons for life—and helps protect you from injuries.
One of the reasons that so many bodybuilders end up with joint issues in their shoulders, wrists, knees, or neck is that the joints of the body are simply not designed to deal with heavy loads of weight training.
You can impress your friends
Have you ever seen someone do a one arm push up, a free standing handstand, or even a pistol squat in person? It’s a pretty impressive thing to see and will no doubt amaze your friends. So while I would never recommend taking up bodyweight exercises purely to impress your friends, it’s not a bad side-effect.
Of course, there isn’t anything wrong with lifting weights at the gym or at home - there are multiple ways to ‘get results’ in the fitness world. But I believe it comes down to enjoying something and asking what you want from your exercise.
You have many options. Choose what’s fun and engaging for you!
For more information about Bodyweight training come and find me in the gym at Egham Leisure Centre or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org