Why Everyone should do Body Weight Exercises

Why Everyone should do Body Weight Exercises

Not only are body weight exercises convenient and available to everyone they can be made seriously tough.

If you don’t believe me, you haven’t been doing them right. Think you can’t build strength and size using body weight? Just have a think about gymnasts. I challenge almost anyone reading this to suggest they have bigger biceps than elite male gymnasts.

Why are body weight exercises so good?

Body weight exercises force you to concentrate on your body and its mechanics. Control and time under tension are fundamental to getting a good workout in. Body weight exercises are great to implement into your current workout as super sets and a great place to start if you are just getting into exercise.

Can’t bench press yet, or don’t even know what a bench press is? Start doing press ups and you are half way there. Increasing the feel of exercises in your body can only be a good thing for technique and performance.

Body weight exercises allow you to work in all planes of motion, increasing joint stability and health. They are easy to incorporate into circuits or make into a muscle building workout.

What body weight exercises can I do?

Examples of bodyweight exercises include; running, hanging, pull ups, monkey bars, push ups, handstands, squats, pistol squats, lunges, tricep dips, planks, crunches, v sits and a plethora of other fantastic exercises.

Pick 5 do a minute on each exercise, rest for a minute and repeat 3 – 5 times. This will more than likely get your heart pumping improving not only your skeletal muscle functionality but your cardiovascular muscles and health as well.

If you think that all the above examples are too easy try doing them as slowly as possible. If you spend 5 seconds pulling yourself up to the top of a wide grip pull up and then 5 seconds lowering yourself down your back muscles will be on fire after a few good reps. Body weight exercises can almost always be advanced or regressed as well. Completed the press up and squat, try using just one arm or leg.

Body weight exercises allow you to get creative and with a few small bits of equipment like a pull up bar, TRX, or park bench you can really start to have fun and smash your health and fitness goals. A lot of body weight exercise are often full body exercises as well, giving you double bang for your buck.

I guarantee there will be things that you can do and progressions that will seriously challenge you, so get out your comfort zone and give some new things a try.


The Author

Izzy Jeffs

Izzy is a British champion javelin thrower and has competed in two Commonwealth Games finals. She has competed for Great Britain on several occasions. Izzy is a personal trainer and spends a lot of time training in the gym, building muscle. When she is not training at the track or in the gym, she is eating. You’ve got to eat big to get big! .

Comments

Dan M.
21 June 2018

Dan M.

and the other thing with body weight is that you always have it to hand! Good for the bones too.

Ross J.
19 June 2018

Ross J.

Couldn't agree with this more. Bodyweight exercises are incredibly effective esp if you can't get to the gym for whatever reason

Sean S.
19 June 2018

Sean S.

I agree with doing bodyweight exercises more slowly. if you think you need more of a challenge try it.

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