5 Reasons Why Bodyweight Training ROCKS! (1)5 Reasons Why Bodyweight Training ROCKS!

By Golda Smith

 

Longer days and warmer weather are just two reasons to takes your workouts outdoors. Fitness doesn’t have to be boring, complicated or mysterious! Remember back in January when you made a commitment to start working out. You may have even purchased a gym membership and actually used it for all of two months before throwing your hands up.

I am right there with you. I spent a solid two years hitting the gym five sometimes six days a week and for a while I got high off of that feeling. My body was getting stronger, I was developing lean muscles and people noticed. I was even selected as one of the top 15 finalists in my company’s transformation content and I was very proud of that.

After a while though, I have to admit that I no longer got excited about showing up to the gym every day. When I was forced off my feet (due to a few injuries and surgeries) I had time to contemplate my comeback. I wanted AND need to do something different. I decided to cancel my gym membership and train at home using my own body weight and a few pieces of equipment. I LOVED it and haven’t looked back and today I want to share just 5 reasons why bodyweight training ROCKS!

First off, since you are using your body then you can exercise anywhere! The playground, elevator, staircase, bedroom, backyard…you name it. This also means that it’s perfectly FREE. No gym membership required, which also means, the “I don’t have time” or “I don’t have money’ excuses are no longer valid. 

Bodyweight exercises mimic functional movements. Bending down to tie your shoes, picking up a laundry basket, stretching your arms overhead or simply balancing on one leg are all functional movements. The great thing is that you can also increase your overall balance while building strength and lean muscle.

Body weight training is a great way to get your children involved and interested in fitness because anyone can do them regardless of age or level of fitness. Sometimes my son will join me for a quick workout and we do squats, push-ups, lunges and Russian twists just to give you a few ideas.

One of the things I noticed about people when I trained at the gym was that people did the same exercises over and over. You know what that leads to? That’s right…a plateau. You never have to worry about that when you are doing bodyweight training because there are literally hundreds of exercises you can do to keep your body guessing. With bodyweight training, you are only limited by the limits of your creativity!

Remember when I said that you can do bodyweight training regardless of your fitness level? Its’ absolutely true. Let’s take the push-up for example. You can make it as challenging or as easy as you need it to be. So if you are working on building your upper body strength and you’ve never been able to do a full body push-up then start by dropping your knees on the floor. Keep that form until you are able to push your bodyweight for a few reps. After a couple of weeks of consistent practice then you may be ready to move up to a full body push-up. It works in the opposite direction as well. Let’s say you have an injury that prevents you from doing a full body push-up like you are accustomed to, then you can regress and drop your knees and focus on rebuilding your strength…that’s what I had to do when I developed tears in both rotator cuffs. Remember progress not perfection.

Those are just a 5 reasons why bodyweight training ROCKS and why you should add them to your training routine. Not only will you begin to challenge your body in new ways but you will begin to see results and that’s what matters.

Now I want to hear from you. Do you like bodyweight training and if so, what are some of your favorite moves? Comment below and let us know.

 

 

 

 

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