5 reasons I love bodyweight training

And you should too!

Body weight training is using your own body weight and gravity as resistance. It’s a great style of training to improve your strength, tone, speed, power, coordination, flexibility and definition. The best part is you don’t need a gym membership; you can do bodyweight training anywhere, anytime.

Just as intense as a gym program

If wondering whether you’ll see the same results from bodyweight training as a gym training program, the answer is a resounding “yes”. This style of training can be just as intense as training in the gym.

For a cardio workout example, swap five minutes on the treadmill or cross trainer for five minutes of bodyweight exercises, like burpees, mountain climbers, tuck jumps, bear crawls or jumping lunges for 45 seconds with a 15-second recovery.

If you’d like to add intensity, you can incorporate things around your home, the playground or oval, like chairs and benches, monkey bars and bike racks.

The added bonus with all of these bodyweight exercises, compared to doing them with weights, is that your movements reflect your daily functional movements, like pushing and pulling with your arms. Plus, it’s a total body workout.

Endless choices

The list of bodyweight exercises you can choose from is endless, and even if you haven’t heard of them before, I am sure you have performed a couple.

Squats, lunges, plank variations, tricep push-ups or dips, mountain climbers and frog jumps are just a few.

Top 5 reasons I love bodyweight training

1

Convenience

You can do it anytime, anywhere. Even on holidays or when you can’t get to the gym. You can train at home or the park and let the kids play while you do your training. No more excuses.

2

It’s free

You don’t need a pricey gym membership to train. Use your body instead to improve your health and fitness. It’s 100% free.

3

Lower risk of injury

There is always a risk of injury, but in my experience, more people get injured on machines because of poor form and technique, using the machines incorrectly or using weights that are too heavy for them. With bodyweight training, you don’t have the additional risk from using machines or weights.

4

Quick and effective

Bodyweight training can be done in short and intense bursts, known as High-intensity interval training (HIIT), great for burning a lot of calories in a short time.

The key is to work at your maximum exertion to get your heart rate up, followed by a short recovery and then repeat. The spike in your heart rate also causes a spike in your calorie consumption.

Metafit is another great bodyweight program. Classes range from 19 -30 minutes, great for burn calories during and after your workout.

5

You’re in charge of your workout

I am sure you have had days when your motivation and energy are low; we all do. On those days I would recommend that you still train but decrease the intensity and add more stretches, meditation and slow controlled breathing.

It’s all exercise, keeps you consistent, and it’s a positive step towards a healthier and fitter you, even when you’re not feeling your best.

Now, where to start?

Check out my fitness program “I love Bodytech”. It uses bodyweight exercises only, with high and low-intensity alternatives. You decide how long you want to train, 15 minutes for example, and see how many rounds you can complete in that time. Next time try and improve on your rounds.

If you have an injury speak to your medical professional or contact me for a tailor-made program, individualised just for you. Bodyweight exercises are perfect for rehabilitation.

So what are you waiting for?

There really is no excuse. Besides, excuses are for people who do not want it bad enough.
Check out my “I love Bodytech” program today.