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There are many different ways to get fit. You could take up cycling, or gymnastics. You could get into Olympic weightlifting, or powerlifting. Or, you could get involved in serious bodyweight training.
When all is said and done, there is little reason to really restrict your fitness routine to one or another format. It’s perfectly possible to mix-up explosive “functional” movements, with conventional heavyweight training, and burpees and push-ups.
That being said, there are certain specific benefits to doing bodyweight training, so if you’re not yet taking advantage of this form of exercise, you really should be.
Here are a few reasons to start a bodyweight fitness programme today.
- Combined with the right nutrition plan, you can make major progress in most domains of fitness
Bodyweight fitness training is, unfortunately, sometimes put in the same category of exercise as the largely ineffective “aerobics” classes that used to be so popular on daytime TV.
As a matter of fact, though, combined with the right nutrition plan, a good bodyweight training regimen can allow you to make major progress in most domains of fitness.
Diet is an important factor In getting a sixpack, for example. But bodyweight exercises such as hanging leg raises can certainly provide the other half of the equation (which is targeted muscular resistance.)
By using the advanced leverages taught by strength coaches such as Pavel Tsatsouline, you can make an exercise like the basic push-up tough enough that it contributes to real strength gains. What’s more, you can do so almost indefinitely, progressing to one arm push-ups, then one arm elevated push-ups, and so on.
Bodyweight training can also be done in a high-intensity format that works wonders for fat burning and cardiovascular conditioning.
- There are very few excuses for skipping a workout – even on holiday
If you rely completely on specific gym equipment to get your workouts done, there are likely to be many circumstances where you’ll be unable to do your workouts – or at least, where there will be enough excuses available to skip them easily.
How about when you go away on vacation, for example? Are you really going to go to all the trouble of trying to find a local gym that has what you need, and then visit it every day to train?
When you’ve got a good bodyweight training routine at your disposal, there are very few excuses for skipping a workout, even when you’re travelling. You don’t need the gyms to be open (or even for there to be any.) You just need to get training, wherever you are.
- Bodyweight training can really help you become more coordinated and aware of your body
When you are training with machines, and even with free weights, your movements are going to be reasonably restricted by the nature of the exercise you’re doing.
Bodyweight training, on the other hand, typically goes a long way in improving your balance, and your coordination and awareness of your body as a whole.
Suffice to say, all of that stuff is likely to be very useful in various dimensions of life, including any sport you might want to play, martial arts, dancing, and more.