You don’t have to have a fancy gym membership, or a room full of expensive exercise machines in order to sculpt a strong, toned and sexy body. In fact, all you really need is your own body… Though a little determination helps as well!
Calisthenic exercises, or body weight exercises, use the resistance of your own weight during basic gross motor movements such as grasping, pushing, pulling and even running on the spot.
Even if you haven’t heard the term body weight exercises before, the chances are you are familiar with some of the exercises that fall into this category. Some examples include:
- Tuck jumps
- Pushup/ variations
- Tricep dips
- Squat/ variations
- Lunge/ variations
- Mountain climbers
- Wall sits
Even though many people argue that training with weights is the best way to gain strength and muscle definition fast, body weight training offers numerous benefits (including increased strength and muscle definition) that shouldn’t be dismissed too quickly.
Here are 5 reasons why you should incorporate body weight exercises into your weekly workout schedule:
No equipment required! - You don’t need any equipment whatsoever to get started, meaning you can strengthen and tone your body anytime, and basically anywhere! - No excuses! You can even enhance the resistance of basic exercises by elevating parts of your body using stable objects such as park benches or railings. Other ‘equipment’ that you might come across, such as kids play equipment, tables or steps, can all be used in collaboration with your body weight exercises to increase resistance and enhance the effort required.
It’s completely free! - Cost is not an issue when it comes to body weight training because there is no equipment or venue hire required! This makes body weight training viable (and more appealing) for everyone.
How to move - The movements you perform during bodyweight training utilize the way your body is designed to move (in relation to lifting, pulling propelling etc), which means you are strengthening your body in ways that will be reflected in your everyday activities.
Less risk of injury - Because you are working against the resistance of your own body weight, as opposed to heavy weights or machines, you are less likely to cause injury to your body, whilst still achieving strength and definition. You are also working on real strength, which also works to protect your body.
- Maximize ‘real strength’ - Body strength isn’t only a reflection of muscle strength, it is a combination of muscles, tendons and joints. Through the use of body weight training, you are strengthening not only the muscles but also the tendons and joints of your body, helping protect against injury as well as enhancing functional body strength.