What’s the deal with bodyweight training? Some people swear by it (esp the instagram fitspos), while others have little time for it – they’re too busy squatting 1000 pounds and preaching the benefits of heavy weight training.
However, bodyweight training is not only the purest form of strength training – it’s also the most natural and been practised with proven results for ever. A good bodyweight routine is an awesome way to boost strength and build lean muscle, from beginners to the athlete. Bodyweight exercises aren’t just a substitute for weighted exercises – they’re an alternative that delivers many benefits.
Every time you perform a bodyweight exercise, such as a push-up, you’re performing a closed kinetic chain exercise. Which means you move, rather than you moving a weight. The benefits of this are many. Firstly, closed kinetic chain exercises follow a more natural range of movement and subject your body to less stress, reducing the likelihood of injury. The most important point about bodyweight training is the way in which it builds functional strength.
Bodyweight exercises such as pull-ups and squats mimic movements you make in the real world, whether it’s climbing a ladder, standing up from a chair or lifting a heavy suitcase. In replicating these real life scenarios, you’re performing movements that your body has evolved to excel at. Repetition, through bodyweight training, will strengthen your muscles and improve your ability to perform these practical movements in every aspect of your life.
The final reason why bodyweight training is so important to incorporate into your daily regime and why we feature it so often in most of our classes is because of their emphasis on compound movements. Many bodyweight exercises, such as those found in our BOXFIT and MAX classes, entail multi-joint movements that work several muscle groups simultaneously. We also add these to our Strength and Conditioning classes with Kettlebells and Powerbags to ensure no stone is left unturned.
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