With England now in lockdown, lovers of lifting are once again set for a period of separation from their beloved weights and high-tech resistance machines.
It can be hard to get your hands on home workout equipment, with many retailers going out of stock of popular kit as soon as lockdown was announced. Decent equipment can also cost you a pretty penny, so it’s not always worth investing, if you plan to head back to the gym as soon as restrictions are eased.
This doesn’t mean you have to neglect your toned bod and let your hard work go to waste. Bodyweight training is a great alternative in the interim to keep your physique in good shape until you can get back to pumping iron and making those gains!
Here are 7 benefits of bodyweight training. You never know… you might just be converted!
Quick and easy
Bodyweight training leaves no room for making excuses! With no equipment required you can fit a quick workout in whenever you have spare time. Whether you’re stuck at home, fancy a session outdoors or you’re travelling with no access to a gym, with only minimal space required there’s nothing stopping you from getting your sweat on. As well as this a good Bodyweight workout combines elements of both cardio and strength training, so it’s a highly efficient way to fit both into your routine.
Less risk of injury
Bodyweight training is a great way to hone technique and form whilst having a lower impact on your joints than weight training. This means you’re less likely to cause yourself an injury that could hinder your long term training. So while weight training might get you ‘bigger gains’ at a faster rate, bodyweight training is better in the long run on your body and for your mobility, which becomes more important as you age.
Works the full body
Bodyweight movements work a number of different muscle groups at the same time, helping you tone and strengthen your whole body from head to toe. While you might think of a push-up as an upper-body exercise or a squat as a lower-body exercise, both of these help to improve core strength, which is essential to good posture, proper movement patterns, and injury prevention.
Builds balance and flexibility
Your body must stabilize itself while performing bodyweight movements, which strengthens the muscles and stretches the ligaments and tendons that help you stay balanced while walking, running, performing household chores, or taking part in any other physical activity. Body control is essential to warding off injury, especially as we age.
Accessible to everyone
Bodyweight exercises can be modified to suit any fitness level. Variations of moves mean you can start off easy to build your technique and then progress to more challenging moves once you’ve built up some strength. When you’re ready to turn up the difficulty level a notch there’s always modifications you can make to push yourself further.
Can be just as effective in building muscle
Performing exercises through their full range of motion is all it takes to achieve muscle hypertrophy, or to you and I, muscle tone and definition. It’s important to remember, however, that the better your technique, the more effective the move so mastering this is key to progressing and seeing the desired results!
There’s no doubt that lifting weights and sweating it out on cutting-edge cardio equipment, will help you get in great shape. But mixing in a bodyweight training routine can help you maintain a well-rounded fitness regime that never gets dull and is a perfect alternative for when you can’t get into the gym!
Although you won't need any weights or fancy equipment, for floor based bodyweight moves you will benefit from having a good exercise mat. Not got one? Get yours here.