Why Should You Use Bodyweight Exercises To Build Strength?

Why Should You Use Bodyweight Exercises To Build Strength?

Author: Kevin Gianni

There are many different reasons for using bodyweight exercises for increasing strength, but these five reasons are considered by many to be the most important.

No fear, no excuses.

Anyone can do bodyweight exercises to build strength. There are exercises to meet every fitness level from beginner to advanced.

Think you don’t have enough energy to exercise? Take just ten minutes to add a few bodyweight exercises to your day for one week, and see how fast you increase your energy.

Think you don’t have time to exercise because you travel or work long hours? You can do bodyweight exercises anywhere, even when traveling. You don’t even need to pack anything special.

You don’t have spend a lot of money or leave your home.

You don’t need to purchase an expensive gym membership or purchase expensive equipment for your home. Bodyweight exercises may be done at home in any room of your house. You can even do them with your children. Go outside, do them on the patio, who knows, you may get a neighbor involved to cheer you on or as an exercise partner.

Worried about what you may look like at the gym? Out of “shape?” Not accustomed to exercising? Don’t have the “right” clothes. None of that matters when using bodyweight exercises to gain strength. Wear whatever you like, forget the make up and hair and trying to compete with the person next to you by doing bodyweight exercises.

Rent DVD’s with bodyweight exercises instead of hiring a personal trainer. Save the money that you would spend on expensive equipment or trainers and by some things that you really want – like new clothes to show off your new body.

Variety is the spice of. . . bodyweight exercises.

Bodyweight exercises are never boring. There are several tried and true exercises familiar to everyone, but with so many different variations in technique, position, leverage and resistance exercises. There are over 100 different types of push ups that can be done. Not only do these variations in bodyweight exercises increase strength but they keep even the experienced exerciser from becoming uninterested in exercising regularly. The more interested in your bodyweight exercise you are the more likely you are to do it consistently.

Bodyweight exercises for strength are safer and cause fewer injuries than other forms of exercise.
Some other forms of muscle strengthening can cause injuries. Quite often these injuries occur in the forms of sprains, strains, and injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. The form and technique of bodyweight exercises actually strengthens your tendons and ligaments, building overall body strength not just muscle.

Benefits to your whole life, not just your strength, through bodyweight exercises.

– Your body is physically fit, and attractive.
– Your stamina, flexibility, and endurance are increased.
– You can achieve results in by increasing your circulation, lowering your cholesterol, and making yourself “heart-healthy.”
– You will have more energy.
– You will have more time to do the other things you want to do.
– You can add to your enjoyment of life.

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About the Author
Kevin Gianni is an internationally recognized health advocate, author & film consultant. He has helped thousands of people take control of their own health naturally through teleseminars & programs. To find out more about Bodyweight Exercises, & get a Free report “The 10 Best Bodyweight Exercises for Strength and Toning” visit Renegade Bodyweight Exercises at http://www.RenegadeBody.com

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Building Muscle Without Weights

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Strength training without weights is one of the most widely use methods of what’s be coined “functional” exercising. Functional exercises are frequently bodyweight exercises or those that use objects other than traditional weights to challenge the body through a series of tasks. Many like them because they provide a more wholistic fitness experience.

These body weight exercises not only improve all around musculo-skeletal health, but also tend to produce lean, dense muscle when done consistently. This is what gives the person a slimmer, more fit appearance.

Those who spend most of their time in the gym may not believe that constistently doing a workout without weights can produce marked changes in muscle and strength. There is sometimes a “health club bias” for whatever reason. I would simply point to any gymnast, olympic or otherwise, to make my point.

Many ask “how can you do real strength training without using weights? The reason that this takes place has to do more with your brain than it does with whether you use your gym membership or not.

It has been shown that strength gains and muscle growth are dependent on a variety of neurological adaptations which take place as you challenge your body with new and interesting physical tasks. This is especially true when you are just starting out in an exercise program.

On the physical side, these changes include developing greater connections between your brain and muscles, the development of reflex movements, and once the movement is learned the body can devote more energy to building the muscle mass, thus larger muscles. On the cognitive side, it’s a little more involved.

It’s the same concept as learning a new dance step or even learning how to throw a frisbee. What happens during the initial phase is that your mind and body are attempting to learn how to control your muscles to accomplish the desired movement. Whether that is some new dance move, throwing a ball straight, or doing a walking lunge without falling over. This is active participation. This is you actively learning how to perform the exercise.

In your brain, the pre-frontal and motor cortices, and the cerebellum (not to mention other areas) go into overdrive laying the strong neurological infrastructure necessary to support an increase in muscle growth that comes with a regular weight lifting routine.

All of this takes mental focus, determination and repetition prior to muscle growth, in order to fully coordinate the muscles. I suspect that this is the principle behind success with the P90X program and others like it. However, I haven’t read any studies about that program specifically. But, in the end, this is how you learn to do the exercise.

One training suggestion would be to focus on, not just doing the movement, but how you’re doing the movement. Feel your body parts going through the entire range. Get in touch with other areas of your body that, although aren’t the prime movers, are still working just the same. How are they working? What are they doing? Are you working too much? Too little? Feel your body and what it’s doing so you learn to control it faster.

Learning to do any exercise, rather than just doing it, will increase your ability to build muscle without weights and you will undoubtably see more gains with your routine.

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