Getting fit can be as simple as using your own bodyweight to achieve gains in strength, building muscle, boosting cardiovascular fitness, and burning fat. Lisa has 7 great reasons why bodyweight exercises should be a key component of everyone’s workout regime.
Why Bodyweight Exercises Rock Your Body
- Super-efficient workouts: Since there’s no equipment involved, bodyweight workouts make it easy to transition quickly from one exercise to the next. Shorter rest times mean it’s easy to quickly boost heart rate and burn some serious calories.
- Combined cardio and strength training: Pressed for time but need to hit cardio and strength in one quick workout? Performing quick bodyweight cardio sessions (such as one minute of burpees or a set of jumping jacks) in between strength exercises will keep the heart pumping while still encouraging muscle and strength development.
- Fast fat-burning. Looking to shed a few unwanted pounds? Just a few minutes of bodyweight circuit trainingcan have a major impact on the body’s metabolism.Don’t believe it? Try adding a few quick sets of these amped-up burpees into any workout routine and see what happens!
- Something for everyone. Bodyweight exercises are a great choice because they’re easily modified to challenge any fitness level. Adding extra repetitions, performing the exercises faster or super slow, and perfecting form are a few ways to make even the simplest exercise more challenging. And progress is easy to measure since bodyweight exercises offer endless ways to do a little more in each workout.
“Get Reed-iculously Fit With Lisa in 7 Minutes circuit training workout DVD” is perfect for one workout or add a few together for a more advanced workout. www.lisareedfitness.com/DVD
- Improved core strength. The “core” is more than just abs. In fact, at least twenty-nine muscles make up the human core and many simple bodyweight movements can be used to engage all of them. Such exercises improve core strength for better posture and improved athletic performance.
- Increased flexibility. Not everyone who does regular resistance training has to end up with tight muscles and inflexible joints. Bodyweight training for strength and flexibility can go hand-in-hand. Completing bodyweight exercises through a full range of motion is a great way to ensure joints are moving freely. It can lead to improved posture and might even reduce the chance of exercise-related injuries (I can show how to have good posture–it’s also on my DVD).
- Convenience. Ask someone why they don’t exercise and chances are “no time” or “inconvenience” might come up as culprits. Bodyweight exercises eliminate many of these common obstacles by allowing anyone to squeeze in workouts wherever they are. Exercising without equipment can be used as a stress reliever for those working from home or can provide a great hotel room workout for people on the road.
All Equals Results!!!!
Let’s talk results. Bodyweight exercises get results partly because they often involve compound movements (meaning numerous joints and muscles are engaged in each move). Compound exercises such as push-ups, lunges, and pull-ups have been shown to be extremely effective for strength gains and performance improvements. The results from bodyweight training are amplified even more because of the core strength they develop. Research also shows improved core strength gained through bodyweight training translates into improved strength gains throughout the entire body.
Bodyweight movements do offer a lot of benefits that other forms of resistance training can’t match. The tremendous popularity of boot camp-style fitness classes and a boom of YouTube workouts suggest people like what they see (and feel) after some workouts without weights.
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