Body weight training is a great option for those who want to supplement their regular gym membership with a little something extra, without having to pay for it. It is also good for those who can’t afford or don’t want to buy a gym membership at all. The next time someone tells you that they can’t afford to exercise due to the high cost of a gym membership, make sure to recommend body weight training!
It can be done anywhere
Since body weight training doesn’t require any equipment (although, you can add it if you like), and often times you only need a very small space, it can be done almost anywhere. Body weight training is about as convenient as it comes regarding workouts. You can do a body weight session at the park on a beautiful day. Or in your hotel room while on a business trip. If you didn’t have time to make it to the gym, you can do body weight training at home. The opportunities are limitless.
No equipment needed
Body weight training relies on gravity and the weight of your own body to build endurance and strength. Anyone who has ever done it can tell you that it’s far from easy. Since equipment is not involved, it is easy to transition from movement to movement quickly, which keeps your heart rate elevated. Movements are performed quickly and then inter-spaced with short breaks, this is known as high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Body weight training can be performed at a variety of different strength levels. This makes it a great choice for beginners all the way through experts. It’s easy to increase the difficulty level as you gain strength and balance. This versatility also makes it a great option for those who are working through an injury. Body weight training is easily modified so that it can decrease the stress on an injury or it can be modified to be a lower overall impact.
The health benefits
Research shows that body weight training can increase endurance as well as fitness. One variation of body weight training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), has also been linked with improved cardiovascular performance and metabolism. This makes HIIT an excellent choice for those who are overweight, have diabetes, or are prone to cardiovascular disease. Body weight training also aids in preventing osteoporosis by helping build and maintain the mass and density of bones.
Body weight training is a convenient, modifiable, and well-rounded way to exercise. It can be done anywhere, anytime. For ideas on how to get started or how to switch up your current body weight training routine, check out the scientifically supported 7-minute workout and the advanced 7-minute workout.