Bodyweight Training Guides & Tips

Would you like to build a muscular physique but you don’t have the financial or time resources to achieve that goal?

I used to be in the same boat. Luckily, I was young enough when I learned about bodyweight fitness. Now, after several years of only training with the weight of my own body, I can say that I have achieved my dream physique - the athletic type.

While a good nutrition is part of my day to day life, I do not abstain from tasty food such as pizza or hamburgers and my six-pack is still there. I do not struggle with dieting or counting calories. I know many people want this for themselves, so this is why I have put this resource together.

If you are on a computer, you will find a list of articles on the right side. With these articles you can start your bodyweight fitness journey. If you are on a mobile device, check at the bottom of this page for the said resources.

Still wondering whether bodyweight training is for you? Check the pros and cons below to find out.

Pros and cons of bodyweight fitness

pros and cons of bodyweight training

PRO

  • You need very little equipment. While items such as gymnastics rings, yoga mats and resistance bands are a nice addition to any trainee, they are certainly not needed. The least you can get away with is a pull-up bar and a dip stand, or something that can act like them (think: tree branch, two parallel chairs).
  • Shedding fat is easier training only using the weight of your body. The pillar exercises such as pull ups and push ups are compound movements, which are known to burn more fat than the regular biceps curl. That is because they engage several muscles throughout the body.
  • There are lots of progressions. Every exercise has several more difficult progressions that you can aim towards. This will give you more goals to strive towards and will prevent training from becoming boring.
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    Getting a six-pack is fairly easy. Now this may seem far-fetched but if you look at most bodyweight athletes you will see that they have great looking physiques. That is thanks to the fat burning properties of the compound movements they are doing day in, day out.

CON

  • Building leg muscles is difficult when only using your own weight. We use our legs daily so even if you do hundreds of squats they will still not be sufficiently stimulated. The best way to go about leg development would be weight training. You can build some size only using bodyweight training, however the development will not be maximized.
  • Getting started may be harder for heavier trainees. The more you weigh the more weight you will have to work with. If you are on the heavier side you may find this type of training difficult at the beginning.
  • Muscle development will stall at some point. If you are not looking to get into bodybuilding, this point will not affect you. However, if you want to compete you would be better off going to the gym.

In my opinion, these are the most important points when it comes to bodyweight training. If you find the pros really appealing and don’t really mind the cons, then this may be the sport for you.

Conclusion

Remember that this page is just meant to contain all the bodyweight fitness resources.

Check the articles on the right side or at the bottom of the page for a more in-depth look. If you want to get started, you can do so with the beginner bodyweight workout, or you can check the list of the best bodyweight exercises.

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