With each New Year comes new trends, and the fitness world is no exception. There are many training fads expected to be hot for 2015, including bodyweight training. What is it about this type of training that’s making it on the big list, and is it really all it’s hyped up to be?
•It’s free. Literally costs nothing. NO gym membership required, no fitness equipment turned clothes-rack to store in your basement. All you need is some space to exercise and you’re set
•Bodyweight training helps improve your flexibility and balance much more than standard resistance training
•Minor tweaks to form and exercises will allow you to continually add degrees of difficulty as you progress
•Cardio and resistance training in one. Performing exercises that require you to continually move from one thing to another and using your body weight as resistance is a perfect combination
•You can do it anywhere. At home, on the road, at a playground. Bodyweight exercises go everywhere you do
• You may eventually outwork your bodyweight resistance. That being said, this is a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless
• Some people may find bodyweight too difficult, even when modified. In these cases, working with strength training machines is probably your best bet
If you’re the type of person who wants to get fit on a budget, bodyweight training is definitely for you. If you prefer a gym setting for motivational purposes, you can certainly do bodyweight training at a gym, but you might find hitting the weights to be more your style. Whatever it is you choose, as long as you’re moving, you’re winning- whether it’s considered trendy or not!
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