“Body weight exercises are one of the best ways to build muscle and develop strength quickly and effectively.”
What Is It?
You don’t need a gym to get a great workout. Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights; the individual’s own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises. Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, flexibility, and strength without machinery or extra equipment. Every part of the body can get stronger with body resistance alone.
Body by Science is a great resource for body weighted exercises without a gym. Also, to build your own routine, and see demonstration videos visit this link. At the bottom of the demonstration page are the exercises to get started with a beginner’s routine of body weighted exercises.
Why Body Weighted Exercise?
Body weighted exercise are great for the fitness-minded who do not have access to gym equipment. These exercises can be done by men, women, children of any age, with benefits for young and elderly alike. Exercises range from beginner to advanced. There is a lower rate of injury from body weighted exercises versus workouts using equipment. Typical body-weighted exercises work several muscle groups at once. For example, in a pushup, the body must form a rigid straight line, and the elbow joint must move from a straight angle to the smallest angle possible, and thus the core muscles, chest muscles, triceps, and legs are all involved in ensuring proper, strict form.