Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights. As the name suggests the individual’s own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the plank, the squat and the crunch are some common bodyweight exercises.
Benefits of bodyweight training:
- bodyweight training can be done anytime, anywhere and without any equipment making it a very valuable tool for building strength and fitness. It can easily be combined with other programs and in short bursts throughout the day.
- bodyweight training trains the body to be more stable, especially at the joints. Since bodyweight training trains major muscle groups in an integrated fashion it allows you to train multiple joints at once, which is how the body really operates in our environment.
- Finally, bodyweight exercises reduce the likelihood of an injury which may be caused by lifting weights that are too heavy.