3 Ways In Which You Can Optimize The Use Of Bodyweight Exercise
Bodyweight exercise is the best place to begin when starting a physical fitness training program, should be added to programs that otherwise neglect bodyweight exercise and should be diversified with resistance training for programs that use bodyweight exercise exclusively.
Some people love bodyweight exercise and some people hate it... similarly, some people think bodyweight exercise is valuable to a physical fitness training program, and others don't.
I believe that bodyweight exercise is not only the best method to start a physical fitness training program... but I believe that it should remain an active part of any well balance physical training program.
Let's look at bodyweight exercise from three different perspectives... from the beginner just getting started, from the experienced weight lifter that neglects bodyweight exercise and from the bodyweight exercise only crowd.
1. Bodyweight Exercise For Beginners
Most commercial gyms will prescribe an exercise regimen of strength training, usually in the form of machines, and cardiorespiratory endurance training, normally in the form of stationary "cardio" equipment.
2. Bodyweight Exercise For The Experienced Weight Lifter
Many people with a great deal of experience and expertise in physical training completely neglect bodyweight exercise... or believe it to be ineffective.
3. Bodyweight Exercise For The Bodyweight Only Crowd
As you can already tell, I am a strong advocate of bodyweight exercise... but not exclusively.
Bodyweight exercise is an important part of any well balanced physical fitness training program.
If you are just getting started... bodyweight exercise is the perfect place to start.
If you have notoriously neglected bodyweight exercise in your training... add it to improve the physical abilities you have been neglecting.
If you only use bodyweight exercise... diversify your fitness training program by adding some form of resistance training.
In this way, each group can optimize the use of bodyweight exercise.
Do not underestimate the importance of bodyweight exercise... Use bodyweight exercise effectively and in the right proportion to meet your goals, needs, abilities and limitations and meet the challenges of sport, work and life with excellence.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eddie Lomax is a strength, conditioning and fitness coach dedicated to helping people develop a body that performs as good as it looks. We recommend his book Unchained Bodyweight Workout and his informational site Optimum Physical Training.