1. Use your body weight to develop a sense of balance, coordination and control
Bodyweight exercises are some of the most natural, primal movements we can do. Bodyweight training is essentially the way we trained before there were any machines or equipment.
Bodyweight training is essentially the way we trained before there were any machines or equipment.
These types of exercises are great for developing a sense of balance, coordination, and control in the body.
The challenge of balancing on one leg, or holding a position for a period of time, has a direct carryover to the movements and positions you’ll be using in your sport.
Bodyweight training also helps develop a sense of timing, coordination, and technical proficiency. Practicing these exercises will help you improve your technique when you do train with weights.
2. Bodyweight training is the best way to build functional strength
Meaning, you’re actually training for real life strength.
All the exercises you’ll do with your bodyweight create a functional strength that will transfer to your sport. This is true of any sport, whether you are a runner, basketball player, or soccer player.
Bodyweight exercises are great to improve your strength, power and endurance.
You can train your back, chest, legs and other muscle groups just using your bodyweight without using gym machines or weights.
3. Bodyweight training is the best way to improve your mobility
Bodyweight strength training is great for improving your mobility. The exercises you’ll be doing are directly related to your sport.
Bodyweight training improves several areas of mobility, including shoulder mobility, hip mobility and shoulder stability. This, in turn, helps reduce injury risk and improve performance.
Bodyweight training is great for improving your mobility. The exercises you’ll be doing are directly related to your sport.
On top of all of the benefits of bodyweight training that I’ve just mentioned, there are numerous other ways to use bodyweight training to improve performance, reduce risk of injury, and enhance your overall training program.
Bodyweight training can be used in the following ways:
3. Dynamic flexibility
6. Resisted mobility
8. Circuit training
9. Auxiliary exercises
There are many different ways in which you can add bodyweight training to your routine.
As you begin doing more bodyweight training, you’ll likely need to practice the exercises in order to get better at them. These drills will help you improve your coordination and control, balance, and they’ll help you get more out of your bodyweight training.
When you’re first starting off, I recommend choosing 4 to 6 exercises, perform them for 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 12 reps.
You can use these exercises as accessory work in addition to your weight training, or you can use them in place of your weight training on the days you want to train light.
Your bodyweight exercise program should include different exercises to focus on areas that need improvement.
For instance, if you’re a runner and you want to improve your stride, then you should include some bodyweight exercises that are specific to improving your stride.
Another example, if you’re a soccer player and you want to improve your agility, then you should include some bodyweight exercises that are specific to improving your agility.
As you can see, bodyweight exercises are a great way to train your whole body, especially if you don’t have access to weights or a gym.
They will help you build real life strength, coordination, stamina and stability that will carry over to other sports or areas of your life.
Give these a try and you will see positive results very soon.