Bodyweight exercises are your ticket to
fantastic health in the least amount of time.
Reason #1: Many people think they don't have
the time to exercise.
Using these exercises is a unique and exciting way to workout
because it puts you in the driver's seat and lets you create your
own routines whenever and wherever you like--without any equipment
Knowing a few quick bodyweight routines is like having your own
personal trainer on call at all times! You can pick and choose the
exercises you feel like doing, mix them up a little from time to
time and know that you're getting a killer workout every time!
One thing is true... many people don't have
the time to exercise CONVENTIONALLY—which means 30 minutes a day,
plus the time it takes to get to the gym and then the time it takes
to shower afterwards. It seems like the demands of today's society
have grown exponentially. I have a friend that is a lawyer and he
doesn't leave the office until 10:00PM on a slow day. He's there on
the weekends too
Many people have low energy and for that reason have trouble
finding the reserves to exercise at all.
Bodyweight exercises give you the ability to exercise quickly and
efficiently in your office, at home, outside, in a hotel room, or
any other place you may be. It is a relief to many people to find
out that you don't need to go the gym to have an awesome workout.
Most bodyweight exercises can be done in a 6X6 space.
This is unfortunately a fact that
stops many people from exercising, but just doing a few quick
twists, push ups, tablemakers, squats and other bodyweight gems, you
can get the energy you've been looking for—quick.
Reason #3: The gym is not for everyone. And
To understand why you have little energy if you are not working out
or not keeping a steady schedule and why these bodyweight exercises
work we need to look at exercise and energy at a very basic level.
Inside your cells (don't worry, we'll make this as simple as
possible!), little powerhouses (called mitochondria) produce the
energy your body uses to function. When you are inactive, the number
of powerhouses in your cells is decreased because your body does not
need them. If you don't exercise frequently, chances are your body
is only efficient for what you do most... not exercise.
When you exercise, the mitochondria in your cells multiply because
your body needs to produce more energy. When this happens, there are
more powerhouses in your cells and you produce more energy. These
powerhouses don't just go away after you exercise... they stay in
your body and produce energy when needed.
This is how exercise gets you the energy you need to do the things
The number of mitochondria start to decrease again only after a
period of inactivity. So once you can sustain a level of exercise
(changes in your physiology can start after your first minute of
exercise), you will be able to sustain a level of energy that you
may never have had before!
Bodyweight programs will give you the flexibility to workout more
frequently without having to worry about where and when. They are
perfect for the busy person.
The investment in a few bodyweight
exercise programs and books can save you thousands of dollars a year
in gym fees. The cost of an exercise ebook or video is less than any
monthly gym fee I've seen recently and these exercises will last you
Gym equipment can get you injured and does not prepare you for
everyday functional strength.
Bench press, squats with weight, dead
lift, shoulder press, etc. We don't need to list all the exercises
that will injure you at the gym. Adding weights to a workout that is
just as demanding without them is a recipe for injury.
Not everyone has the money for a personal trainer, but everyone
has the equipment
Bodyweight exercises use your own weight as resistance. By doing
these exercises you increase your flexibility, balance and strength
all at once. You no longer need to separate stretching, abs, legs,
chest, and warm-up. When you progress through a well thought out
bodyweight plan, you will hit many of these places with two or three
Personal Training is fantastic. It is
wonderful to have someone with you and rooting for you the entire
way through a physical transformation. It is also expensive. Some
personal trainers can charge $100 or more an hour.
Reason #6: Some weight training programs
have little flexibility. There is little freedom in a set exercise
Again, you can pay $30-50 on a video download and an ebook of
bodyweight exercises that will last you forever!
You don't have to pay a dime for the equipment.
Places like Curves and Slender Lady
work on a circuit training system where you do the same exercises
every time in an allotted time. I think that's pretty boring. There
are thousands of bodyweight exercises that you can bring into your
toolbox and use when you're tired of others.
We suggest you try to incorporate as many bodyweight exercises in
your workouts. If you don't like one, there are most likely 2 or 3
others that work the same muscles, so you don't have to worry that
you're missing out on a body part!
Once you start using bodyweight
exercises in your weekly routine, here are only a few things that
will happen to you:
- You will feel more energized during the day.
- You will wake up with energy.
- You will be more productive at work or at home.
- You will find more time to do the things you want to do and
have the energy to do them.
- You will have better relationships.
- You will have more self-confidence.
- You will have better sex.
- You will feel great and smile more often (I promise!).