Forget all that fancy equipment being hocked on late night infomercials. Forget the treadmill you use to dry your laundry. Forget dumbbells, barbells and weight benches. The most advanced and most effective fitness machine on the planet, is one you already have and probably ignore.
That's right, you
are the best fitness machine on the planet. Old-fashioned bodyweight exercises are all the rage at the moment and with good reason. Affordable and effective, can you really continue to ignore it?
While you may have hated doing endless push-ups and burpees in high school PE class, it is time to embrace them and work them into your routine!
Bodyweight exercises can be done anywhere and at any time. Best-selling author of You Are Your Own Gym,
Mark Lauren, says "what if I told you that you already have the most advanced fitness machine ever created? Your own body. And what's so great about this fitness machine is that it's always there. It is the one and only thing you are never without." He raises a good point!
Advice and Inspiration
Sacramento-based trainer Allyson Seconds says that "you don't need weights to get strong." She believes that form is the key and encourages all new comers to "do as many reps as you can with good form, then rest. People tend to have a number set in their mind and they do the number whether the form is good or not. If five burpees are done really impeccably, they can be pretty intense, depending on your skill level. When they're done well, move up to 10."
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Jaime Llopis, owner of CrossFit Sacramento, says a great deal of inspiration can be gained by watching Olympic gymnasts. Some of the fittest people on Earth, they can push and pull their own body weight like it is nothing. "If you think about it, gymnasts are some of the fittest athletes on the planet. ... They just train with their body weight. CrossFit took that and added high intensity." A typical CrossFit circuit may include doing something like five pull-ups, followed by 10 push-ups, then 15 squats, repeating the sequence as fast as you can for 20 minutes, pausing to rest when needed. By the time people make to the end, they are gasping and barely able to move.
The thing with bodyweight exercises is that there are so many options and so many variations on each move that it can suit both newbies and seasoned fitness pros. HIIT style training works for people at all levels. Whether you are looking to lose weight or get stronger, there are moves for you.
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Are a fan of bodyweight exercises? What are your favourite moves?
Source: Executive Style