For someone who is starting their fitness journey or for someone who has many years training, bodyweight exercises are always a staple.
One day I found out some videos on YouTube about calisthenics and all the guys looked amazing, lean and in really good shape, I finished watching the video and I stood up and tried to do some pushups, for my surprise I couldn´t do any… not even one. I felt so weak and angry and realized how could that happened if some years ago I could do 50 pushups?
I practiced Karate for about 11 years since I was 5 and I was able to do 50 pushups, squats, dips and bodyweight rows. Remembering this got me really angry, I wanted to be able to do that same amount of reps on each exercise and increase weight with weighted vest to go low rep.
Bodyweight exercises are one of the best exercises to get in amazing shape for many different reasons, there are variables for each exercise for any fitness level from the simple versions for beginners to more advance versions and we can do them anywhere.
Bodyweight exercises have so many benefits and they can reduce injuries when exercising, with any bodyweight exercise you are moving your body through space and it requires more strength and balance, but since they are compound movements or multi-joint exercises you are working several muscles at the same time and the range of motion is more natural which reduce stress on the joints and avoid injuries.
If you think about what type of exercise can get you in amazing shape and help you build an amazing physique it´s bodyweight, when you start you´ll find all exercises so hard to do and you may feel terrible, you may feel so weak and like failure but don´t give up, we never give up! When you start you know it will be hard and challenging even the most simple versions but that´s how we all begin, with time you start losing fat (if you´re following a right diet program) and you realize that as you lose weight and get stronger the easier all exercises get. As you lose fat and get in better shape, you weigh less so you need to push or carry less weight in the exercises, this is a great motivation to stay lean.
When you´re starting your fitness journey you´re are out of shape and you don´t want to go to the gym because you feel embarrassed so what you can do is start in your home with bodyweight exercises as resistance training and a couple of 10 to 15 minute walks every day for cardio, this helps lose fat and get in shape, with this our self-confidence increases and then you can go to the gym to add more exercises like compound movements and isolation.
We all need to be able to do bodyweight exercises and yoga which both take a lot of skills like strength and balance, when we can control our body and our mind we are able to achieve amazing things in life, it´s amazing the physique we can build just by working on getting stronger and progressing through all different variations of each exercise and we add some yoga poses we learn new skills that will also help us in our day to day.
We know that starting a weight loss journey is hard, you need to start doing physical activity at some point, usually 3 or 4 weeks after changing your diet so with exercise you need to start with small challenges, you do need to challenge yourself in order for it to change but this does not mean that you need to suffer or put yourself at risk of injuries. You can start by doing 10 pushups using a wall instead of the floor, and 10 squats using a chair to help you. Try this for a couple of weeks and let us know how you feel by leaving a comment down below and on Twitter.
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