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Going Back to Basics with Bodyweight Training

Going Back to Basics with Bodyweight Training

Joan Schnorf

Bodyweight training – or using a person’s own heft to generate strength – is a building block of physical fitness. It is simple, adaptable, and – because our muscle mass continues to wither as we age – absolutely essential to any and every workout routine you will ever take part in.

Bodyweight training works out multiple muscle groups simultaneously, unlike weight machines which tend to target specific areas. Consider it the greatest hits collection of strength workouts. The following exercises fall under its purview:

  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Rows
  • Plank workouts

What’s more, bodyweight training typically requires no equipment whatsoever. And as with many other forms of strength training, its benefits not only include building muscle and burning fat and calories, but also:

  • Stress relief
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased oxygen use by muscles
  • Decreased joint pain
  • Greater energy for additional exercises, such as cardio

When starting a fitness program, it is critical that you discover what your capacity is for handling your own weight. Ideally, you will ascertain this knowledge long before you lay hands on a barbell or weight bench.

There are virtually thousands of bodyweight training variations you can try. The trick is to master the basics, then build up speed, increasing difficulty as you progress.

At Fitness Together Ellicott City, we specialize in TRX Suspension Training, a form of bodyweight exercise developed and perfected by NAVY Seals. Also known simply as suspension training, TRX utilizes straps that dangle from a hook.

Our clients put their feet or hands in the strap’s loops and then raise and lower themselves into various positions, their own bodyweight providing resistance. Suspension training such as TRX comes with the added benefit of mobility. This requires an individual to exert more effort and energy to stabilize his or her body. More calories are burned. More muscle is built.

Bodyweight training, such as TRX Suspension Training, works out almost all of your body’s muscle groups. If that sounds challenging, it is. Rewarding, too. Call us today at 410-750-2228, or stop by the studio for more information.

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