Body Weight Exercise Myths

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Body weight exercises are becoming popular in conditioning the body.  However, because of its popularity, numerous myths have surrounded  it.  This article aims to clear out the myths concerning body weight training.

 

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Body weight Training Myth #1: The Only Way to Lose Fat with Body weight Training is to Perform Super High Repetitions

A lot of people stick to basic pushups, pullups, and bodyweight squats. Whenever they feel that the workout gets too easy for them, they simply add more repetition or add sets.  However, the problem starts when the exercise gets too long.

The best way to lose fat using bodyweight exercises is to make your workouts more intense and challenging. Bodyweight exercises should be performed with the use of intensity techniques such as circuit training. Circuit training is where you choose 4 or more exercises and performs them back to back with little to no rest in between each exercise.

 Bodyweight Training Myth #2: Bodyweight Exercise is another Form of Cardio

Most people think that they are just the same.  Perhaps, they are mistaking bodyweight exercises with calisthenics.  Calisthenics is aerobic exercises that use your own bodyweight. Exercises such as jumping jacks, run in place, and high knees categorize as calisthenics. Bodyweight training is strength exercises that use your own bodyweight.

Pushups, pullups, and bodyweight squats are the most popular bodyweight exercises. Both bodyweight exercises and calisthenics helps you to lose fat.

 Bodyweight Training Myth #3: There’s No way You can Burn fat and Build Lean Muscle mass at the Same time with Bodyweight Exercises

People think that weight lifting in the gym is the only way to burn fat and gain muscle mass. That is not true!  If you use exercises challenges you enough, then you can easily burn fat and build muscle at the same time.

The only way to lose weight and build muscle mass is through organizing difficult movements into workouts that use high intensity techniques. Circuit training is a good example of workouts that employ high intensity techniques.  Another one is Interval training which is very popular among athletes.  Interval training is simply alternating between periods of high and low intensity training intervals.

Bodyweight Training Myth #4: Bodyweight Exercises won’t work if you’re Overweight or Obese

Most obese people don’t like to perform bodyweight exercises simply because they can’t lift their own weight.  They lack the mobility needed to perform the exercise.  A great way to achieve mobility is through chair squats.   Chair squat is simple since you only need to sit on a chair, and get up.

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