The great thing about bodyweight exercises is that whether you’re a beginner, or a seasoned athlete, there’s always a way to make things challenging. The progressions in these exercises are very straightforward too. Take this video for example – we have progressions for jumping jacks, push-ups, and mountain climbers. We recommend that beginners start at the first progression (which will always be the first version of an exercise we demonstrate).
Remember, our bodies are meant to move. In fact, so much so that movement is medicine and the cure for many bio-mechanical ailments. The number of positive effects bodyweight exercises have are too many to list. They are safe because you’re only using your own body weight, and you’re learning to control yourself better. On top of all that, injury prevention is a huge score to win from these routines. As we’re all aware of, most injuries come from either sports or lifting heavier weights. But you’ll rarely hear about a bodyweight exercise causing an injury.
Lastly, to bust a common myth – you definitely can build muscle with bodyweight exercises. Of course, there are other ways to do so – but remember that you can always modify the progression to make things more challenging. For example, with the push-up you can do them from your knees (easy), your toes (medium), and with your feet elevated on a platform (difficult). All it takes is a bit of creativity and understanding on how to work the muscles. Remember, the world is your gym with this one. That means you can do these exercises anywhere you want. No need to worry about equipment.
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