Can you replace gym workouts with body weight home workouts?
Yes. Body weight workouts can be an incredible way of adding variety to
your workouts. Body weight workouts can be done at home, at the gym, or
at a park...
The point is, your own body weight can be used in forcing new muscle growth without the use of weights.
Whether your goal is weight loss or to build some serious muscle gains, do not underestimate the power of body weight workouts.
Adding resistance to body weight workouts.
Some believe that dumbbells or barbells are the only way to go, due to the fact that you can add resistance by increasing the weight. But let us not forget that resistance can come in other forms than just increasing the weight of your lifts.
Slowing your movement down, by taking an extra two seconds to move up or down, can add a lot of resistance.
Another way to add resistance is to pause at the top of the movement.
For example, when you're doing a push-up, and when the elbow is fully extended, the body is fully lifted off from the ground, pause for 2 to 4 seconds, and flex the muscles.
Most people who do body weight workouts, rush through, and don't take the time to isolate the muscles correctly.
Make what seems to be an easy exercise, harder...
Increase the reps each time you do your body weight workout. When it feels is though you can do more than 20 reps, do the following for muscle growth:
Do 1 of these techniques, or all of these body weight techniques, to increase muscle mass.
Pause at the top of every repetition.
Move slower - Use this tempo: 4-2-4. 4 seconds up, 2 second pause, 4 seconds down...
The point of this article, is to help you think outside the box, and to have a little more freedom in the design of each and every workout, here on out.
If you like the gym, keep on going...
But for those of you who are tired of the gym atmosphere, stay tuned, we have more articles on building muscle without the use of a gym, or without the use of any weight lifting equipment.