Exercise programs can be very complex. After all, they are trying to create a series of circumstances to manipulate the human body to make the changes you want. However, most bodyweight exercise programs are lacking proper design to get the results you want.
Make no mistake about it… bodyweight only workouts can improve fitness and health, burn off fat and build athletic muscle. As a matter of fact, bodyweight exercises and calisthenics should be a part of every well designed workout program. Unfortunately, many exercisers fail to create programs with the care and thought required to get the most out of their training. This is a big mistake that is keeping you from reaching your fitness, fat loss and physique building goals using only your own bodyweight as resistance.
Apply Weight Training Goals To Your Bodyweight Exercise Program
If you’ve done any weight training, then you know the programs can be quite complex. Exercise selection, sets, reps, rest periods, tempo and a whole host of other factors come into play. And the unending combination of factors is what keeps people in the fitness industry debating and arguing over what is the “best” way to train.
When you boil it down, what you find is that resistance training is normally based on the goal the training is supposed to achieve. There are weight training programs for fat loss. There are programs for muscle growth. There are programs for performance enhancement. But shockingly, you don’t see the same distinctions when looking at bodyweight exercise programs.
Bodyweight workouts are looked at by many as warm ups or just as a calisthenics routine for general fitness. This is a mistake. The way you design your bodyweight workout program should be the same as a weight lifting program. The exercises, sets, reps and way you perform the workout should be based on your goals. This is the only way to ensure you are getting the most from your bodyweight training efforts.
Your bodyweight program should be designed to get the results you want. if you want to lose fat, get stronger, build muscle or create a high-performance body… the program should be designed for that purpose. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because you can change the weight you are using you can’t design the workout to target specific goals.
Your Bodyweight Exercise Program Should Combine Resistance And Cardio Training
Since we are comparing weight training to bodyweight training, I want to bring up on very important point. Weight training programs are normally split up into resistance training and cardio. Doing your weight lifting followed by 20 minutes of cardio is a staple in most gyms. But if you want to truly work you entire body (all your muscles, heart and lungs) at the same time they you need to break out of this for of training at some point.
Bodyweight exercises are a great way to make the transition from separate resistance and cardio training. Since you are using your own bodyweight, you don’t need to change weights or equipment. Therefore, you can go from a fast paced calisthenics exercise to a more difficult strength exercise fluidly. And by blurring the lines between strength and endurance training you will start to achieve the type of fitness needed to meet every challenge of sport, work and life with excellence and create the attractive body you desire. (And isn’t that really why you train so hard?)
Make No Mistake…
A properly designed bodyweight workout program can do everything a weight training program can do… if it is designed correctly!
If your bodyweight exercise program is only comprised of a series of exercises done for a number of reps and sets… you’re not getting the most out of your bodyweight training. Your bodyweight program should be created specifically to get the goals you want, should have a logical progression and push you to become the best you can be. Just as much care should be put into designing a bodyweight only workout as a weight lifting workout… otherwise you won’t get the results you deserve.