Can You Do Bodyweight Exercises Everyday?
Did you know that bodyweight training was named the number eight fitness trend of 2022 by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal?
It’s true! Contrary to popular gym myth, bodyweight workouts are a great way to build muscle mass and increase endurance! While a weight training routine is necessary to see big results, using your bodyweight remains a great supplement to high-volume strength training.
“The best tool you have is your own body,” says trainer Kira Stokes, creator of The Stoked Method. Stokes is a huge advocate of bodyweight exercises, with hundreds of unique moves in her arsenal (like these 31 plank moves!). But she believes only focusing on bodyweight workouts has its downfalls. “You become limited in what you can offer your body,” she says.
Doing crunches and push-ups takes proper form and strength, and they’re not so easy for us average gym-goers. It’s important to work all planes of movement in your body, and that can be difficult if you’re not super strong in specific, target areas. That’s where bodyweight exercise comes in.
Fitness as a whole has moved away from that, emphasizing the popular phrase “train movement over muscle,” Stokes says. “But I believe you’ve got to train muscle in order to train movement.”
Weight work, she emphasizes, is the training necessary to control, lift, and lower your own body weight. To really challenge your body, know how to incorporate both weights and movement into your routine.
However, there’s always a risk of losing strength if you focus solely on bodyweight movements, depending on your individual fitness level. While many of us might improve and gain strength from some beginner exercises, those who are already confident in their form and technique might actually decrease in strength if they completely ignore weight training.
Overall: if you’ve recently abandoned traditional weight-training for at-home bodyweight exercises, you might consider heading back to CINCOfit and re-familiarizing yourself with that barbell.
Workout at CINCOfit today! We’re open 24 hours, 7 days a week to serve your fitness needs. Learn about exercise routines, proper nutrition, and personal training options with us. We offer the Katy community a space for a hassle-free, crowd-free experience, with absolutely no contracts and low rates! Stop by our two convenient locations in Cinco Ranch and talk to us about opportunities at CINCOfit.