Every time I take a walk around my neighborhood, I see new gyms opening here and there. I assume that this is not something specific to my living area. In fact, it seems to be happening all around the world, especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic. But, I also see a lot of bodyweight training parks being built, and the old ones are full of people working on their physical capabilities.
Everyone feels like this is a positive change in our society, and it brings a smile to my face. So many people are starting to understand the importance of working out and training to improve strength, stamina, and health. However, the gym is not the only place where people can work out. There are many other alternatives out there thanks to bodyweight training.
However, for many, getting into bodyweight exercises is not as simple as exercising at the gym. Sure, you still need to have some kind of knowledge on all the different machines you can find at the gym, but it is still much simpler than mastering the different forms of bodyweight training.
So, it is easier to get started working out in a gym and weightlifting can provide you with much faster and better development than bodyweight workouts, so why should you ever consider it? Well, there are several very significant benefits from such workouts and I am going to tell you all about them.
Bodyweight exercises increase mobility
One of my favorite benefits of BW (bodyweight) training is the fact that a person can acquire a lot more mobility in the legs and arms. The level of the body’s flexibility and mobility increases considerably. Unfortunately, this cannot be achieved as easily while lifting weights. You would need to dedicate additional time to exercises that focus entirely on mobility or flexibility.
With BW workouts, you can achieve a huge amount of mobility while gaining endurance and strength at the same time. It is an all-in-one exercise that boosts your body’s performance in every aspect.
Considerable strength and Endurance Improvement
A lot of people will say that weightlifting is always the superior choice because of how much strength and muscle you can build in a very short period of time. And of course, that is entirely true. What you can achieve with barbell curls in a month would take you two or three months with chin-ups or other exercises for biceps.
However, weightlifting is still not the clear winner here. Obviously, there are several other benefits of doing BW workouts. You can obtain a considerable amount of strength while doing pushups, chin-ups, pull-ups, and inverted rows while obtaining a lot of endurance too. Like I previously mentioned, it is an all-in-one type of workout for your body.
In the end, it is up to you to decide whether BW or weightlifting is better for your body goals. If you are aiming for pure strength, weights are your obvious option. Although, if you want an overall improvement, bodyweight training is the solution.
Activates a lot more muscles
Another very clear and vital benefit of exercises such as pushups or chin-ups is the fact that you activate a lot more muscles while doing them. Sure, chin-ups do specifically hit the biceps and triceps, but they also activate your lats, forearms, and several other muscles.
Combine chin-ups with several other exercises and you get full-body muscle workout in just half an hour. The exercises are not targeting just one muscle group as many weight-based machines do.
Although, not every machine at the gym is equal. It is important to understand that there are definitely some machines that are much superior to regular bodyweight exercises.
You can do it at home
For me, this is the number one reason why I love bodyweight exercising. There is no need to get up in the morning, prepare, go to the gym, and then come back home. I just get up in the morning, do a little bit of stretching and I am ready for exercising. The entire workout session can be done at home. Most of the time you will not even need any kind of equipment.
These are several other benefits of BW training, but I believe these are the most significant advantages over going to the gym or weightlifting. Obviously, every type of training has its own benefits. There is no superior option. The choice you make should heavily depend on your goals and whichever you find more practical.