Weights vs Body Weight Exercise

By on December 17, 2013

You can get a great workout from both and each style has own distinct benefits.

Body weight exercise advocates will say that you can exercise anywhere so you don’t need a gym, well that’s that may be true but by default you are limited to the number of exercises you can actually do and what they don’t realize is that your smaller muscle groups are always being overly challenges which ends up straining your ligaments and joints.

The benefits of weight training is that you can isolate each individual muscle and target it within it’s proper range of motion and with an appropriate weight. You can get a muscle to grow faster and bigger with this isolation technique. Simple fact: look at bodybuilders and functional trainers, big difference even without the steroids.

The benefit of bodyweight exercise is that the muscles throughout your body are triggered at the same time which is great for its cardiovascular effect and making you out of breath. It is great for getting your muscles to recruit and work together strengthening your overall connectivity. When you are fit and have been exercising for years this can be a great form of exercise, but for someone who is not in shape already it is not a great way to “get in shape” because the workload is spread evenly throughout the body which taxes weak areas the same as strong areas leading to injuries.

So full body workouts like boot camps and Crossfit are great for fit people, they can be too difficult for aspiring newbie fitties. The smaller muscles of the body are not strong enough to work with the larger muscles of the body and weaker, previously injured areas cannot handle the pressure of exercises like burpees and plank jacks…and then you end up at the Chiropractor. The best way to incorporate both styles of exercise into a person’s routine is to get the whole body in shape with isolation techniques, then work into compound movements and ultimately incorporate full body routines slowly adding in a few bodyweight movements when someone is ready.


About TheFitnessAnswerMan

The Fitness Answer Man is the online personality founded by Kevin Forrest CPT, FMS Pro Trainer and Master Fitness Trainer for the US Military. He has worked in the fitness industry for 30 years and was one of the first trainers to incorporate the physio ball into people's workouts and helped pioneer in the field of "Core" training. He specializes in movement rehabilitation and uses his experience to help clarify the confusion about diet and exercise that still exists within the fitness industry today.


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      July 3, 2015 at 4:22 am

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