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Right now, due to the ongoing global pandemic crisis in the world people are forced to stay at home. Gyms and Fitness Centers are closed. As a result, people are looking for alternatives that will keep them fit and in shape in lockdown. But are these bodyweight alternatives as effective as the machines in the gym. I did bodyweight workout for a month and here are some of the pros and cones that will help you understand if they are vital alternatives for machines.

What are bodyweight exercises?

Bodyweight exercises are practically all exercises that use the weight of your own body as resistance. Typical exercises are pull-ups, push-ups, rowing, planks, and squats. But there are thousands of other bodyweight exercises that can be done anywhere which makes them a suitable alternative for machines and dumbbells.

Pros Of Bodyweight Exercises

The biggest advantage of bodyweight training is that it can be done anywhere and anytime. You don’t need any fancy equipments just you and a positive attitude. Apart from this Bodyweight exercises are a great way to improve functional strength of the body. When you perform bodyweight exercises, you typically work your body as a unit. The muscle works together in synergy to perform the movement.

Cons Of Bodyweight Exercises

There’s hardly any cons when it comes to bodyweight training, it has so much to offer. The only thing I could think is that it is hard to progress when you reach a certain level. The movements somewhat get tougher and it can take weeks to learn new ones. One other thing that I noticed about weight training is that it’s hard to train your quads and hamstrings. After weeks in the program, I was out of options and had to rely on squats, lunges which by no means bad and are the best one but only if they’re progressively overloaded.

Are They Enough?

I was one of those people who always thought that you can’t get fit and strong with bodyweight exercises. I was more tilted towards lifting heavy weights and machine specific workouts. But after doing them for a month I can say that they’re sufficient to make you strong and keep you fit if you’re ready to go the distance.


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