Using Your Bodyweight to Boost Your Fitness

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Equipment Free Workouts with Your Bodyweight

Whilst our gyms are closed, we’re encouraging our members to continue working on their fitness and to keep pushing themselves to achieve amazing things just as they were before we closed our gyms. You might have limited amount of equipment or have none at all but that’s not a problem. There are plenty of ways that you can use just your bodyweight to exercise in the comfort of your own home or your garden and still make positive steps on your fitness journey.

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Useful Bodyweight Exercise to Try at Home

The possibilities with bodyweight exercises is endless. They’re also very simple exercises that everyone can perform no matter their fitness ability and strength. Bodyweight exercises require nothing expect yourself. No need for anything else. If you’re new to exercise or a gym veteran, bodyweight exercises can be really useful to include in your daily exercise routine at home or at the gym. Once our gyms reopen, keep performing these type of exercises as they’ll help with day-to-day tasks and your general health.

Some of the best bodyweight exercises for your lower body are squats, lunges, glute bridges, donkey kicks and jumping squats. These all push your muscles to work harder in your lower body and increase strength and mobility. If you’d like to work on your upper body, you’ll want to do exercises such a press ups, back raises, tricep dips and pull ups. All of these can be performed using just your bodyweight and have an amazing impact on your strength, muscle definition and general fitness. To really work your core and tone your stomach, bodyweight abs exercises are really effective. This means exercises such as sit ups, crunches, shoulder taps and scissor kicks.

Once you’ve got the basic moves mastered, this is when you can push yourself slightly out of your comfort zone and use weights and other machines and equipment to help you smash your goals and make positive growth on your fitness journey.

Neglecting Bodyweight is Neglecting Your Goals

Sometimes people think to get bigger and stronger you have to be using weights. Of course, weights are important in regards to this and are the catalyst for muscle growth and muscle definition but this will be difficult to do without having a strong base.

If you’re lifting heavy, perform bodyweight exercises to help you warm up and ease your muscles into the workout. If you’re new to the gyms and exercises, bodyweight exercises help to build up a strong foundation. For example, to work on your upper body strength, start with bodyweight press ups either laid flat or on your knees. Once you’ve built up enough confidence and strength to complete multiple sets of these quite easily, you can then move onto much more challenging exercises such as a bench press or chest fly.

You can make amazing progress just by using your bodyweight so try not to neglect these type of exercises and movements. Sometimes people think by doing bodyweight exercise that they’re not making progress when in fact, you’re making amazing progress and building strong foundations across your body to help you with running, weight training, group exercises class or general daily tasks.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

Whilst you might be missing your favourite piece of equipment from your Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. If you usually rush over to the squat rack, follow a Leg Circuit in your living room of bodyweight lunges, squats and glute bridges and keep going until your muscles give in. If you’re a big fan of cardio training on the stair climbers, why not follow a HIIT workout guide packed with bodyweight moves to raise your heart rate and burn calories fast? Plus, all of our quality equipment and facilities will be waiting for you upon your return.

We’ve put together a wide range of  @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes. You might just fall in love with a type of training that you never tried before.

Whatever you’re doing at the moment, try your best to establish a positive exercises routine, stay safe, look after your mental health and we’ll see you once we reopen.

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