If you’ve never tried a bodyweight workout, you may not realize how efficient and effective they can be. You don’t need to hoist a barbell with twice your bodyweight on your shoulders to develop some muscle tone.
While not as popular as it was before the fitness boom of the 80s, bodyweight training is regaining some of its past glory thanks to the rise in popularity of Crossfit, Tabata, and HIIT workouts.
Here’s a few reasons why you should try bodyweight training, and some of the best bodyweight workouts for legs.
Benefits Of Bodyweight Workouts
Two major benefits of bodyweight workouts are time and convenience. You don’t need to drive to a gym or invest in expensive equipment when all you want is a 10 minute workout. This makes bodyweight workouts ideal for when you’re short on time or traveling.
Lean Muscle Mass
Resistance training is often associated with lifting heavy weights, but bodyweight exercises are also in this category. Instead of a fat burning workout, bodyweight training will help build lean muscle mass and can help you look more “toned” without excessive muscle bulk.
Easy On The Joints
Lifting heavy weights, and using gym equipment, is definitely going to help build muscle mass but it’s also stressful on your joints. Bodyweight workouts offer a more natural range of motion, that doesn’t involve barbells or cable machines placing your joints in stressful angles.
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Best Bodyweight Workouts For Legs
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