Life can be very busy at times and having spare time to go to the gym can be hard to find. That is why using your body as your gym can be such powerful tool and you can do this in the comfort of your own home. The idea behind my website www.bodyzone.ie is using your body as your own gym and having no barriers to entry with regards to exercise. I love the challenge and buzz you get after a bodyweight workout. Think of those wet, cold wintery mornings that you really do not want to leave the house. Well as hard as it may be to not turn over in bed, simple get up and get moving. Using gravity and your body's natural resistance is an amazing way to kick up your metabolism, while toning the body in all the right places.
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Benefits of Home Bodyweight Training
- No monthly gym fees required.
- Inexpensive (gym mat required)
- Saves time by eliminating traveling to and from the gym.
- Convenience — training in the comfort of your own home.
- No queuing to use your favourite piece of gym equipment.
Is Bodyweight Training Effective?
Simply put, yes. Once you are prepared to put 100% effort into your workout the benefits are real. Bodyweight training is low impact on the body, meaning you are less likely to injure yourself. People forget to realise that in order to back squat (with weights) you need to be able to perform a bodyweight squat with correct form. The same goes for push ups, do not underestimate how difficult and challenging a push up can be. These can be modified for beginners levels. (see video).
See the workout below for one of my go to bodyweight workouts.
4-5 Rounds with 30 seconds between rounds
- 20 Air squat
- 10 Squat + leg side raise (10 each leg)
- 15 Tricep dip
- 20 Plank arm raise (10 each arm)
- 20 Low plank hip dips (10 each side)
- 15 Sit ups + 2 punches
- 10 Push up (modified)
Bodyweight Exercises to get the Heart Rate Up
Plank jacks, mountain climbers, jumping lunges, jump squat's and burpee's are all examples great bodyweight conditioning exercises. These movements will be sure to get you sweating in no time, which means you are increasing your metabolic rate (heart). To challenge yourself as you progress with bodyweight workouts you need to increase the rounds you complete and also reduce the rest time between rounds.
My favourite GREEN juice recipe
This is my favourite daily GREEN juice NUTRIBULLET recipe, you can use any blender you have.
1. Handful spinach
2. Cucumber (aprox a thumb and a half)
3. 1 Celery stick
4. 1 Green apple
5. Lump of ginger
6. Lemon squeezed
7. Cold water
· Peel the skin off all fruit and vegetables
· Chop all ingredients into small parts
· Add to the blender and add cold water to the water line mark
Add a green juice to your daily diet
All the looks in this blog post are from Fitgymwear