The Benefits of Bodyweight Training

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Sports Medicine Weekly

While fancy new gym equipment and trendy fitness classes come and go, we’ll always have a tool that we can exercise with at any time and in any place: our own bodies. Bodyweight training (or strength training exercises that do not require free weights or machines) ranked second on The American College of Sports Medicine’s survey of the top 20 global fitness trends for 2014. Even though this is only the second year that bodyweight training has made it on the list, using our own body’s weight to stay in shape is nothing new.

Some people may be skeptical of a workout that uses no expensive machines or heavy weights, but research shows bodyweight workouts improve strength, endurance, and power, and–if done right–can burn through major calories.  Read on for some convincing reasons to incorporate bodyweight exercise into your workout routine.

Six Bodyweight Benefits

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