There will always be a new and trendy way to workout. But, all of the fad workouts aside, there are a few rules that will always hold true when you are looking to start (or continue) strength training using your bodyweight. These rules are applicable no matter what your fitness goals are, and what level of strength training experience you have.
Use Your Entire Body
While it’s important to target a specific group of muscles when doing any specific move, that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out how to incorporate as many muscles as possible. There’s a similar principle in yoga: learn to use your whole body with every pose to exercise and tone more efficiently.
The World Is Your (Exercise Equipment) Oyster
When you are bodyweight strength training, you don’t require a gym to get a full workout. The benefit of using your body as “weights” is that you can workout everywhere. Exercises like squats, lunges, and pushups require no equipment whatsoever. The ones that do require some equipment can easily be done without buying anything if you get a little creative. Pull-ups can be done on monkey bars and dips can be done on benches or chairs. Just keep your eyes open; opportunities to workout will present themselves everywhere that you go.
Ramp-up at a Reasonable Rate
Strength training with your bodyweight should be treated no differently than any other strength training or exercise regimen. Make sure that you don’t injure yourself by doing too much too quickly. Track your reps and rest periods, and make sure to increase at a rate that makes sense for your body. Be okay with moving slowly; changes aren’t going to happen overnight.
Diet is Everything
This is the rule that everyone tries to avoid acknowledging. But, it’s true. Maintaining proper nutrition is a key part of any exercise routine. Make sure that you’re eating healthy fats, maintaining a relatively low carb diet (stick to brown rice, whole wheats, etc), and getting the right amount of protein.
For more rules to follow, please refer to the article that inspired this post here.