Body weight training is definitely an essential component to building overall fitness. Teaching the client how to move their body mass under their own power can build strength in the joints, connective tissues and the sinews. These same goals can be accomplished with weight training but there maybe a situation where body weight training is a more expedient exercise modality in the initial stages. The advanced exerciser as well as the beginner can benefit from body weight training
Some examples of Advanced Body Weight Exercises versus Resistance exercises are:
Push-ups (Feet at shoulder height when arms are fully extended) vs. Bench Pressing
Pull-ups vs. Lat Pull Downs
Dips (Chest Up with internally rotated humeri) vs. Triceps Press down
An advanced exerciser ÔÇÿshould’ be able to exhibit biomechanical abilities and kinesthetic awareness beyond those of a novice exerciser. However, depending on the goals of the client, body weight training can be, more or less incorporated into the regimen of the advanced exerciser.
Body weight training should absolutely be part and parcel of a healthy, beginning exerciser’s regimen. The beginning exerciser will become more aware of what their body is capable of doing. The beginning exerciser will learn how to consciously initiate, effectively control, and properly cease motion as it relates to exercise. As the qualities develop, then external resistances can be added to the mix.
We want our clients to be better because of our training. We as trainers should teach proper movement, applicable biomechanics and the kinesthetic aspects of body weight training to our clients. Be they beginner or advanced exercisers, our clients can greatly benefit from this exercise modality.
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Good answers. I agree that one’s boy weight is often sufficient overload to provide adequate resistance for several different exercises, especially those just beginning an exercise program. The key, as Susan suggests, is to follow your findings as you do initial and within-program assessments.