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BODYWEIGHT WORKOUTS: We've got all the answers!

When you think of strength training, do machines automatically come to mind? Have you ever considered just using your own body weight?

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When it comes to strength training, it might not occur to you that your own body weight is a tool that is available 24/7. If you're looking to build muscle, it's time you considered this practical resource. Take a closer look at this oft-underestimated workout method: you're going to love it!

WHAT EXACTLY ARE BODYWEIGHT WORKOUTS?

Bodyweight workouts are generally synonymous with home strength training for weight training enthusiasts and involve using your own body weight to build muscle. That's right - nothing but your own body! No other additional weights, like dumbbells, are used. However, you can use certain accessories to work your endurance differently, but we'll come back to that later.

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WHY DO BODYWEIGHT WORKOUTS?

Bodyweight workouts are great for many reasons. First, bodyweight exercises rely on polyarticular movements. That means they work several muscle groups at the same time. For example, when doing core work, you'll strengthen your arms, core muscles and legs because these muscles all work together to support your body in the movement. Bodyweight exercises also require “functional” movements such as running, jumping, stretching and contracting your muscles, etc. These exercises will improve your ability to do many other movements, whether for a specific sport or just your everyday life! You'll improve your posture and physical endurance as well as develop a more balanced silhouette.

If your workouts never go longer than half an hour, that means they're intense. It's important to start slow and build up. Begin with 10 to 15 minutes of exercises, then ramp up the time as you gain strength and endurance! Lastly, bodyweight exercises are great for everyone. This type of training is the perfect complement to any other physical activity, like running.

WITH OR WITHOUT EQUIPMENT: IT'S UP TO YOU!

Bodyweight workouts may use certain equipment, although you won't be using any machines like those you find at the gym where you add on weight. The Domyos DST suspension strap, dip bar training station and core sliders can take your workouts to the next level. We'll tell you more about all that later!

While you don't actually need any equipment at all, using accessories can help you work your muscles harder and differently. Adding on accessories is a good idea once you've been doing bodyweight workouts for a few weeks. That will give you enough time to get your body used to the workouts and ready for more!

If you don't want to use any equipment, but still want to make your workouts harder, you can simply change your range of movement when doing the exercises: for example, bring your hands closer together when doing press-ups and you'll quickly feel the difference!

Now, we know what you're going to say – that there's one obvious drawback to this type of workout: you can't increase your workout load without gaining weight. That's true – and that's certainly not the goal! Bodyweight workouts are meant to help you lose weight. You'll gain muscle while losing fat. Great, right?

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OUR FAVOURITE EXERCISES

To give you an intro to bodyweight workouts, we've got six exercises for you: three without equipment and three with equipment.

Bodyweight exercises without equipment:

Bodyweight exercises with equipment:

Bodyweight workouts are a fantastic way to get some exercise at home because you can do them anywhere and don't need any equipment. If you think you lack discipline, doing them at the gym can keep you motivated. It doesn't matter whether you're alone or with a group: the key thing is to reach your goals!

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Manon

daughter, sister and partner of cyclists. Trail runner* brought up in the great outdoors, who has practised sport from a very young age. In the process of becoming an ultra trail* runner. Marathon runner and 2013 Junior French 10,000 m race walking champion. Obsessed with stories about sportsmen and sportswomen.