According to the ACSM, bodyweight training is one of the hottest trends in the fitness industry.
Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment, making it more affordable.
Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness. Everything from getting up in the morning, walking a flight of stairs, crawling like a lizard and sprinting in sports, fals into this category.
I’ve been performing bodyweight exercises for every level of function, from fitness enthusiast to professional athlete alike, for as long as I have been a trainer. I believe that controlling one’s own body through three dimensional, ninja like suppleness, is the secret to longevity, quality of life, movement efficiency, mobility and most athletic performance.
So, what constitutes a bodyweight exercise? Like any trend to enter the fitness industry, bodyweight training has its roots in uncomplicated movement based training, but has evolved into a wide scope with the greatest attention being paid towards high functioning activities. Therefore, for many reading this, bodyweight training probably conjures up visuals of gymnastics, TRX / suspension training, lunging, squatting, pushing and pulling bodies around playground implements, Power Yoga, and / or primal movement patterns such as walking like a monkey and crawling like a lizard. Here’s a link representing the latest trend (i.e. primal movement) in bodyweight training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Wr7HsylE0 . I believe 100% in movement based
training, but I can assure you, most people who attempt any of the movements on the previous video will either a) fail and / or b) are likely to get injured doing so. The reasons and rationale are too long for this article, but in simplistic terms:
- Nearly all of us suffer from the sitting disease
- Nearly all of us lack muscle reactivity & springiness, particularly adults and inactive youth
- We all possess specific movement deficiencies that must be assessed and corrected
- The muscles, fascia, joint and joint articular motions must be prepared for success via progressive overload.