I use to do body weight training and resistance bands exclusively; no weights. As a result, I burned fat and got some good definition and some muscle. But, after awhile I plateaued and didn’t really seem to gain any size until I started listening to Clay and Zack, eating right, and lifting weights.
I’m not saying you won’t see results if you do body weight training. You’re probably doing some form of body weight training already! For example: push-ups, pull-ups, crunches/sit-ups. It can be a great starting point if you’re new to the fitness world and are looking to improve your health. It’s especially useful if you have limited access to equipment or travel a lot. It gave me a great foundation to get started when I was ready to lift weights.
I still do body weight training, only now I use it to supplement my regular weight training. In the afternoons I’ll hit the gym and in the evenings, when I’m training Karate or if I’m at home, I’ll do some body weight stuff to supplement whatever muscle groups I hit that day.
If you’re interested in this technique and want to try it out, there’s a book I read called Convict Conditioning. It may look and sound silly, but I’m telling you there is some great information and it’s a quick read. It takes you through different variations of exercises and they get a little harder as you progress through the workouts. (P.S. Don’t be like me and try to do them all the first day because you will be so sore that you won’t want to get out of bed the next day)
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