The debate of bodyweight versus weight lifting exercises is one of the biggest in fitness. In fact, you will find people on the internet arguing over it for days and days seemingly without getting anywhere.
So to help you understand the difference between the two and to help you decided which is best for you let’s see what their pros and cons are:
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First, let’s start with bodyweight exercises:
– Bodyweight exercises very convenient and effective. You don’t need a gym membership or any equipment since all you’ll be using as your resistance is your body.
– Also, since bodyweight exercises are fairly simple in their movements, it’s usually easy to prevent injuries. This is especially important for beginners that are new to resistance training and more prone to errors in form. Here bodyweight training tends to be much more forgiving and won’t lead to injuries as fast.
– Lastly, bodyweight exercises are very easy to modify and can be adapted to different strength levels so they can be used by beginners and advanced trainees alike.
What about weight training exercises:
– Because you will be lifting higher weight loads when doing weight exercises you will be able to build muscle at a faster than normal rate.
– Specific exercises with loaded weights are perfect to strengthen muscular imbalances because you can target individual muscles, which is a lot harder with bodyweight exercises.
– And lastly, it is generally more easy to progress with weight training exercises because all you have to do is add a weight plate to the bar instead of finding a more difficult variation of a bodyweight exercise
So what the verdict? Which one is better?
As so often in life there isn’t a clear-cut answer to this questions because it really depends on your preference and lifestyle. If you don’t like gyms and want to train wherever and whenever you prefer than bodyweight exercises are definitely the way to go.
If you do have access to a good gym and want the fastest possible results however than weight training will be your better bet. I actually do both, especially because I travel a lot and often don’t have access to a gym.