Do You Need To Lift Weights To Build A Lean Muscular Body?

If you are going to spend time working out, then you want to make sure that you are using the right types of exercise in order to gain the maximum results from your efforts. One critical element of any exercise is to make sure the exercise provides enough stimulus to your muscles. Stimulus is any stress or load that’s placed on your muscles that causes your muscles to grow bigger and stronger.
This is why most people assume you have to lift weights in order to build lean muscle. Many people also think that the heavier you lift the better, because you can build more muscle. But weight training is NOT the only way to effectively build lean muscle mass.

In fact, it may be hard to believe, but doing body weight exercises can be just as effective at building a lean muscular physique.

Body Weight Exercises Activates Muscles You Never Knew You Had…

Body weight exercises force you to be more creative in order to progress. With weight training, you simply need to add more weight to the barbell to increase the intensity. But, body weight training, requires more fine adjustments to make progress, which results in improvement of overall strength and flexibility.

For example, if you can easily do 20 reps with a barbell, then it makes sense to add more weight to increase the intensity. On the other hand, if you can easily do 20 pull-ups, then you can look for ways to switch it up: wear a weight belt, change your grip, do them faster or slower, or practice one-arm pull-ups. Instead of doing the same repetitive movements over and over again, bodyweight exercises help to improve your creativity and change up your exercise routine at the same time. This enables you to activate different muscles in your body that otherwise wouldn’t be stimulated and as a result, helps build a more lean muscular overall physique.

Benefits of Body Weight Exercises If you’re still on the fence about bodyweight training, here are some benefits of using bodyweight exercises in your fitness routine:

  • More muscles are activated during the bodyweight exercise. Consider the idea of laying on a bench to bench-press heavyweight: in this position, your chest and arms are doing all the work, because the rest of your body is supported by the bench. On the other hand, a pushup works similar muscles in the chest and arms, but you also need to engage your core and other muscles in order to hold yourself off the ground.
  • Better mind-body awareness is achieved through bodyweight exercises because they require that you focus on the minute movements of your body. You can gain more awareness of your muscle movements when you are paying close attention to the various motions that are occurring during the exercise. Take single-leg squats for instance: you have to have great balance and enough strength and flexibility to squat all the way down and back up. In fact, many people who perform heavy squats don’t have enough flexibility, balance, and strength to be able to perform a full single-leg squat.
  • Many people experience improved agility, speed, and functional strength by doing bodyweight exercises. Exercises like lunges, squat jumps and pull-ups help build functional muscles that transfer over to real-life activities like running, jumping, and climbing much better than doing weight-lifting exercises like leg extensions, bench presses, and bicep curls.

Convenience of Body Weight Exercises

There are many different types of bodyweight exercises that you can do. Some of the more common exercises you can do are squats, lunges, jumping jacks, planks, pull-ups, and push-ups. The great thing about bodyweight exercises is that you can perform them anywhere since you don’t need any equipment.

At Red Frog Fitness there are no fancy machines. We only use our own body weight, some basic equipment, and the environment around us. It is back to the basics workouts designed to push you beyond your expectations. Whether you are training for Tough Mudder or have never done a single push-up, every exercise is adjusted to match your fitness level. The result will be a stronger, leaner, and more balanced body.

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