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Can You Build Muscle Using Your Own Body Weight?

posted Nov 21, 2020

by Mohit Pabbi

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There is a big interest at the moment in building muscle using your own body weight, especially as so many people are now opting to swap their local gym for workouts at home. In fact, even those who are using online personal training courses are interested in building muscle using body weight as it reduces the reliance on expensive equipment. Luckily, it’s definitely possible to build a fair amount of muscle using your own body weight. 

 

How to Build Muscle Using Your Own Body Weight

It’s not simply a case of doing a handful of workouts over and over again, and expecting to see increased muscle. In order to build muscle using your own body weight, you need to increase the number of reps you are doing and decrease rest times. This, along with increasing the time your body spends under tension, ensures your body is working hard and relying on its own weight. It’s also beneficial to keep workouts varied, such as adding in different movements and trying different activities. Any movement using only your body weight can be beneficial to building muscle. Making small changes, such as moving the position of your hands, can make a movement more difficult and therefore encourage your muscles to work harder. 

 

At The Sweat Coach Woking, I am a big proponent of the benefits that come from using your body weight to build muscle. For one, it’s a convenient way to workout. Rather than spending time getting ready and travelling to the gym, you can complete these workouts wherever you are as no equipment is required. It’s also important to remember that body weight exercises are helpful for everyday life, as these improve flexibility and mobility. It won’t be long before you notice it becoming easier to carry heavy shopping bags or carrying your child from A to B. 

 

There are a lot of different body weight exercises to choose from, and they can all be tailored to suit your personal physical abilities. As your muscle builds and your strength improves, you can modify the workout to push yourself even further.

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