• Deanne Pandey

Bodyweight Training vs. Weight Training

There has always been a constant clash between the best mode of strength training i.e either using your own bodyweight or resorting to weight training. Weight training is usually considered to be the mainstay for strength training. Body weight training is generally considered something for beginners who are not ready for heavy weights. Another commonly held concept is that weight training is for muscular strength and body weight is for muscular endurance, or for conditioning for sports such as boxing or martial arts. But this is not the case.

How your muscles work-

The muscle fiber is the basic component that allows you to produce force. At the level of a single muscle cell, there is no difference between the resistance of gravity or inertia acting on a barbell or gravity's resistance on your own body. To the solitary muscle fiber, resistance is resistance. This holds true of the entire muscle; your pectoral muscles contract against a barbell in a bench press the same way they contract against the floor in a push-up. The manner in which you make exercises more difficult is the chief difference between training with weights and with your own body weight. You simply add more weights to the bar to increase the difficulty of the bench press. You can increase the repetitions, but after a certain point body weight resistance produces more of an endurance exercise than a muscle-building one. 

Bodyweight Training-

One of the most common misconceptions are - “It’s not possible to build muscle and increase strength with bodyweight exercises.”Bodyweight exercises are extremely convenient and effective. You don’t need any equipment or gym subscription, since you’ll be using your own body as your resistance. Because they’re so simple, it’s easy to prevent injuries. If you’re new to strength training and still need some help with form on your exercises, bodyweight training is much more forgiving than most types of weightlifting. Bodyweight exercises are also incredibly easy to modify to your ability level, whether you’re a recovering couch potato or world-class gymnast. They also allow you to develop better control and awareness.You can build a great physique using nothing else but bodyweight exercises. One objection to body weight training for strength is that you are ultimately limited by your own weight. 

Weight Training-

On the other hand, Progress with weight training can be much easier to measure. To increase the difficulty of an exercise, you just add weights. If you lift more weight today than you did six months ago, you are stronger. Body weight training is less clear cut. A one-armed push-up is more difficult than one with both hands but the level of difficulty between the two is difficult to quantify. There's no clear multiple of difficulty as there is with weights. Another benefit of weight training is that it actually leads to muscle gain. There are different lifting methods like supersets and dropsets which help to fully stimulate muscle. They become especially difficult when working quickly under a time limit, and form can be an issue if you get too excited and hyperextend. Always do weight training mindfully.

At the end of the day, it is important to understand-Resistance is resistance, no matter whether you use a barbell, dumbbells, stones, brackets or your own bodyweight.  You could even use a bottle of water, if you use it the right way, you’ll be able to gain muscle. The choice between bodyweight exercises and weight training depends on individual preferences and goals. However, a smart mix of both bodyweight training and weight training along with mindful eating can be the most effective for your body.

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