NO EXCUSES FITNESS TRAINING
YOU do not have to have a gym membership or the latest fitness equipment to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, according to local fitness experts Matt Gooch and Ryan Kukura.
“Body weight training is a great way to train if you have little to no equipment and a great way to start up if you’re just getting into training,” Matt Gooch of Fit2Be Personal Training said.
“Basically it utilises your own body weight to create a resistance and combined with the right amount of repetitions and the correct form can provide a challenging workout for an experienced athlete or a low intensity workout for someone starting up.
“The advantages are it can be done anywhere, at home at the park or in the gym and depending on your level of training expertise you can perform one of many different variations of exercises.”
Edge Fitness general manager Ryan Kukura said many body weight exercises could be done with the body alone.
“Some can be done with simple equipment like a bench or step, for tricep dips and step-ups or a bar to do chin-ups with,” he said.
“There are many advantages to body weight training, lots of exercises recruit a large number of muscles; for example a push-up will also engage your core.”
He said it was a great choice for people wanting to shed some weight.
“The benefit to body weight training and other forms of strength training in losing weight is that by building a little bit more muscle, you will burn more energy doing your day to day tasks and you also burn energy while training,” he said.
“It is generally said it takes three weeks to create a habit so set yourself a goal of training for a little bit each day for three weeks and before you know it you will want to be exercising and you will start to really feel the difference.”
Mr Gooch said body weight training was perfect for the time poor.
“Even 20 minutes of continuous body weight exercises done three times a week can be enough to help get fitter, stronger and lose weight,” he said.
“Obviously it goes with a healthy nutritional program and as one gets fitter and stronger, a progression is necessary to continue improvement.”