Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Health Communities -

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.”

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