When most people think of working out with the intention to put on solid muscle mass, their minds often drift first to the gym. Countless images of huge, muscle-covered guys either sitting at the advanced, state of the art machines or in a huge weight room with iron free weights scattered everywhere. Next people normally think of a dedicated weightlifter with a personal work out room at home, full of dumbbells just ready to be curled. This type of exercise has only been prevalent in recent history and in the past, people have historically been bodybuilding without weights. While using top of the line machines and carefully formulated routines with free weights and dumbbells is the best way to put on muscle mass, bodybuilding without weights is a very convenient way for anyone to increase their muscle size.
Most of the time, trying to add size to your muscles without using weights consists of using your body’s weight against itself. Some of the most common exercises that we have all done at some point include pushups and pull-ups. While we don’t normally associate them with bodybuilding, done properly and with the right number of repetitions, these types of exercise can help those just beginning to get into bodybuilding add size quickly. Our bodies can’t tell the difference between sitting at a machine pushing a bar and using our body’s weight against itself.
There are many reasons why someone would start bodybuilding without weights. The most common are time and money concerns. Perhaps you can’t afford to join a local gym, buy a pricey system like the Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer or purchase all of the equipment you would need to work out from home. Maybe you have a busy schedule – work, school or a family – and can’t be sure to allocate time every day to driving to the gym, exercising and then getting back to your normal life. Bodybuilding without weights is convenience because it can be done anywhere with no additional equipment needed – just yourself. You can exercise in your living room, at the beach, in your hotel room or anywhere else you have the space to move around.
One common misconception that people have about these types of exercises is that your body can only provide so much resistance. While this is true, constantly changing your workout to be more challenging on your body will leverage the weight differently and provide even more strain to your muscles. You’ve pushed your body and can easily do fifty pushups? Try elevating your feet on a chair or your bed. This will add a new degree of challenge to your routines.
While a beginner can definitely become much more fit and add serious muscle mass while bodybuilding without weights, it is important to keep in mind that this can only take your progression to a certain level. At some point, your growth will plateau and it will be much more difficult to see further results. Luckily, for most people this is at a point that they are perfectly content with. If you are training to get into body building professionally, or simply want to get as large as you can, you will have to progress to weights at some point in your fitness career. Hopefully by then though, you will have been engaging in the fitness lifestyle for quite some time and will be dedicated to the idea of further growth enough to either save money to allocate towards a gym membership or perhaps have developed your schedule to the point where you can find a little free time to hit the gym. If you’re just beginning and are not ready to commit to a gym membership or expensive equipment, bodybuilding without weights is a very real and very productive way to add size to your muscles.