Bodyweight Workouts for Interval Training
When we talk about bodyweight workouts one thing comes to mind, intensity! This is the reason bodyweight workouts fit so well into the interval training routine.
It is absolutely one of the most effective ways to sculpt your body beyond anything you have ever done before. People always say that you have to workout with heavy weights to build muscle...
While, it is true that working out with heavy weights is a great way to build some solid muscle doing bodyweight workouts in and interval training circuit is the best way to build muscle while burning off all that guck or fat around your body. It will get your heart racing, and will be making your muscles scream.
Tons of Exercises
There are tons of exercises that you can squeeze into your training routine. When I put together a bodyweight interval training routine there is really no limit to the number of exercises that I can do.
I personally try to make sure that my whole body is getting involved. The best part about it is, because the intensity is so high it is the kind of workout that lets you get in and out quick.
Sample Interval Routines
Here are a couple sample interval routines for you to use. Hope you like them; I personally use these myself with some great results.
Routine 1 (time bases routine) Pushups x 30 seconds Bodyweight Squats x 30 seconds Dips x 30 seconds Floor Mountain Climbers x 30 seconds 1 Minute Rest and Repeat 5-7 times
Routine 2 (Rep bases routine) Chinups x 15-20 (or until failure) Burpee Jumps x 25 Squat Jumps x 25 Hanging Knee Raises x 25 Rest 1 Min and Repeat 5-7 times
There are a ton of different variables in the bodyweight workouts that can lead to countless different interval training routines.
For instance in the above two examples you will see that they have a totally different setup. One is time bases and one is rep based.
This can be a great way to really change up your workout, if you are doing exercises like chin-ups where you can not do 30 seconds or more straight, then simply do a rep based workout.
Then you can effectively track your workout without worrying about not getting the intensity you need.
Increase Your Workout
Also, if you are doing a workout and you are not getting the amount of exertion you are looking for you can just add another exercise, or increase your workout time by 15 seconds per exercise.
This will increase the intensity and allow you to really get the most from you interval training bodyweight workouts.
I personally love strength training, I love going to the gym and lifting weight. That being said, these kind of workouts are amazing for me as they really challenge my body to adapt to the kind of intense training regimens.
This kind of workout is great for you if you are building muscle or if you are trying to lose weight. It sort of acts like a all in one workout.
Keep that in mind when you are building your next workout routine and see that it really makes sense to build your body this way.