Personal Trainer Tips

Work That Body (Weight)

woman uses her bodyweight for a pushup
The pushup is a great bodyweight exercise that can easily be modified!

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Did you know you don’t need any equipment or a gym membership to master strength training? By using your own body weight as resistance — think pushups, squats, lunges, etc — you can get the ultimate full-body workout.

Bodyweight versus free weight workouts

In fact, bodyweight workouts are a great way to get into the groove of an exercise routine. Not only do you master the movement prior to adding resistance, you limit the amount of force to your joints, making these exercises safer than weight training. Plus, your workouts become totally portable with no equipment — so you can clock a workout in your hotel room on a business trip one day, and at your local park the next. And since typical bodyweight workouts last about 15-25 minutes, they’re a great match for people with busy schedules. (You know, pretty much everyone these days!)

Bodyweight exercises

Depending on your current level of fitness, we recommend starting with one or two sets of exercises. You can decide if you want to do each one for a certain amount of time (say 45 seconds with 15 seconds for recovery between sets) or reps (say 30). Gixo has created an awesome library of ideas for you to create your own workout (or take one of our classes). Consider throwing in exercises like squats, walking lunges, pushups, supermans, inchworms, and burpees.

How to get started with bodyweight strength training

If you’re not ready to go freestyle, try a Gixo class that is built on this approach like Strength Tabatas. Or even do an On Demand class if there isn’t a live bodyweight-focused class at the time you’re available.

We hope to see you — and your strong self — in class soon!

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