Benefits Of Body Weight Exercises For The Commuting Personal Trainer
Many personal trainers are on the go with their business: traveling to clients’ homes, commuting to parks or on-location boot camps, and working outside of a structured gym with little access to heavy-duty exercise equipment. Therefore, incorporating body weight exercises can benefit the personal trainer by reducing excess baggage, decreasing cost, and making an easier commute. Here are some tips on how to incorporate body weight exercises into your workout routine for your clients.
Body weight exercises provide strength-training gains, muscle-building goals, and cardiovascular fitness enhancement. According to an article in the Huffington post, research shows that exercises, such as plyometrics, can make high fitness gains in short workout durations just through bodyweight.
Using bodyweight can allow for a trainer to combine cardio and strength training in one quick workout. For example, the burpee can keep the heart pumping while improving muscle strength. “One of my all-time favorite exercises to show clients is the burpee and how effective it is,” informs Mike Medeiros, a personal trainer at the YMCA.
Convenient, affordable, and variable are three important key components of using bodyweight as an exercise form. The trainers don’t need equipment, so they save money. One can go anywhere to teach and train so there’s more freedom in training locations. Bodyweight exercises offer so many different options; a trainer has a huge variety of activities to give their clients. Les Sparks, Wellness Coordinator & Personal Trainer at Colorado’s Pro Gym, advises “I lean more towards movements that require total body coordination (i.e. walking lunges with overhead presses).” He enjoys all the diversity with all the benefits.
Bodyweight exercises can also be modified to work with any fitness level and any age. Trainers simply need to know how to adjust specific exercises to fit the needs of the various clients. Whether you choose to use bodyweight only or add in some easy-to-commute fitness accessories such as elastic resistance bands or free weights, it all depends on your clients. LaRue Cook, CSCS, owner of LEC Fitness, states “while I may have my personal preferences, I think that a great trainer recognizes when each of these tools is most appropriate for the individual that they’re working with. A lot depends on the client I’m working with, their comfort level, skill level and fitness level.” So make sure to fine-tune your routines for your client’s success.
Now what’s your next bodyweight routine you’re going to practice with your clients? Better start planning one now!