You’ve decided to get into shape, but you’re not ready for the gym. All good. We’ve got you covered!
An exercise program doesn’t have to restrict you to 4 walls and weight plates. Take a look around you right now. Can you spot anything that will get your heart pumping using your bodyweight? I did this when travelling around Europe. That’s me up there getting my push-ups on, in the German Alps.
Time and a lack of confidence tend to be the biggest reasons why people put off going to the gym. Other folks just don’t enjoy the environment of commercial gyms. I’m a strong believer in using all available tools to maximise your results. However, I too go through stages of mixing up where I train and what sort of exercises I do. Check out my post on variety in training.
Fortunately, bodyweight circuit training is a fantastic supplement to get into shape without going to the gym. You can burn fat and lose weight without pounding the pavement with repetitive steady state cardio. In fact, steady state cardio has been proven to be ineffective for weight loss. A study conducted by UNSW examined the changes in body composition in 45 overweight women for 15 weeks. The women were divided into two groups. Group one cycled non-stop for 40 minutes. Group two used interval training, cycling hard for 8 seconds and resting for 12 seconds for a total time of 20 minutes. Those who conducted interval training lost three times more body fat.
By using the same method, and the addition of resistance training and a solid diet can be the same as throwing rocket fuel onto a fire.