Can You Gain Muscle Without Weights?
Can you gain muscle without weights? Is it possible? Yes! But you need to know how.
The reason that it is possible to gain muscle without weights is because that what is important is how hard you work the muscles. Not how much weight you lift.
You can give your muscles an excellent workout using low weights.
If you do the reps with good form and do slow reps, really focusing on contracting the muscles during each repetition, then you will be working your muscles hard and promoting growth.
Working hard with light weights is so much better than doing quick reps with poor form using heavy weights.
It is not the weights. It is how hard you work.
The same applies to trying to gain muscle without weights.
You can work the muscles perfectly hard using bodyweight exercises. Sure, it is quicker to gain muscle with weights but you can still gain muscle without weights.
The reason bodyweight exercises can be used to build muscle is that they are excellent for building muscle strength and endurance. If you were to spend a few weeks doing bodyweight workouts from home and then went back to the gym afterwards, you would find you will be able to lift heavier weights.
Bodyweight exercises put the body through multiple planes of movement. You move your body in much more directions with bodyweight exercises compared to the restriction range of movement you get with weights.
This increased range of movement results in more muscle fibres being stimulated.
And more muscle fibres being stimulated = more muscle gain.
The increased range of movement not only results in muscle gain, but also increased tone, flexibility, endurance and strength. In addition to promoting fat loss.
Bodweight exercises are a great way to build all round general fitness, not just muscle.
But in order to make sure you get some muscle gains without weights it is important to adapt the exercises for muscle building purposes.
Just doing high reps of bodyweight exercises will result in increased endurance and not much else.
You still need to do low reps. In order to do low reps you need to work extra hard so that you can not physically do more than say 10 reps.
To enable you to work harder you should do really slow reps (15-30 seconds), concentrate on pausing and contracting the muscles half way through each exercises, and also building your own make-shift weights.
Back-packs filled with books and milk-jugs filled with water and 2 examples of ways to create you own weights to make your home workouts even harder.
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