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Using bodyweight to lose get in shape

One of the hottest fitness trends of 2013


Many Americans are discovering a more simple, inexpensive way to get fit and slim for the summer: bodyweight training.

Everyday people are finding more reasons to get back on track and lose the excess weight. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford the added cost of a gym or the fancy equipment to get those perfectly defined arms. This year, a developing form of exercise called bodyweight training has many people talking. If there’s one thing people love about bodyweight training it’s this: completely free.

There are many benefits to bodyweight training that many are discovering. Kelley Brown, Founder of, says, “Bodyweight training is great because it allows your body to gain lean muscle, and as I put it, brings your body to it’s ‘natural state’ – when you’re at the gym, you have complete control of weights, reps and sets and you are able to build your body as you please. But bodyweight training can be done anywhere. A playground, home, in a parking lot, literally anywhere.” Brown also leads a group of dedicated and inspired women on Facebook, supporting them by providing helpful tips throughout their health and fitness journey.

Mike Fitch, Founder and President of Global Bodyweight Training, says, “I put down the dumbbells and began using my own bodyweight for strength training. I soon began gymnastics classes, adding tumbling and acrobats to my workout routine. I began incorporating hand balancing into my daily skills practice (think handstands and frog poses).” Fitch created the site to help inspire and motivate those seeking new and inexpensive forms of exercise.

Many well-known names, such as Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines, are in full-force, embracing bodyweight training. Throughout almost every issue, you can discover the latest maneuver in this growing form of exercise. From the traditional push-up to planking (holding yourself up in the push-up position or down on your elbows), you’ll discover old and new ways of getting into shape solely based off the weight and stance of your body.

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