The Best Equipment is You
Go to any gym and what do you see?
Bodybuilding and fitness equipment fills every square inch that?s not already occupied with sweaty bodies.
But do you really need all this equipment to sculpt, tone, and carve you into body perfection?
In my opinion, the absolute best bodybuilding equipment you could ever use for building muscle and burning fat at the same time is your own body!
In fact, using your own bodyweight, you can create better results than the fanciest bodybuilding equipment on the market could ever provide.
In the bodybuilding world, old school pro Lee Haney credited his legendary barn door-sized back to pullups.
Olympic gymnasts have some of the best bodies on Earth and are masters of bodyweight exercises.
And let?s not forget our strong military members who live by pushups, pullups, and other bodyweight exercises!
Here are some of the top reasons why bodyweight exercises are the best bodybuilding equipment ever?
Bodyweight Exercises Recruit More Muscle Fibers
When you exercise using your own body for resistance, your muscles work even harder just to keep you stable.
In fact, even more muscle fibers need to be called into action because these ?stabilizer muscles? support your larger muscle groups to not only push or pull your body through space, but also to keep you balanced.
More muscle fibers stimulated = more muscle growth!
Bodyweight Exercises Avoid Injury
Most bodybuilding equipment has a relatively limited range of motion allowed.
This is especially true of fixed-path machines.
But with bodyweight exercises, your body is only capable of using a natural range of motion that your muscles recognize.
Since it?s a natural range of motion, your muscles can better translate fiber stimulation to the central nervous system and avoid injury that some free weight and machine exercises may cause due to unnatural range of motion.
Bodyweight Exercises Activate Your Central Nervous System (CNS) Muscle-Building Engine
All muscle growth is a result of activation of your central nervous system.
When you life a weight, a signal is sent to your CNS to recruit muscle fibers as well as wake up every biological function that supports building more muscle ? hormone release, oxygen use, you name it.
Because bodyweight exercises activate so many muscle fibers, they require your central nervous system to send stronger signals and call upon more support.
This heightened response leads to a more efficient recovery and that?s when your muscles grow best.
The Best Bodyweight Exercise Program
Now, I?m sure you?re aware of exercises like pushups and pullups, right?
But there?s been a lot of development of unique (and sometimes strange-looking) exercises that use your own bodyweight and lead to better and faster results.
The best advanced bodyweight exercise program is the one at www.CombatFitnessProgram.com.
It has kind of a weird cartoon superhero look to it, but the exercises and workouts are kick ass.
If you really want to see how fast and efficient this workout is, it?s definitely worth it to watch the demonstration video and see how different it is.
About Stew Smith
Stew Smith CSCS is a former Navy SEAL Fitness author specializing in military and law enforcement fitness books, ebooks, DVDs, and programming. Check out the new Military Fitness Center for the latest in fitness video, articles, ebooks and products to assist you with getting physically ready for military life.