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4 Approaches to Increase Intensity for Bodyweight Exercises

Date: May 13, 2019   

There are numerous benefits to performing bodyweight exercises. For one, you can do them anywhere. All you need is a little bit of space and you are all set. Plus, you don’t need any fancy equipment to get them done. It is totally free as you don’t need to purchase anything to do them. However, sometimes your bodyweight alone does not make the exercise difficult enough. Listed below are four ways to increase the intensity of bodyweight exercises.

Change Up the Angles
Making a few minor adjustments with the angles of the exercise could increase the intensity. For instance, if you are doing regular pushups, you might be able to crank out quite a few without any problems. But if you place your feet up high on a bench or a chair, the difficulty definitely becomes harder.

Increase the Number of Reps
Individuals that enjoy weight training will often stick to the routine of three sets at ten reps apiece. You don’t have to keep to this formula, especially when using your bodyweight for these exercises. If you can do a set of 20 to 30 reps, then go for it!

Reduce the Rest Time
We have all witnessed the people at the gym that do one short set and then take five minutes to recuperate from it. To say their workout lacks intensity is an understatement. If you would like to make your workout more intense, shorten up the rest between sets. If you usually take a minute break between sets, reduce the time to 30 seconds.

Choose the Bodyweight Exercises that Are the Toughest to Do
Exercises that train more than one muscle group at a time are called compound exercises. They are more difficult to do as they don’t just isolate on one muscle, but many. For instance, you may be able to do bodyweight squats for a serious amount of reps. However, how many pull-ups do you think you can do in a row? How many bodyweight dips do you think you can crank out? If you want to increase the intensity of your bodyweight workout, pick and choose the toughest exercises to do.

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