Bodyweight training is often a great starting point for those interested in starting a strength program. Want to learn more about the pros and cons of it? Read on.
You Can Do it Anywhere at Anytime- it doesn’t matter where or when- if you have enough space to move around, you can train! This is especially helpful for those who have extremely busy schedules, but still want to train.
It’s Free- Since you’re just using the environment around you, there’s no need for a gym membership! This is great for those who either can’t afford a gym membership, or have no access to the gym at all.
It’s Great for Basic Development- There are so many basic movements you can learn without any equipment! The 6 basic movements (squat, hinge, lunge, push, pull, and brace) can all be learned with no equipment. From there, you can move into the weight room to progress them.
It’s Hard to Hit Certain Muscles- If you’re just doing bodyweight training, it’s slightly harder to hit all the muscle groups you need as a soccer player. In particular, its hard to stimulate your hamstrings and glutes. This is because they are already so strong in relation to the rest of your body, that Its hard to give them enough stress from just your bodyweight for them to benefit.
You May be Unable to Compete- Yes you can get very strong with just bodyweight training, but ultimately it does have a ceiling. If your competition is using weight training to progress, you’re likely going to be at a disadvantage strength-wise.
Summary: Bodyweight training is great because it is perfect for beginners, you can do it anywhere, and its free! However, just know its hard to adequately develop certain muscle groups with just bodyweight training, and your competition might be using weights to get even stronger than you!
Are you thinking of starting bodyweight training? If so, I have a great starting point for you! Check out “Bodyweight Strength Training: Starter Pack” in my store- the e-book is completely free!