Bodyweight training has been proven to be one of the cheapest and best forms of strength training around, but many of us struggle to complete an effective push up, pull up, or dip. Why not learn how to utilise resistance bands so you can succesfully incorporate bodyweight movements into your workout without the struggle.


Resistance Bands to pull up, push up & dip - By Zoom Manager Jamie McLoughlan

Bodyweight training has proven to be effective for increasing strength for multiple reasons:

1. Helps develop integrated core stability

2. Increases metabolic output by utilising major muscle groups

3. Safe and effective way for youth and children to train without affecting skeletal development

4. Outstanding total body workout which is also time efficient due to the recruitment of more than one muscle at a time

5. Can be done anywhere with little to no need for additional equipment.

6. Creates usable functional strength vs. weight room strength

7. Great carryover into recreational activities

8. Helps improve and maintain dynamic flexibility of the joints and muscles

But many of us cannot do a full push up or pull up, and dips can often be painful to the shoulder and or collarbone area because of variation in flexibility between gym goers, and opportunity for range of movement. As a result bodyweight training is often forgotten and machine based training is substituted in as an easier option.

However subsitituting in machine exercises, which is better than not training at all, can gradually lead to a greater decline in human function and movement quality both on a daily basis and for long term health.

So instead of discontinuing bodyweight training, why not institute bands as a way for you to have assistance during a body weight exercise so you do not have to lift your entire body? Then as you develop your integrated strength, you now can over time use lighter bands for less assistance and eventually discontinue the band and go strictly with body weight.

As a result, you get all the benefits of bodyweght training and can still exercise at a relatively high intensity and suitale resistance without the struggle of being unable to lift push or pull your entire weight. Below our personal trainer Natalie demonstrates some techniques for using resistance bands to help you achieve a pull up, push up or dip.