That being said, I also appreciate the effectiveness of bodyweight exercises. I use them in the programs I design for Body & Soul members and during No Pink Dumbbells workouts. I've designed lots of bodyweight workouts for people going on vacation, those who aren't lucky enough to have access to Body & Soul :-), quickie workouts for members to use when they can't get to the gym, etc.
Some people prefer circuit machines over bodyweight exercises because they find the machines easier. (That's a whole other post.) But you'll get much better results from challenging bodyweight exercises because so many more muscles are involved to stabilize yourself and to perform the exercise.
I also enjoy being able to exercise outside. On nice days, I'd sometimes go across the street to the park (before it was being renovated and was inaccessible) and work out there. You can see what's going on at Crystal Park here ==> Crystal Park Progress
Today, I found the article below from CB in my inbox, so even if you have NO equipment at home, you can get great workouts without joining a gym.
By Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
One of the most common questions I get asked is something like "If you could only do 5 exercises....?" or "if you could only use one piece of equipment....?"
I have to admit, I think these questions are silly, because when would I ever have those limits placed upon me?
Well, I guess there is one answer...a hotel room. Recently, stuck in a hotel with a terrible gym, all I could do was bodyweight circuits in my room.
Fortunately, because of my insane knowledge of bodyweight training, I was able to create an incredible workout.
To learn more, check out these bodyweight circuits ==> 101 Bodyweight Exercises
So let me tell you a secret previously known by only a few of the world's best personal trainers...
Your body is actually the BEST piece of home gym "workout equipment" in the world for helping you GAIN muscle and BURN fat without spending tons of money.
Countless soldiers, secret service men, professional bodyguards, gymnasts, martial artists, dancers, and athletes have long relied on bodyweight training secrets to build a lean, long, sexy look.
And here's something NO fitness magazine will ever admit. You know those cover models they put on their magazines? The ones with the six pack abs and flat stomachs and no belly fat?
I've met dozens of those fitness models, and only a small percentage even workout with weights.
Most of them are simply athletic and just like to "bang out" a few quick bodyweight workouts per week.
Hardly any mainstream fitness model spends hours in the gym, even though that's what the magazines tell you month after month.
It's a complex conspiracy to keep you coming back for long commercial gym workouts, even though their superstar cover models don't even use those programs.
Men and women with the long, lean bodies you want don't use workout machines or even spend much time in commercial gyms at all...
...they are warriors, athletes, beach-body surfers, climbers, and all types of other people who prefer bodyweight exercise and fun activities over boring machine workouts.
The cover models are the people you see cranking out workouts at the playground or in the park with little more than their own bodyweight for resistance.
Bodyweight exercise is for people who want a life, not a life sentence of 2-hour long commercial gym workouts.
Cover models - like professional surfer Laird Hamilton, for example - would much rather be out on the beach enjoying their life than "strutting their stuff" in the cardio area of an empty gym on a Saturday morning.
And so would I.
That's why you could crank out a bodyweight workout three times per week rather than spending another 60 to 90 minutes in the gym lifting weights.
With bodyweight workouts, you'll save time (they are shorter and don't require you to drive to the gym and back), so you can enjoy more time outside - heck, you can even do most of these workouts in the park.
You'll be shocked when you compare the Turbulence Training Bodyweight Cardio workouts against traditional cardio machines because your results will show...
Bodyweight Cardio workouts are more effective for total body conditioning and fat burning.
Studies even show that traditional long, slow cardio workouts don't even work while circuit training can help men and women gain muscle and burn fat at the same time - even if they are over 60 years old.
Bodyweight workouts are for men and women who want to build sex appeal while improving their health, fitness, mobility, and vitality.
And bodyweight exercises are for anyone who wants faster results and the ability to workout at home, rather than being forced into a 2-hour round trip to the gym.
If you want to burn belly fat and sculpt your body like a cover model - while just saying NO to long, boring cardio and extreme overuse bodybuilding workouts -you'll love the Turbulence Training bodyweight workouts.
Check it out : Bodyweight Cardio
101 Bodyweight Exercises
We know that interval training works better than steady state training for fat loss. I'm convinced that metabolic circuits like these are the next evolution in interval training.
Take a look: Bodyweight Cardio
101 Bodyweight Exercises