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  • Writer's pictureMarc Ouellette

Get Fit Using Just the Weight of Your Body

So, you might be wondering if simple body weight exercises can really get you fit and healthy.

Can using just resistance and the weight of your body build muscle, burn fat and sculpt your "dream body"?

Absolutely! Here's how the process works.

When you stress your muscles by using your body weight resistance against them, they experience small tears and rips. When you tear down muscle, it needs to be repaired. Your body automatically goes to work making those muscles stronger and toner than they were before, in anticipation of future stress.

That is all there is to building muscles, strength and toning of your body. As it turns out, strength training, which you are doing when you perform body weight exercises, is more effective at burning fat and cranking up your metabolism than cardio exercises.

Studies have shown that cardio fitness routines (running, jogging, aerobics exercises, etc.) burn fat and calories while you are performing them. But almost immediately upon stopping, your fat and calorie burn diminishes rapidly.

Building muscle is different.

When you stress and strain your muscles by lifting traditional weights or performing body weight exercises, the repair process takes a lot of time. This means that for up to 24 to 48 hours after your body weight training session is over, you are still burning fat and calories!

All you have to do is use the power of gravity and the resistance of your own body weight and you can build as much strength and fat burning muscle as you desire. Best of luck!

Just remember that nutrition plays an important role in your reduction of body fat, primarily getting enough protein to repair the body, adding lean muscle and this helps to burn fat.

Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance.

I help busy men and women with weight loss, fat loss, muscle toning, speeding up your metabolism and getting you to become more energetic and confident.

I’m offering you a Free In-Home Fitness and Nutrition Consultation to see if we can work together so I can help you reach all your health and fitness goals.

Serving Fairfield County and New Haven County and I Bring The Workout Right To You!"

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To your health, Marc

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