Body-weight training is 2015’s top fitness trend, beating out last year’s No. 1, high–intensity interval training (HIIT).
Body-weight training—using your own weight for resistance, as opposed to free weights or machines—is excellent for building muscle on the cheap.
If you lack equipment, like when you’re travelling, or if you just want to keep away from the gym’s grunting masses.
Fitness benefits of body-weight training
The benefits are myriad: Body-weight moves are easier on joints than heavy weight training and demand more work from your core. They can also be modified to fit your fitness level—for example, if regular push-ups are a challenge, do them with your hands on a bench to reduce the weight you need to lift.
There are caveats, though. Strict body-weight training depends on on how much you weigh, so if you’re not yet strong enough to lift your whole weight make investments in a suspension trainer to give you wider options. Also, without weights it’s harder to isolate muscles/muscle groups for maximum progress.
However, the positive aspect of that is more muscle worked in less time.