Alright guys, today we’ll be discussing how it is entirely possible for you to get shredded without weights. Not every one of us has access to a gym membership nor do we really need one if getting ripped is your primary motivator for working out.
As you may be aware, there are a few different workout styles. The one that will more than likely be suitable for your goal of getting ripped will be bodyweight training. This means doing push ups, dips, squats, lunges, bridging, pull ups, and a host of other exercises.
The key here is to get the correct workout strategy in place so that you can reap the most benefits from what you will be doing at home or at the park. Really the only prerequisite to you successfully achieving a shredded physique without weights will be having access to a couple of pieces of equipment and being fairly lean – both of which we will be discussing below.
However, possibly the most important requisite of getting shredded is having the correct strategy and plan in place so you consistently become stronger and stronger each workout.
Why don’t we dive right in and get things started so you can get that much closer to getting to your ripped and shredded physique goal!
What are Some of the Prerequisites of Getting Ripped Without Weights?
Alright so now that we know it’s fully possible to get ripped without weights, let’s talk about what some of the prerequisites are.
You might be thinking to yourself that certain equipment and space in your home or at the park is required. This is fully true, but there is one other prerequisite I want to speak to you about. There are two things that lead to a ripped physique.
- A very low body fat percentage of about 8-10 percent
- Somewhat decent muscle development
Let’s be honest here for a moment – no one wants to be ripped if it means looking skinny, frail, underweight and just overall unhealthy. Chicks don’t dig that and you’re going to look like shit quite frankly. This is why point number 2 had to be made.
Also keep in mind that with a lot of extra fat on your body, bodyweight movements will be extremely difficult to perform which is why it would be a good idea to look into losing the extra weight first.
With that being said, there are a few movements that you should definitely aim to incorporate into your workout routine if you plan to get ripped without the use of weights.
Some popular movements could be (but are certainly not limited to): pushups, pull ups, dips, single-legged squats, pike pushups, hand-stand wall pushups, Australian rows etc. These are all similar movements to the ones you would be doing with weights. An added benefit of doing them in this style is the core strength and sheer power you will develop.
In order to be able to perform the above movements, you would certainly need to look into getting a pull up bar and a dip station. For a decent setup that’s affordable and non-permanent, check out my review of the Shamrock Door Gym here.
If you don’t want to purchase equipment for your home, you’re more than welcome to go to your local park to workout. Usually there is an area available for you to do pull ups and dips and this might be a cheaper alternative if you have a park nearby.
Working out to get ripped is easier than you think. Now, where it won’t happen in 2 weeks, it is entirely possible to follow the right strategies to get yourself as lean and muscular as you want.
What are the Benefits of Working Out Without Weights?
As you may already be aware, there are a multitude of benefits you get from working out without the use of weights. One of the main benefits is going to be a breathtaking physique with low body fat and feats of strength that very few people are capable of. Not to mention, bodyweight training looks cool as hell.
Who have you seen do muscle ups in real life? Have you seen anyone do one-arm pushups with their feet up on a bench? How about handstand wall pushups? I don’t think so.
When you utilise bodyweight training you derive the most benefits from your workouts because of the demands it places on your core strength. This will develop your body in a way that traditional weight training cannot.
As a matter of fact, many lifters use bodyweight movements to supplement their weight lifting as well. Bodyweight training alone can and will get you ripped up to shreds, but don’t expect to look like a bodybuilder with this style of training.
You lay the foundation with bodyweight training and later on you can move on to training routines that incorporate more weight lifting.
As well as the above benefits, you can also perform bodyweight training in the comfort of your own home, without the use of weights which makes it so incredibly easy and efficient to work out. You don’t even have to go anywhere or leave your house!
This is pretty solid if you ask me. I used to love doing bodyweight training. Eventually I needed more weight to work with which is why I switched my routine and went to a gym but it was amazing to do it at home while I could!
They key here was to have the right program and strategy in place because I wasn’t too sure what I was doing on my own. There is so much contradictory information out there that I was simply getting confused and I don’t want you to have to suffer through the same thing.
Let’s Discuss the Pros and Cons of Working Out Without Weights
As with anything, there will be pros and cons. Let’s explore these here:
- Workout anytime, in the comfort of your own home
- Save money on expensive gym memberships
- Build incredible strength and stability that traditional weight lifters do not have
- If you’re self-conscious and don’t like working out in front of people you don’t have to worry about it with bodyweight training at home
- It’s very fast to get strong and you will be progressing very quickly on to more challenging exercise variations
- You can do this style of training for at least one year before you will need access to additional weight in order to keep growing your muscles
- You cannot build an extremely muscular physique with just bodyweight movements (unless you add weight)
- At some point in order to keep progressing you will need to get a gym membership if you don’t have the luxury of having a gym at home
- Some people just like working out with weights better and if this is you, bodyweight training might not be ideal for you
So, How Can You Get Started Working Out Without Weights?
Now that we’ve discussed what you will need, the benefits and the pros vs cons let’s look at some of the resources available to you so that you can learn more about this style of training.
It’s incredibly important to have well-structured plan if you want to have a fighting chance at successfully working out without weights. If you’re already pretty advanced you likely wouldn’t be reading this article and won’t need any advice on working out.
However, if you’re new, let’s finish up this article so I can point you in the right direction!
For starters, you can read over my article called How to Work Out at Home. This article will go over many of the details required to get you started on your fitness journey right in the comfort of your home.
Also, if you’re not familiar with them, have a look at my Bar Brothers The System Review to learn more about one of the best bodyweight training programs in existence. This program is perfectly suited for those looking to get a killer workout without having to go to the gym.
Keep in mind that the Bar Brothers Program is quite intense – and if you don’t have time to workout 6 days per week you can check out my review of the Kinobody Bodyweight Mastery Program instead. This might be better suited for you.
You’ll be working out 3 days per week, at about 45-60 minutes each day with the Bodyweight Mastery Program.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to stop in today! Let me know if you have any questions, concerns or just want to leave a comment.
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