There’s always something to be said about HIIT sessions these days. As the days/ weeks and months go on people become more and more pushed for time which means to get an effective workout they have to push the time they have to the limit, and their body to the limit in the process.
BP45 is one of the sessions we have seen great success with. It’s the perfect set up to burn extra calories to build a bigger deficit, use as standalone training or add to the start or finish to any session wether it’s weights or cardio based.
I threw in a total bodyweight session a couple of weeks ago and was approached by a some of the partakers (separately) to inform me just how tough they found the session, physically and mentally. The quirky thing about a total bodyweight setup is that on paper it always looks deceivingly easy. The truth is that good old brutal simplicity shines through to provide an effective ‘do anywhere’ session that will challenge your body and mind in equal measures, yet somehow feels enjoyable when the final buzzer goes off.
Everyone out there should aim to introduce some form of body weight exercise into their routines at some point. There really isn’t anything more functional than some of the exercises you can perform with just your own mass. They generally incorporate your core, and large muscle groups which is great for burning calories and oxidising that fat mass you don’t want.
Bodyweight exercises are simple to perform, simple to adapt and with some imagination, simple to progress meaning that the potential for a progressive program using just your own bodyweight isn’t completely out of the window.
BP45 sessions often involve exercises using conditioning equipment such as ropes and sledges, assault bikes and ski ergs, free weights, kettlebells and slam balls and of course, bodyweight exercises. This rings true with a military style of training where lots of exercises are performed for allotted time one after the next over the period of one session. Excluding the military style of training, this what is now seen as specialist equipment is becoming more prevalent in the world of strength and conditioning for sports. This is because the simple pieces of equipment are incredibly versatile and allow the user to adapt movements to be dynamic, and realistic which improves an athletes speed, strength and power and thus, their overall fitness and condition.
If they’re good enough for the military and many sporting professions, they’re good enough for us as trainers, and our clients at Body Planners.