Bodyweight Vs Weights Training

You don’t need to wait to go to a gym to start working out. You don’t have to buy weights to start your fitness journey. All you need in the beginning is literally yourself.

If your goal is to increase strength and endurance and not necessarily increase muscle mass. Let’s look the differences between training with body weight and weights.


  • You use your own body weight for performing the exercises
  • Example : Push ups, reverse crunch, sit ups
  • More appropriate for beginners and for those who want to stay in shape without gaining extra muscle mass
  • Generally safer
  • Relatively lesser increase in muscle mass
  • More flexibility potential due to the nature of exercises
  • Long term effects include increase in muscle strength and toning


  • You use weights to perform exercises
  • Example : Dumb bells, kettle balls, barbells
  • Good for those whose aim is to increase muscle mass
  • Can lead to muscle sprains, injuries, inflammation if improper technique is used
  • More significant increase in muscle mass
  • Less flexibility as the exercises are limited by gravity
  • Long term effects include increase in muscle mass

Both the types of trainings should be done in line with your goals. Start at your home today with bodyweight exercises. You don’t need a huge budget to start developing strength and fitness 🙂

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