Body Weight Exercises

List of Body Weight Exercises (with Instructions)

This section focuses on a wide variety of body weight exercises. These body weight exercises help to build strength and physical fitness without adding lots of extra bulk. Body weight exercises (i.e. push-ups) are used extensively by most martial arts schools.

Many martial artists worry that excessive muscle mass will reduce their flexibility. Therefore, they focus on exercises that only use their own body weight and often involve multiple repetitions (i.e. 50 push-ups). In contrast, power lifting that relies on limited repetitions with heavy dumbbells, barbells, etc. Martial artists who use body weight exercises exclusively would prefer to be like ancient Kung Fu masters (lean and strong) versus bulky modern day body builders. Instructors also like with body weight training that there is less danger of someone dropping a weight on their toes or damaging the dojo.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For exercises using weights (i.e. dumbbells), please visit the main Strength Training section.

Demonstration of Various Body Weight Exercises

Examples of Body Weight Exercises – Instructions & Videos

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