LOL! I understand exactly what you gals are meaning regarding your goals and functionality. However, in light of the fact that the name of this group is "I want to GAIN muscle", I thought it would be remiss to not point out that you can indeed cap out on muscle gain with body weight exercises.
Nancy Anne, there are many ways to increase the difficulty by changing angles even with body weight exercises. You are right in principle but most of us will never get to the level where body weight will not be enough, in particular if we want functional muscles and not just size. Birgit
Hmm...that may be, nonetheless within bodyweight exercise there is so much for me to work on that it feels endless. My goals are about overall strength and balance. I still have a long way to go on achieving a bona fide pull-up let alone a muscle-up! I've made progress with pushups but I can only do several at a time so far. There are also so many pushup variations and I'm finding them to be challenging. And core work. A free from the wall, un-assisted handstand. Then there's the dreaming territory of human flags and planches... And the idea of what sort of circuit or program is created. And suspension training which I've only just begun which I'm finding to be quite demanding, too. I've been practicing a hot power yoga for several years 5 or 6 times a week. Talk about physical strength and balance work! I suppose my goals of developing strength and balance are different to that of gaining muscle. For me, bodyweight work seems infinitely challenging and enjoyable.
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I hate to be Negative Nancy, but the truth is that you will cap out with body weight exercises eventually. Your muscles will adapt to the weight of your body and stop growing. They only get as big as they need to be to carry the load asked of them.
Kettlebells, bands, and traditional weights and machines are not "body weight". They are adding resistance. So you can continue adding muscle by these means as long as you increase the resistance. But if all you are going to use is your body, while you will initially see some beautiful change, you are going to stop developing new muscle eventually.
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Yes, you're right! I saw some awesome results with the BFFM 98 day challenge & that was without a gym membership, just a few dumbbells, gym ball & tubing. It can be done even with body weight alone! :)
It is possible! I have no weights, no gym membership, and less than a little time! This article from Men's Fitness shows body weight exercises that will build muscle! Ladies it will work for you as well :)
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