Bodyweight Training vs Weight Training, which is best?

Body-weight exercise vs bodybuilding
It is a common debate, which is better, traditional weight training or body-weight training? In this video, I break down some of the differences between the two and which is best. Such as the difference between closed and open chain exercise. The injury risk of body-weight exercise compared to powerlifting, Olympic lifting and bodybuilding. Finally, we look at which form of training develops more strength, more muscle and less injury. I hope you enjoy the video and the results migh...

What happened when I didn’t exercise for 8 weeks

Ledbury Personal Trainer
Back in 2015 I broke my left arm at the elbow mountain biking. This meant I was in a sling for 6 weeks and unable to do any strenuous exercise for over 2 months in total. Even when I returned to exercise it wasn’t easy as my arm had severely restricted movement. I was unable to straighten the arm or fully flex.  As you can see from the below photos I lost a considerable amount of movement. I couldn't get my arm any straight or touch my shoulder as the pictures show. The big question i...

Awesome home workout for women

Being a Personal Trainer I know how much of a struggle getting to the gym can be, I  even find it tough. Luckily getting a workout in at home is super easy. It requires almost no equipment to get your heart pumping and muscles firing. So if you are short on time here is a fat burning muscle toning workout you can try for yourself. During this workout we are going to focus on lots of awesome body-weight strength exercises to help develop muscle tone and burn lots of calories. This workou...

Amazing secrets of bodyweight training

It’s well established dumbbells and barbells are some of the best equipment to use. However bodyweight based exercises offer unique benefits over almost any other type of training and although not essential, I highly recommend it. One of the reasons is they are known as closed chain exercises, this means the whole body is free to move. For example a very advanced closed chain exercise would be a freestanding handstand press up. To perform this requires tremendous core and upper body stre...