Building muscle without weights is something that can be accomplished on your own and in the comfort of your own home setting. You don’t need to belong to a fancy gym, nor do you have to own the latest from nordic track. In fact, all you really need is a pull up bar and a floor to do push ups from.
Building muscle and strength training without weights or high end equipment is accomplished relatively easily when you understand what muscle strength actually is and how any one can gain if they follow the prescribed steps.
As a prilimenary point, muscle growth, the actual hypertrophy of the muscle will take place over course of time as you successively challenge your body and muscle to do more work. This cannot be gotten around, but, its only one aspect of muscle building process when you’re doing workouts without weights.
Another important concept that many over look is that of the overt involvement of the neuro-logical system.
Studies have been conducted and found that during the initial weeks of an isometric resistance training program, interesting things begin to happen. There is an increase in the amount of maximum muscular force being output and it can’t be attributed to muscle hypertrophy, or muscle growth.
While researchers are not exactly sure what area of the nervous system is responsible for the increases in strength, they are pointing to several areas that are highly suspicious. The neuro-muscular junction, the cerebral cortex, or, motor cortex, or even another aspect of the peripheral nerves.
Whatever areas are most involved, the bottom line is that your nerves, how you sense and perceive your muscles working is responsible in a large part to the early gains in muscle strength everyone goes through when starting an exercise program.
One exercise program type that has looked promising in the building muscle tissue and increasing strength is call the Antagonist Resistance Training, or ART. This particular method requires no equipment, and so it’s perfect for those who are looking for workouts without weights. The ART uses the muscular force produced by the antagonist muscles, and during the muscular co-contractions, the resistance generated is for the agonist muscles. This is basically an isometric contraction that causes your muscles to work, or, contract against themselves.
Through a series of tests, it was found that ART increased muscular strength. This means that it could be an effective form of resistance training. And because it requires no equipment, ART may be perfect for those doing workouts without weights.