Which Is Right for You: Free Weights or Bodyweight

Body Weight vs Weights For Fat Loss

The first thing to note is that there are two types of weight training. There’s the type where you’re trying to lose weight, and then there’s the other type which involves building muscle mass. Both methods have their merits and demerits, but they aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. If you want to get leaner without losing any muscle mass, then free weights might be your best bet (or at least your second choice).

If you want to build muscle mass while maintaining a healthy weight, then you’ll probably benefit from using weights. However, if you just want to look better naked than when you started, then free weights will do the trick.

So which one would be right for me?

Well I’m going to give my opinion based on what I’ve learned so far about each method.

Free Weights Vs.

Bodyweight Training: What Are They Good For?

When it comes to building muscle mass, free weights are definitely the way to go.

Why?

Because they allow you to train with heavier loads than you could otherwise use. When you start using heavy resistance like dumbbells or kettle bells, your muscles adapt and grow stronger over time. That means that if you continue doing them regularly, eventually your muscles will become bigger and stronger than ever before!

The thing is, this only works if you’re lifting heavy weights. Your muscles will only adapt and get stronger if the weights you use are above a certain threshold. This is called the “progressive overload” principle of muscle growth. If you don’t lift heavy enough, then your muscles won’t be forced to adapt and grow stronger.

In that case, bodyweight training or light weight/high rep weight training would be more beneficial for you.

On the other hand, bodyweight training is better if you just want to lose weight and look better. The reason for this is that it takes a lot of muscle to maintain your own body weight (about 40-60lbs). If you have a low body fat percentage, but all of your weight comes from muscle, then you’ll actually weigh more than you would otherwise.

Sources & references used in this article:

A Definitive Guide To Building Muscle With Bodyweight Exercises by J Maxwell – jmaxfitness.com

The complete guide to training with free weights by M Lauren, J Clark – 2011 – Ballantine Books

Treadmill walking with body weight support: Effect of treadmill, harness and body weight support systems by G Marsh – 2014 – books.google.com