Don’t you need to use free weights and weight machines to develop toned muscles and prevent osteoporosis?
This is a common misconception in the minds of many individuals. To develop a toned body and prevent osteoporosis, you need to do weight bearing exercises. The weight itself does not have to come from a dumbbell or machine. In fact, your very own body weight is all the weight you’ll ever need! Using your own body weight to work out is much safer, more effective and more practical than using hand held weights or machines. Exercises such as pushups, squats, lunges and tricep dips off a chair are examples of very effective exercises using your own body weight. The Hard-Body Yoga style of training is built entirely on the “use your own body weight” concept. Free weights and weight machines always added bulk to my body and it seemed as though I was always injured. I personally haven’t lifted a weight in over 7 years except for my own body weight and I’ve never looked or felt better!