Can you build endurance with bodyweight training?
Many people think cardio is the only way to build endurance. While it can be a great form of building endurance, it is not the only way. To understand this, it helps to know how muscle activity is supported.
Blood vessels are important tissues that allow muscles to function. Both the arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the muscle, and the veins, which carry blood back to the heart, experience significant growth during any form of exercise.
There are several reasons for this. The first and simplest is because larger muscles just need a larger blood supply. Blood provides nutrients and helps expel waste, in essence, keeping tissue alive. A more interesting reason depends on muscular contraction. Flexing your muscles squeezes blood out of them, starving them of oxygen. This deprivation is what causes a burning sensation. The greater and longer the deprivation, the stronger the burn. It’s these periods of little blood in the muscle (and therefore little oxygen) that stimulate more blood vessel growth.
Why is this important? The more blood efficiently you can deliver blood to muscles, the longer you can go. Bodyweight fitness can involve much higher reps (depending on the exercise) than weight lifting, making it even more effective at stimulating blood vessel growth.
Therefore, yes, bodyweight training will increase your endurance.