Think you need a health club to get in shape? You have been blessed, since birth, with the only piece of workout equipment that really matters. The equipment I’m referring to is the human body. It furnishes you with all the resistance you’ll need to achieve your fitness goals.
With this great tool at your disposal, you’ll be well on your way to improving your overall strength, endurance and appearance. Bodyweight exercises can be performed anywhere you have space and opportunity. No extra funds or workout equipment is needed. Below are some exercises to help get your bodyweight workout plan together.
Chest and Triceps
Push-ups are a great workout for building and maintaining upper body strength levels. Also, they can be completed in a variety of ways. The standard push-up targets the same muscles as the bench press. Narrowing the position of your hands puts more focus on the triceps. Elevate your legs to emulate a workload similar to an incline bench press while elevating your upper body works like a decline press.
Everyone is well aware of the classic sit-up and its ability to work the abdominal muscles. Sit-ups can also be done in a variety of ways to target different parts of the core. Perform crunches to hit the upper abdomen. Leg lifts will attack the lower abs. Adding planks to your core regimen give you an isometric approach to strengthening your abs.
It’s difficult to get a good back workout without weights. Difficult, but not impossible. Try doing back extensions using your bed or other piece of furniture you can lay across comfortably. Drape your body over the edge of your bed, face down, to perform back extensions. It’s important to work your back muscles along with your abs to promote balance and stability in these opposing muscle groups.
Performing squats using your bodyweight does wonders for strengthening your leg muscles. The entire body benefits from strong legs considering they already carry your bodyweight around on a regular basis. Also try adding some plyometric exercises to increase your legs power potential for activities like running and jumping.
Using your bodyweight as resistance is a great start toward your fitness goals. Bodyweight exercises are beneficial all year round, but especially in the winter, when motivation to leave the home is the lowest. These exercises are also good for beginners, slowly improving the body while preparing for more intense workouts involving weights. Regardless of whether you’re a novice or a pro, bodyweight exercises are a great part of living an active, healthy lifestyle.