Last updated: January 17, 2017 There’s a hidden secret that most gym owners probably don’t want you to know. To stay in tip-top shape, you don’t need weights, kettlebells or even fitness machines. Your body is actually the greatest “machine” that you own. It’s for this reason that the following 5 best bodyweight exercises can help you get in the best shape of your life.
Best Bodyweight Exercise #5. Planks
Planks are one of the greatest workouts that you can do for strengthening your core.
When you exercise your core, you actually help to build your entire body, since your core is your body’s foundation that keeps everything interconnected.
Planks require that you balance on your toes and elbows, while also keeping your back extended. Planks are sometimes also referred to as “bows and toes” for this reason, since you’re essentially only balancing on your elbows and toes.
Doing just 2-3 minutes of the plank pose per day just might be all that you need to maintain a rock-solid mid-section that you can feel great about.
Best Bodyweight Exercise #4. Lunges
Walking around your home while repeatedly lunging down to the ground is one of the simplest and most effective bodyweight exercises that you can perform to strengthen your hips, butt and thighs.
Lunges will even work your core as well.
If you spend a lot of time sitting down, doing walking lunges is a great way to do some light cardiovascular exercise while you also tone your legs at the same time.
Best Bodyweight Exercise #3. Squats
Bodyweight squats are an all-around amazing exercise for your entire lower body. While you’ll primarily be targeting your quadriceps by performing bodyweight squats, you’ll also be working your calves and hamstrings as well. Interestingly enough, squats also raise your heart rate, so you should feel a nice cardiovascular pump after doing enough squats.
Try to aim for about 40+ bodyweight squats per day in sets of 10 (with short breaks in-between sets), as this is a great beginner’s goal that can be accomplished by anyone.
However, you can of course do many more squats throughout the day if you’re interested in more intensive exercise. Some people regularly do 100+ bodyweight squats per day, and that is a serious workout.
Best Bodyweight Exercise #2. Diamond push ups
Diamond push ups are by far one of the greatest exercises that you can perform to target your triceps. Many people don’t even realize that triceps make up roughly 2/3 of the human arm. So, exercising this crucial muscle is often severely overlooked.
And, while diamond push ups might sound glamorous, the exercise itself is fairly intense.
Simply position both of your hands in a triangular, diamond shape, and start by doing just 10 of these difficult push ups per day, until you can work your way up to doing 25+ or more.
Best Bodyweight Exercise #1. Pull ups
Purchasing a high-quality pull-up bar for your home is one of the least expensive and most effective investments that you can make for your overall health.
Performing just 10 simple pull ups per day is a great way to work your entire upper body in under one minute. Doing a single pull up will allow you to strengthen your biceps, chest and back. It’s the perfect exercise for tightening your favorite features, and looking amazing as well.
Overall, your time is extremely valuable, and no one wants to waste it. This is why I recommend that you always put aside just a tiny bit of time each day to knock out these 5 essential life-changing bodyweight exercises.
Doing a simple workout routine consisting of planks, lunges, squats, diamond push ups and pull ups should take you no longer than 20-30 minutes, and you’ll feel much more energized after finishing this powerhouse fitness circuit. This is often all that you’ll need to do in order to burn fat, make your body trim and flexible, and enjoy having muscles that are lean and attractive…