Luckily for you, you already have the best weights you need to build muscle. Body weight! Exercises that require your body weight are a great way to get fit, with no money spent constantly on home gym equipment and barbells and the ever increasing amount of money you would have to spend on weight sets. Most all exercises you do with your body weight are also compound workouts, meaning they work out more than one muscle at a time. That means you could do fewer excercises with better results. Today I’m going to give you a full body routine that will tone your body like no other, and it’s only five quick exercises.
Push-ups are the all time best body weight exercise you can perform to build a multitude of muscles including your chest, biceps, triceps, back, and lats. Push-ups can also be altered to work different muscles, such as a close-grip push up, which works primarily triceps.
Here is a great video demonstrating how to do a perfect push-up:
We’ve got our push motion, now let’s talk about the pull movement. You know the v-shape body you crave if you’re a male? Pull-ups will work your lats like crazy (along with a plethora of other muscles) giving you that awesome greek god like v-shape. Pull-ups are also great for women. Now I do have to mention, to do pull-ups at home your will have to get a pull-up bar that can just hang on your door. You can purchase them on amazon or walmart for only around 20$. Pull-ups work your lats, biceps, core, back, and obliques.
Here’s a video of how to start doing pull-ups (even if you aren’t able to do one normal one yet):
3. Tricep Dips
A great way to grow your triceps at home is by using your body weight against a chair doing an exercise called tricep dips. Tricep dips work primarily your triceps but also your biceps slightly and will give you nice strong arms. All you need is a chair – or table – or maybe even bed frame! It can be done so many places around the house. Check out this quick video for an explanation!
4. Squats and Lunges
Squats and Lunges will work your butt mostly, which is what a lot of girls strive after. Men too! If you want a well-rounded body you cannot leave out leg exercises like squats and lunges (seriously, please don’t skip it!). In this video you will be shown a workout routine that implements both squats and lunges to grow your legs and glutes a ton! The main muscles targeted in squats and lunges are quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Now go and work them out! Good luck!
Sit-ups are the last workout on this list for a phenomenal body just using body weight exercises. Sit-ups are going to work your abdominals, giving you six back abs and that “V” down your stomach that is oh so awesome! Below is a video from a fitness expert Brandon Carter who is very intense but will get you awesome results by showing you multiple ab workouts you can do to get the best work out possible. These workouts will exercise your abdominals and your obliques.
And that is all you need to get a phenomenal body all from home! All you need is your body, determination, to be consistent in your workouts and a good diet and there is literally no way you won’t get fit and toned. You have the equipment you need, you have the knowledge you need, now all you need to do is go and do it, like Shie Lebeof says. But in all seriousness, you have the knowledge, the rest is just up to you. Good luck!
Connor Burns has been studying the fitness industry for 6+ years. First, as a student by learning and applying exercise methods and approaches until perfecting his craft and now as a teacher by teaching local students and through online teachings. Take his email course here.