Why You Should do Bodyweight Exercises

There are a lot of different types of fitness programs, from those you do at the gym, to at-home workouts. Each of these varies in intensity, type, and benefits. If you are interested in something you can do at home without equipment, bodyweight might be for you. Here are some of the top benefits of doing bodyweight exercises.

strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle - napoleon hill quote

You Can do it Anywhere

This is definitely one of the top benefits of bodyweight exercises. You don’t have to leave your home or find a gym. There is no equipment you need to purchase and find a place for, plus it costs you nothing. Bodyweight exercises rely only on your own weight and the intensity you bring to each move. You can do them at home, in the office, at a park or the beach, just about anywhere. While traveling, it is easy to do them in your hotel room or on your balcony, without having to look for a gym or go for a run.

It Works Out Your Entire Body

Another reason to start incorporating bodyweight exercises into your fitness routine is that it can work out your entire body. Most bodyweight moves will target one specific area, but also benefit others as well. For example, elbow planks are often done for your core and abdominal muscles, but your arms, shoulders, and even your leg muscles are also getting a fantastic workout. Moves like jumping jacks, wall sits, burpees, and mountain climbers are similar; they are working for multiple muscle groups at the
same time.



Just a few benefits to building your muscle mass up with body weight exercises


There is Cardio and Strength Training

Many people believe bodyweight is just for strength training, but a lot of moves provide high-intensity cardio as well. If you don’t like boring cardio workouts, do the jumping and high-intensity bodyweight moves instead! This is when you do the moves that require lifting your body off the ground and doing jumps. There are many different types of jumps aside from just jumping jacks. Plank jacks, punches, and skaters are some other moves that provide an excellent cardio workout.

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Bodyweight is Perfect for Lean Muscles

Since you aren’t adding any weights with these moves, you are working on long, lean muscles. You don’t have to worry about bulking up, though you will be able to lose weight and tone your body with bodyweight exercises. You can still do some weights, but incorporating more bodyweight moves really focuses on those long muscles.

To help you get started, here's a list of…

92 Bodyweight Workouts that Will leave you feeling awesome

  1. 10 rounds of 10 second “L” sits off the floor
  2. “Susan” – 5 rounds for time:  Run 200m, then 10 squats, 10 push ups
  3. Run 1 mile and at every 1 minute complete 10 air squats, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups
  4. 10 Rounds for time:  10 burpees, 100 m sprint
  5. 10 handstand jackknife to vertical jump, 10 handstand jackknife to tuck jump, 10 handstand jackknife to straddle jump.
  6. 3 Rounds for time:  10 Handstand push-ups, 200 m run
  7. 6 Rounds for time:  10 push ups, 10 air squats, and 10 sit-ups
  8. 10 rounds for time:  10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 sit-ups
  9. 10 rounds for time:  10 push-ups, 100m dash
  10. 5 rounds for time:  10 push-ups, 10 hollow rocks, run 200 meters
  11. 10 rounds:  10 push-ups, 10 squats
  12. 10 rounds for time:  10 hand-release push-ups, 10 v-sits, then 10 squats
  13. 10 rounds for time:  10 sit-ups, 10 burpees
  14. 4 Rounds for time:  10 vertical jumps, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups
  15. 5 Rounds for time:  10 vertical jumps, run 400 meters
  16. 10 rounds for time: 10 walking lunges, 10 push-ups
  17. 10 sets of 100 m dash (rest is length of time it took you to complete the last 100 m sprint)
  18. 100 air squats, rest 3 minutes, 100 air squats, rest 3 minutes, 100 air squats
  19. For time complete 100 air squats
  20. For time complete 100 burpees
  21. For time:  100 jumping jacks, 75 air squats, 50 push ups, 25 burpees
  22. For time:  100 push ups
  23. 10 to 1 ladder:  Burpees and Sit-ups
  24. 10 to 1 ladder:  sit-ups/pushups and a 100 meter sprint between each set.
  25. 10 sets of:  30 second handstand hold followed by holding for 30 seconds at bottom of squat
  26. 10 x 50 meter sprint (rest is 2 minutes between sprints)
  27. 3 Rounds for time:  20 jumping jacks, 20 burpees, 20 air squats
  28. 4 Rounds for time:  20 ab mat sit-ups, 20 push-ups, 400 meter run
  29. For time complete 200 air squats
  30. For time complete 250 jumping jacks
  31. 3 Rounds for time:  Run 1/2 mile, then 50 air squats
  32. 5 Rounds:  3 vertical jumps, 3 squats, 3 long jumps (rest as needed)
  33. 3 Rounds:  30 push-ups, 30 second handstand
  34. 5 Rounds:  30 second handstand against a wall, followed by a 30 second static hold at the bottom of the squat
  35. 5 rounds:  30 second handstand, 60 second squat hold ( at the bottom of the squat)
  36. 3 x 20 tuck jumps, followed by 3 x 30 second handstand holds
  37. 3 rounds for time:  400m run/sprint followed by 30 air squats
  38. 4 sets x 25 jumping squats
  39. 3 rounds for form/technique:  5 handstand to jackknife to high jump, 5 handstand to jackknife to tuck jump, 5 handstand to jackknife to split jump
  40. 20 rounds:  5 push-ups, 5 squats, 5 sit-ups
  41. 10 Rounds:  5 push ups with a 30 second plebs plank (a hold at the top of the push up, arms extended and body tight like a plank!).
  42. 5 Rounds:  200 m dash (rest is the length of time it took you to complete the previous 200m dash)
  43. 50 air squats x 5. Rest equal amounts as it took to do each 50.
  44. 50 air squats, 4 rounds. rest for 2 minutes between rounds.
  45. 50 sit-ups, 400 meter run or sprint or walk. 3 rounds.
  46. 5 x 400M sprints (rest is the same time it took you to complete the last 400m sprint)
  47. 7 rounds for time:  7 squats, 7 burpees
  48. air squat x 10 push up x 10 sit up x 10 3 rounds for time
  49. Air squatsx20, Burpiesx20, Push-Upsx20 – 3 rounds…for time
  50. bottom to bottom ( rest at the bottom of the squat instead of standing….without support on your hands or butt and make the bottom good, straight back, butt back)…..Tabata squats.
  51. Burpee to the push-up position, do 10 push ups, burpee out. 5 rounds.
  52. Do one air squat and take one breath, (you can breathe all you want while you do the squat or squats) do 2 and take 2 breaths etc…up to 10, and then come back down to one.
  53. Do Tabata Squats with eyes closed.
  54. Handstand 1 minute, hold the bottom of the squat for 1 minute, 5 rounds.
  55. Handstand 10 seconds jack-knife to vertical jump. 25 reps…
  56. Handstand 30 seconds and 10 squats, 8 rounds.
  57. handstand 30 seconds and 20 air squats, 5 rounds.
  58. handstand 30 seconds, to squat hold 30 seconds. 10 rounds.
  59. Handstand 5x 30 seconds. Run: 2x 800 meters for time. Do the handstands first. Rest and recover and do the runs with a rest in between that is as long as it took you to run your first 800.
  60. handstand hold, 30 seconds, squat hold 30 seconds…10 rounds.
  61. Handstand practice, 25 tries at free handstands, then a 1 mile run at 80%.
  62. Handstand to Jack-Knife to vertical jump. 30 Reps.
  63. Handstands, 30-second hold, 30-second static squat, 30-second rest, 8 rounds.
  64. If you cannot do “man's style” do your pushups from the knees. After that do 100 air squats for time.
  65. Invisible Fran…21-15-9 of air squats and push ups for time.
  66. Mime 4x 25 sumo deadlift high pulls, make them perfect. Be sure the hips extend before the arms bend!
  67. Plebs plank, the bottom of squat, hollow rock hold, 30 seconds each for 10 rounds. Use the transition times as your rest periods…they should be as brief as possible.
  68. Run 1 mile and do 10 push-ups every 1 minute.
  69. Run 1 mile for time.
  70. Run 1 mile with 100 air squats at midpoint, for time.
  71. Run 1 mile, lunging 30 steps every 1 minute.
  72. Run 1 mile, plus 50 squats-for time.
  73. Run 1 mile, stopping every minute to do 20 air squats.
  74. Run 1 minute, squat 1 minute 5 rounds.
  75. run 200 meters, 50 squats, 3 rounds
  76. run 400 meters, 50 air squats. 4rounds.
  77. run 400m air squat 30 handstand 30 seconds 3 rounds for time
  78. Run with high knees for 15 seconds and drop into a pushup, get back up and run with high knees again for 15 seconds…….repeat 5x. Each pushup counts as 1 rep. Rest. Do 3 more rounds.
  79. spend a total of 3 minutes in a handstand.
  80. Spend a total of 5 minutes in a handstand or headstand. If you are using the headstand do not stay over a minute at a time.
  81. Sprint 100 meters, Walk 100 meters, 10 rounds.
  82. sprint 100m 30 squats…8 rounds.
  83. Sprint 200m and do 25 push ups, 3 rounds.
  84. sprint 50 meters, 10 push-ups. 10 rounds.
  85. Tabata Squats: 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest, 8 rounds. Count your lowest score.
  86. Tabata Push-ups.
  87. Tabata squats and Tabata pushups.
  88. Ten vertical jumps ( jump as high as you can, land and do it again), 10 push-ups 5 rounds.
  89. Test yourself on a max set of push ups…tight body chest to the floor…full extension!
  90. Walk 100 meters on your hands, even if it is 2 meters at a time.
  91. 10 Rounds for time:  Run 100 meters, then 20 air squats
  92. 4 Rounds:  Hold a handstand for 30 seconds or do 5 handstand push ups, then run 400 meters

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