Bodyweight exercises are a type of strength training that utilizes the individual’s own body weight as resistance, eliminating the need for external weights or equipment. These exercises are great for building strength, improving flexibility, and enhancing overall fitness without the need for a gym or specialized equipment. Here are some common bodyweight exercises:
Target the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Begin in a plank position with hands shoulder-width apart, lower your body to the ground, and then push back up.
These exercises work the back, biceps, and shoulders. Use a horizontal bar or sturdy structure to hang from, then pull your body up until your chin is above the bar.
Strengthen the lower body, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lower your body by bending your knees while keeping your back straight.
Focus on the legs and glutes. Take a step forward and lower your body until both knees are bent at 90-degree angles.
Engages the core muscles. Hold a push-up position with your body straight and your forearms on the ground, maintaining a neutral spine.
Work the core, shoulders, and legs. Start in a push-up position and alternate bringing your knees toward your chest in a running motion.
Provide a full-body workout. Begin in a standing position, drop into a squat, kick your feet back into a push-up position, do a push-up, return to the squat position, and then jump up explosively.
Target the triceps and shoulders. Use parallel bars or the edge of a stable surface, lower your body by bending your elbows, and then push back up.
Engage the back muscles. Lie underneath a sturdy horizontal bar, grab it with an overhand grip, and pull your chest towards the bar.
Focus on the lower abdominal muscles. Lie on your back and lift your legs off the ground, then lower them back down without letting your feet touch the floor.
Hollow Body Hold:
Engage the core and build stability. Lie on your back, lift your legs and shoulders off the ground, and create a “hollow” shape with your body.
Strengthen the lower back muscles. Lie face down and simultaneously lift your arms, chest, and legs off the ground while keeping your core engaged.
These exercises can be modified to match different fitness levels, and they can be combined into a routine for a comprehensive workout. Always remember to maintain proper form and listen to your body to avoid injury. If you’re new to exercise, consider consulting a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new workout routine.