Body Weight Exercises Are They Enough?
If they’re not already, body weight exercises should be an integral part of your workout and fitness routine. Here’s why…
Most body weight exercises typically mimic more natural and organic movements, which means they’ll have a bigger impact on all your movements at a daily level. Sit-ups for example can help strengthen that core and protect your back when you have to lean down and pick up those heavy grocery bags.
What I believe you will especially like is that body weight exercises allow you to challenge your body and increase your strength while reducing the likelihood of injury. That’s why they are especially appropriate when you’re getting back into the swing of things or you’re just not yet comfortable being at the gym using dumbbells or free weights.
As a side bonus have this following list of body exercises at your arsenal when you want to do a home workout or you’re traveling and exercise equipment may not be available.
Whatever the reason, you really can’t go wrong by including body weight exercises into your fitness routine. At the very least, they’re a great way to add some variety to your workout program and challenge your muscles in new ways.
7 Body Weight Exercises to Get You Ripped
To help you get started, I’ve designed 7 basic but totally effective body weight exercises to get you in amazing shape. Add them to your current workout routine, or run through each exercise back to back without resting for a total body workout program to accelerate your metabolism and help you get ripped. Once you’ve gone through all the exercises, rest for 30 seconds and then do them again 2 more times. Now we’re talking! Get ready to sweat…
1. Ab Crunch – A quintessential exercise to strengthen your core, the ab crunch is where you want to start and to make it challenging slow it down and really clench those ab muscles when you contract and bring your chest to your knees. Just make sure you don’t pull on your neck. Aim for 20-30 reps per set. To view this exercise, click here.
For another variation of a great abdominal exercise that relies on body weight, try the Bicycle Crunch. To view this exercise, click here.
2. Squat – The squat remains one of the most effective lower body exercises, and you don’t need any added weight to reap the benefits. With knees shoulder width apart and your eyes looking straight ahead lower down your body slowly. Keep your back as straight as possible throughout. Want to make it even harder? Try doing squats on just one foot and have your other leg straight out in front of you. Aim for a minimum of 12-15 reps per set. To view this exercise, click here.