Quick – picture a typical fitness center. Got it? Now make a list of equipment made available to you. What did you come up with? About 50, 100, 200 pieces of exercise equipment! Now for the really interesting questions: How much of that equipment is absolutely necessary? The answer might surprise you…
None! Not a single item. There’s no machine, weight or contraption on the planet mandatory to getting fit. The only two things you really need are your body and a healthy dose of willpower. When combined, a willingness to work and your own body can produce an endless array of weightless workouts guaranteed to whip you into shape.
Think about it, military forces and Olympic gymnasts utilize bodyweight training as a mainstay in their fitness arsenal. Admittedly, you might not be ready for muscle-ups or the iron-cross. Still, you have to start somewhere. Maybe that’s bodyweight squats and push-ups. Fine, start there. As you progress, remember that, if bodyweight training is good enough for elite fighting forces and world champion athletes, it can work for us regular guys and gals, too.
Now, about that “getting started” thing. We have you covered. What follows is an entire weightless workout. This total body fitness workout is geared toward strength training. Don’t stress, it won’t make you bulky. Bodyweight exercises help build lean, toned muscle. To complete the workout, perform each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds after each move. For an added challenge, and an extra bit of cardio, try performing every exercise back-to-back without resting until you’ve completed every move. Then rest 90 seconds. Whichever method you choose, this workout can be completed 1-5 times depending on your fitness level and time frame.