Exercise

7 Bodyweight-Only Workouts

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*Note: This article was written in the Spring of 2020, when much of the world was in “Shelter in Place” or full “Lockdown”.

With the world being in either full lock down or shelter in place mode, we all need to be prepared to workout at home.  Make no mistake, the COVID-19 pandemic will get worse before it gets better.  Keeping your body healthy enhances your immune system and places you in a lower risk group to have complications, should you contract the virus.  It’s times like this where your health is MOST important.  Without it, literally nothing else matters.

With all of the stress and uncertainty right now, we should be shifting the focus of our training to restoration.  By intensifying workouts, it will just add to that stress, which we don’t want.  Everyone should be exercising at a moderate intensity.  This is a great time to focus on nasal breathing, using your diaphragm (not chest) to initiate each breath.

THE NITTY GRITTY

These are home gym workouts that require no equipment.  Each workout is roughly 1 hour long and includes a Warm-Up, Workout, and Cool Down.

Each workout is written for the advanced gym goer, however, included with each are beginner, intermediate, and advanced+ options so that everyone can participate, regardless of ability level.

I have provided 7 days worth of programming.  If you are advanced, you should be able to handle 5-6 workouts per week.  Intermediate folks should aim for 4-5 days per week, with beginners striving for 3-4 days per week.

THE WORKOUTS

WORKOUT #1

Warm-Up 

  • 25 minute Run at a moderate pace, focus on breathing with your diaphragm.

Workout

– 10 Rounds (as fast as possible, but with good form)

  • 10 Push Ups
  • 15 Sit Ups
  • 20 Air Squats

Beginner – 5 Push Ups, 7 Sit Ups, 10 Air Squats

Intermediate – 7 Push Ups, 10 Sit Ups, 15 Air Squats

Advanced+ – 10 Clapping Push Ups, 15 V-Ups, 20 Jumping Air Squats

Modifications:  Modify Push Ups to Knee Push Ups and Sit Ups to Crunches as needed.

Cool Down

  • Single Leg Forward Fold (1 min each side)
  • Half Saddle (1 min each side)
  • Low Dragon (1 min each side)
  • Child’s Pose (1 min)
  • Down Dog (1 min).

WORKOUT #2

Warm Up

5 Sets of :45 Work/:15 Rest at each of the following 3 stations…

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Cossack Squats
  • Plank Shoulder Taps

* Rotate through each station for a total of 15 minutes

Workout

6 Sets of :45 Work/:15 Rest at each of the following 5 stations…

  • Static Lunge Hold (left leg forward)
  • Mt Climbers
  • Static Lunge Hold (right leg forward)
  • Flutter Kicks
  • High Plank Hold

* Rotate through each station for a total of 30 minutes.

Beginner – Reduce each set to :20 Work/:40 Rest at each station.

Intermediate – Reduce each set to :30 Work/:30 Rest at each station.

Advanced+ – Increase each set to :50 work/:10 Rest at each station.

Modifications:  Modify Lunge Hold to less depth, reduce range of motion on Mt. Climbers, and switch to Low Plank Hold as needed.

Cool Down

  • Seal Pose (2 minutes)
  • Double Leg Forward Fold (2 minutes)
  • Full Saddle (2 minutes)
  • Down Dog (1 minute)
  • Sumo Squat (1 minute)

WORKOUT #3

Warm Up

5 Sets

  • 20 Groiners (10 each side)
  • 15 Up Downs
  • 10 Bent Over Arm Raises
  • 5 Inch Worms

Workout

5 Sets

  • 10 Superman’s
  • 10 Alternating Jumping Lunges (5 each side)
  • 10 Jumping Air Squats
  • 10 Pike Push Ups
  • 10 “6 count” Burpees

*Rest 1:00 between sets.  

**Jump as high as you can on the Jumping Air Squats.  Burpees are “6 count”, meaning you must hit each of the following 6 positions.  From a standing position…squat and place hands on ground, sprawl into a plank, perform a push up, pause at the top (plank), kick both feet back up into a squat, then jump off the ground.  No flopping, no stepping back, no “snaking” the Push Up, and keep your feet at hip width the entire time.  These are PERFECT burpees.

Beginner – Increase rest period to 2:00 each round.

Intermediate – Increase rest period to 1:30 each round.

Advanced+ – Reduce the rest period to :30 and go HARD each round.

Modifications:  Modify Jump Lunges to regular Alternating Lunges, Jumping Squats to regular Air Squats, Pike Push Ups to Knee Push Ups, and Burpees to Up-Downs as needed.

Cool Down

  • Seated Crossed Shin (right leg in front, 2 minutes)
  • Seated Crossed Shin (left leg in front, 2 minutes)
  • Lying Supine Twist (right side)
  • Lying Supine Twist (left side)
  • Full Saddle w/Toe Stretch

WORKOUT #4

Warm Up

5 Sets at your own pace, quality reps…

  • 10 Arm Haulers
  • 15 Sit Ups
  • 20 Russian Twists

Workout

“Deck of Cards”

You’ll need to choose two exercises and have a deck of cards handy (there are apps for this if you don’t have a deck of cards).  Shuffle the deck and draw a card.  Perform the number of reps you see on the card for each movement.  

For face cards, Jacks = 11, Queen = 12, King = 13, Ace = 14.  Once you complete the reps, flip another card.  Keep doing this until you have gone through the entire deck.  Total reps will be 416 per exercise, so choose wisely.  Movements chosen should be movements you are comfortable doing for high volume, high repetitions.  

*Avoid GHD Sit Ups, Pull Ups, Jumping Pull Ups, and Box Jumps.

**My personal favorite for this amount of volume is Sit Ups and Air Squats.  For example, if you were to flip over a 9, you would do 9 Sit Ups and 9 Air Squats before turning the next card.  Other great options include Push Ups, Supermans, Arm Haulers, Burpees, Alt. Lunges, Russian Twists, Jumping Jacks, Calf Raises, Glute Bridges.  But don’t stop there, be creative!

Beginner – Use 1/3 of the deck, which would be 17 cards.

Intermediate – Use 2/3 of the deck, which would be 34 cards.

Advanced+ – Add a third movement into the mix, still using a simple bodyweight movement.

Modifications:  The only thing to consider here is being realistic with your own physical limitations.  With the high volume of the deck of cards, do not bite off more than you can chew on this one!

Cool Down

“Danny Flow” – This is a flow style cool down that rotates through…

  • :30 of Cossack Squats
  • :30 Lizard Stretch
  • :30 “Worlds Greatest Stretch”
  • :30 Dragon Pose
  • :30 Full Saddle
  • :30 Down Dog
  • :30 Seal Pose
  • :30 Saddle with Toe Stretch

WORKOUT #5

Warm Up

5 Rounds

  • 100m Jog
  • 10 Single Leg RDL (each side)
  • 1 Shoulder Complex

* 1 “Shoulder Complex” consists of 10 Bent Over Arm Raises, 10 Standing Side Raises, and 10 Standing Front Raises with no weight in hands.

Workout

“21’s” 

Pick two movements and begin by doing 20/1, then 19/2, 18/3, and so on until you end with 1/20.  Each set consists of 21 reps.  The total repetitions for each movement are 210, so choose wisely!

* My personal favorite is Push Ups and Sit Ups.  Other options are Burpees, Jumping Split Lunges, Jumping Air Squats, Up Downs, Tuck Jumps, Arm Haulers, Air Squats, the sky is the limit!

Beginner – Reduce volume to “11’s”.  10/1, 9/2,…all the way down to 1/10.

Intermediate – Reduce volume to “16’s”.  15/1,…all the way down to 1/15.

Advanced+ – Incorporate more advanced movements like Clapping Push Ups, Pistol Squats, Handstand Push Ups, etc.

Modifications:  Be realistic with the movements you choose, the volume is sneaky and adds up quick!

Cool Down

  • Twisted Cross (2 minutes each side)
  • Thread the Needle (2 minutes each side)
  • Child’s Pose (2 minutes each side)
  • Down Dog (1 minute)
  • Standing Quad Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Standing Cross Body Shoulder Stretch (1 minute each side)

WORKOUT #6

Warm Up

– 15 Minutes AMRAP (as many rounds as possible), at a moderate warm up pace…

  • 10 Alternating Samson Lunges
  • 10 J-Squats
  • 10 Shoulder Circles forward/back
  • 10 Scap Push Ups
  • 10 Alternating Table Tops

Workout

Part 1 – “Death By Burpee”

Start a clock and do 1 Burpee the first minute, 2 Burpees the second minute, so on and so forth until you cannot perform the required amount within the minute.  When you complete the required amount within the minute, use the remainder of that minute to rest.    Strive to work for 20 minutes, even if you fall off.  For example, if you get to minute 10 and cannot perform 10 Burpees in that minute, subtract 2-3 reps and keep going until 20 minutes is up.  So in that case, you’d finish the last 10 minutes doing 7-8 reps each minute.

Part 2 – “Death by 10m Shuttle Run”.  Same format as above, except you’ll be adding 10 meters each minute.  This is shuttle run style, so after the first minute you will be running 10m down and back until you hit the required distance.  This one won’t last as long as the Burpees.  Strive to work for 15 minutes even if you fall off pace, using the same scheme as above.

Beginner – Strive to hit 10 Burpees on Part 1 and 80m on Part 2.

Intermediate – Strive to hit 15 Burpees on Part 1 and 110m on Part 2.

Advanced+ – Strive to hit 25 Burpees on Part 1 and 170m on Part 2.

Modifications:  Switch Burpees to Up-Downs as needed.  This is also a format that can be used for many movements.  Push Ups, Sit Ups, Squats…the possibilities are endless.

Cool Down

  • Triceps Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Door Frame Chest Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Seated Trunk Twist (1 minute each side)
  • Seated Straddle (2 minutes)
  • Forearm Stretch (1 minute each side)

WORKOUT #7

Warm Up

10 Minute AMRAP at a moderate, warm up pace…

  • :20 R Side Plank
  • :20 Plank
  • :20 L Side Plank
  • 10 Alternating Lunges w/Twist
  • :30 Bottom of Squat Hold
  • 30 Jumping Jacks

Workout

Part 1

5 Rounds

  • 30 Ice Skaters
  • 10 Bodyweight “Man Makers”
  • 30 Glute Bridge Ups

* 1 Bodyweight “Man Maker” includes…2 Alternating Jumping Split Lunges, Sprawl into a Plank, Push Up, Sit Through (left), Sit Through (right), two foot kick up towards hands, then stand.  Each rep should be smooth and deliberate.  Quality movement before speed.

** Each set of Ice Skaters and Glute Bridge Ups should be done without stopping.  Pause for :01 at the top of each Glute Bridge Up.

Part 2

5 Sets

  • :30 Hollow Hold/
  • 10 Diamond Push Ups

Beginner – 10 Ice Skaters, 3 “Man Makers”, 10 Glute Bridge Ups.

Intermediate – 20 Ice Skaters, 7 “Man Makers”, 20 Glute Bridge Ups.

Advanced+ – 40 Ice Skaters, 12 “Man Makers”, 40 Glute Bridge Ups.

Modifications:  Part 1…Modify Ice Skaters to Side Lunges and take out the Sit Throughs on the “Man Makers” as needed.  Part 2…Modify Hollow Hold to Tuck Hold and Diamond Push Ups to regular Push Ups as needed.

Cool Down

  • Down Dog with Calf Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Pigeon Pose (1 minute each side)
  • 90/90 Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Seated Pretzel (1 minute each side)
  • Corpse’s Pose (2 minutes)

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