Whether you just started working out or you’ve already developed a daily workout routine, anybody can include bodyweight exercises into their fitness regimen. As the term implies, bodyweight exercises refer to exercises that involve your body weight, and can be done without equipment.
“The biggest misconception about bodyweight exercises is that you can’t build muscle or tone up while doing them,” shares Natalie Dau, an athlete, fitness personality and founder of the Rockstar Fit app.
Not only do these exercises rev up your metabolic rate, they build muscle and tone the entire body. Plus, they are safe to do regardless of experience, age or fitness level.
“Benefits of doing them include increased flexibility, strength, better balance and improved posture – which only comes from doing these compound movements and improving your core strength,” says Natalie.
So once the standard exercises (squats, push-up, lunges) become easy, both Natalie and fitness coach Muhammad Fazrul (Faz) recommend variations to amp up the burn. To get started, try these five power-packed bodyweight moves.