You don’t have weights but you want to build muscle. Does this mean that you get to skip your workout just because you don’t have any equipment? No!
There’s absolutely on reason why you should skip a workout in the event you don’t have weights. This is not a valid reason! Personal training Toronto experts want you to get off of that couch and into your gym clothes, ready to train with a number of body weight exercises that are guaranteed to be just as, or even more, challenging than weights.
The great thing about body weight exercises is that not only do you not need any equipment, you also get a great workout that can be customized according to your level of fitness. Lower intensity by doing less reps at a leisurely pace, or increase intensity by really concentrating on each, doing more reps, and picking up the pace.
1. Push ups. A perfect push up is an exercise that targets the chest, arms and mid section. This really is one of the most efficient and strength boosting exercises you can do, as long as you do it right. Switch up to keep it interesting by narrowing the space between your hands. Remember to keep your elbows as close to your body as possible.
2. Burpees. A cardiovascular and muscle-toning exercise. As you jump up, go as high as you can to work the leg muscles.
3. Lunges. Deeper lunges are more challenging here. You can perform stationary or travelling lunges – whatever you prefer.
4. Plank. Keep your back as parallel to the ground as possible. You don’t want your butt to be sticking up or your back to curve.
5. Jump squats. Another great exercise that will burn that butt flab and make your thighs quiver after you’ve finished.
Perform one set of each without resting, then take a little rest before starting the circuit again for the second and third time. By the third and final time, you should be barely able to complete all the reps, because your body will be that tired. Don’t believe us? It’s okay, we’re used to people not thinking this is hard – until they try it themselves! Aim for 8 reps for beginners (with a 30second hold for the plank) and kick it up to 15 (with a 2 minute hold for the plank) if you want the challenge.
The fantastic thing about this circuit is that you don’t need any equipment at all, plus you’ll still be building muscle and improving strength. Exercises courtesy of Personal training Toronto