I’m a huge fan of bodyweight exercises because they are simple, you don’t need any equipment (unless you want to add extra resistance using free weights), and you can do them just about anywhere in a small amount of space. Some bodyweight exercises can be a little more challenging than others. However, even the most basic exercises, when performed back-to-back in a circuit, can get your heart rate up and have you burning fat.
My favorite way to perform these types of exercises is by choosing several of them to do back-to-back in rounds. I’ll usually do 15-20 reps of each exercise until I run through them all, rest one minute, and repeat 4-5 more times. Some beginner bodyweight exercises can include:
Mike Chang of Six Pack Shortcuts has a good beginner workout that is about 7 minutes long and is performed as a circuit.
Simple 7 Minute Beginner Bodyweight Workout
YouTube video: 7 minute workout
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This workout consists of:
- Push-ups (30 seconds)
- Toe touches (30 seconds)
- Squats (30 seconds)
- High knees (30 seconds)
- Rest 30 seconds to 1 minute
- Repeat 3 more times