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Home Workout | 10 Most Effective Bodyweight Exercises to do at Home

Pushkar Garg 10 August, 2020 Updated on : 10 Aug 2020
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Gyms and other fitness centers have been permitted to open and fitness enthusiasts must be psyched. However, how the states implement the “unlock” is still unclear. Whether you visit the gym or squeeze in a 30-minute workout at home, you need to be physically active to stay fit and healthy. In case the gyms do not open in your locality or you can’t figure out when to visit or simply do not feel comfortable visiting the gym, work on a home workout plan. A full-body workout at home doesn’t cost you anything and you are your own boss.

You can always make a home gym with a few equipment – nothing too costly – to get a good home workout every day. But you can also workout at home without equipment and still achieve your fitness goals. Get access to online workout videos in HD with FITCOACH by FITPASS. Do back workout at home or take up the best chest workout routine at the comfort of your home.

Full Body Workout At Home for Beginners & Experts

  1. SUPERMAN

Superman

Your back workout at home is incomplete without this amazing exercise. It focuses on all the back muscles. The movement is based primarily on the glutes in addition to the lower and upper back. Like the deadlift, superman hold builds strength through the pulling movement.

How to do Superman Exercise

  • Lie on your stomach on a yoga mat or the floor 
  • Stretch your hands straight in front of you
  • Exhale (for stability), squeeze your glutes, and then, pull your upper body and legs off the ground so that your body weight rests on your core/stomach
  • Hold for at least 45 seconds before lowering back. Repeat 2-3 times

Tip on Superman Exercise – Do not arch your back or raise your head.

  1. PLANK SHOULDER TAPS

Planks shoulder taps

This is one of the best plank variations and ought to be a part of your ab workout at home. Performing shoulder taps regularly improves core stability in addition to strengthening the glutes, triceps, lower back, and deltoids.

How to do Plank Shoulder Taps

  • Assume the high plank position on a yoga mat
  • Lift your right hand and tap it on the left shoulder while balancing the body weight on the other hand
  • Do the same with the other hand and repeat for 30 seconds or more 

Tips on Plank Shoulder Taps  – Engage your core and glutes. Try not to shift your weight too much for the best results. Place your feet wide for stability

  1. PUSH-UPS

Push Ups

All the best triceps and chest workout routines include push-ups. They target the shoulder deltoids, chest pectoral muscles, triceps, biceps, and parts of the back. It is one of the best chest exercises at home if you don't have a lot of equipment. It targets multiple joints as well. They build functional strength by stabilizing the shoulder muscles and the rotator cuffs.

How to do Push-ups

  • Assume the high plank position on a yoga mat with your hands wider than the shoulders and legs together. You can keep them wider as well
  • Engage your abs and core. Inhale as you lower your body down by bending your elbows till they are at a right angle
  • Exhale as you push back up but don't lock your elbows; keep them slightly bent

Tip on push-ups – Do not arch your back or do not let it sag

  1. DOWNWARD FACING DOG

DOWNWARD FACING DOG

The Downward facing dog position is good for twists in your body in addition to bringing blow flow to the brain. It targets all the muscles by lengthening them and thus strengthens them. This yoga pose is considered to be a relaxing exercise, which is exactly the opposite of how it feels in the beginning, especially in the shoulders. It strengthens the arms and shoulders, tones the core and arms, and stretches the hamstrings and calves.

How to do Downward Facing Dog

  • Go on all fours with your knees directly beneath your hips and palms a little forward than directly beneath the shoulders. Keep your fingers wide
  • Exhale and lift your knees off the floor without bending your elbows. Push your pelvis towards the ceiling and your hips backward
  • Straighten your legs without locking your knees. Your body should make an “A shape”
  • Press your heels into the ground for a good stretch in your hamstrings and calves
  • Hold for at least 30 seconds before bending your knees and coming back down. You may hold it for anywhere between 5 – 50 deep breaths
  1. SQUAT JUMPS

Squat Jumps

This squat variation is one of the best bodyweight exercises out there. If you have ever done a HIIT workout at home, you know how challenging and effective this exercise is. Jump squats are great for building explosive power along with upper and lower body strength. When you do this leg exercise at home or the gym, you burn much more calories as compared to regular squats. This is a great exercise for football players, tennis players, and runners. Jump squats are one of the best home exercises to lose weight and build ankle and hip flexibility.

How to do Squat Jump

  • Place your feet at hip-width and your arms at your sides. Keep your shoulders down and back
  • Lower down by bending your knees and shifting your hips backward. Go as far down as you can without lifting your heel off the floor
  • Use your arms to maintain balance – keep them straight in front of you
  • Take a brief pause at the lower extremity and push up to jump in the air. Keep your feet level with each other and parallel to the floor
  • Make the landing soft by bending your knees and push your hips backward; go directly into another squat. Land with your trunk inclining forward

Tip on Squat Jumps – Do not arch your lower back. Keep your core and glutes engaged

  1. GLUTE BRIDGE

GLUTE BRIDGE

 

An isometric exercise, glute bridge is one of the best at-home exercises for men and women. It targets the glutes and hamstrings and improves hip mobility. Performing glute bridges every day gently stretches your lower back making it more flexible. Anyone who works in front of a desk all day should make it a part of their home workout.

How to do Glute

  • Lie on the floor – face up – and bend your knees so that the feet are flat on the ground. Place your arms at your side with palms down
  • Squeeze your glutes and engage your abs
  • Push your hips off the ground until your shoulders, hips, and knees are in a straight line
  • Hold for a few breaths and lower back down. Repeat 10 times or hold the pose for at least 30 seconds and do 3 times

Tip on Glute Bridge – Do not overextend your back while pushing your hips toward the ceiling.

  1. SPLIT STANCE DEADLIFT

SPLIT STANCE DEADLIFT

You do not need a home gym or elaborate equipment to perform this deadlift variation. It relies on hinging at the hips instead of squatting as you usually do while performing the exercise at home or gym. It works the glutes and mobilizes the hamstrings. Split stance deadlift benefits the legs separately by improving muscular imbalances.

How to do Split Stance Deadlift

  • Stand straight and step your right leg forward but distribute the weight evenly on your legs
  • Push your hips back and reach down to the ground hinging at the hips
  • Squeeze the glutes of the forward leg to come back up. Do 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Tips on Split Stance Deadlift – Engage your core and keep your back straight at all times
  1. FORWARD LUNGE

FORWARD LUNGE

Forward lunge should be one of the first exercises of your legs workout at home. They target the large muscle groups in your legs – quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. They also work your abs and stabilize the core. Make forward lunges a staple of your home workout to work the glute muscles and tone your buttocks. Overall, this exercise is great for hip flexibility and balance.

How to do Forward Lunge

  • Stand with your feet at hip-width and keep your hands by your sides
  • With your right foot, take a big step forward and bend the knee until it is at a right angle to the floor
  • Push down with your right heel to return to the starting position
  • Do 12-15 repetitions on each leg

Tip on Forward Lunge – Use your hands for balance – clasp them together and extend them forward as you go down into a lunge.

  1. SIDE PLANK

SIDE PLANK

Side plank is an isometric exercise that primarily targets the oblique muscles. Your core workout at home should include side planks since it works the glutes and stabilizes the hips as well. Plus, holding your weight on your arms stabilizes your shoulders and aligns your body. The side plank doesn’t put a strain on the neck or the lower back like other core exercises. It builds balance and coordination and helps improve posture in addition to building a strong core.

How to do Side Plank

  • Lie on either side and extend your legs. Extend the elbow of the side you’re on directly under the shoulder
  • Engage your abs by drawing your navel toward your spine
  • Exhale and lift your hips and knees on your arm. Make sure the torso is in a single line
  • Hold for at least 30 seconds before returning to the starting position and going on the other side

Tips on Side Plank – Keep your head in line with the spine; don’t let it drop forward or toward the floor. Do not let your torso sag or bend.

  1. BEAR CRAWL

BEAR CRAWL

The bear crawl is a full-body exercise that involves the core and helps build stability. This is one of the best bodyweight exercises that rely on holding a pose to burn the quads and shoulders as they support your weight.

How to do Bear Crawl

  • Start on all fours – palms directly under the shoulders and knees directly under the hips
  • Lift your knees 1-2 inches off the floor
  • Lift and move your right hand and left leg forward; kind of like a baby’s crawl
  • Follow with the opposite pair of limbs
  • Keep taking small steps forward for up to 20 meters. Repeat 2-3 times

Tips on Bear Crawl – Keep your core tight and keep the forward movements small. Try not to let the hips swivel too much.

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