There is no greater feeling than getting a full-body workout. From your head to your toes, you will train, shape and build a ton of muscles with these ten full body workouts, ensuring that you will be getting the most out of your workout.
Combining a little bit of cardio with some isometric strength training, squat jumps will do your body good. Targeting your abs and legs while working out those arms, each jump will tighten those muscles! Start out with your feet hips width apart then bend with your knees into a squat. Make sure your butt is pushed out and your knees do not go past above your ankles. Once in your squat position, burst through your legs by jumping straight up and landing back into the squatted position. Repeat for 20 jumps. Take a breather and then repeat for another 20.
Burpees are one of the most dreaded workouts for just about anyone. And that’s because they hurt so good! This exercise works out just about every muscle you’ve got. Start out with your feet hips width apart. Then, jump straight up to the sky, land, then crouch down quickly by bending your knees and placing your hands on the floor. From there, jump your feet out into a push-up position. Then, jump your feet back into the crouching position and jump back up into the air again to repeat the exercise. Repeat this move for 15 times, then repeat after a short break. For an added workout, do a push-up once in the push-up position.
Mountain climbers will get your heart beating and your abs burning, all the while working your shoulders, arms and legs. Get into a push-up position, then drive your right knee up towards your chest. Quickly switch knees by bringing your left knee up to your chest as your right leg drives back to support your body up, digging your toes into the ground. Keep repeating the motion quickly as if you are doing high knees. Make sure that your back is flat and that you are not hunching or arching to ensure you don’t hurt yourself and that you are getting the most out of each movement.
Planks are a static exercise that only require some strength and stability. But boy do they work! Lay on your stomach with your forearms under your chest, resting on the floor. Then, raise your pelvis off the floor as you put your weight onto your arms, digging your toes into the ground. Your body should create a straight line from your head to your heels. Remember not to hunch or arch to avoid back pain and to make sure you are working those abs! You will certainly feel this in your abs, but you will also be squeezing your whole body, generating all of your muscles.
Taking it back to elementary school P.E. class, jumping jacks are a great full-body workout that require no equipment and just a little bit of fun. Simply jump your feet out wide as you swing your arms out and around to the top, then jump your legs back together as you slap your arms back down to your sides. Repeat the motion, bouncing through your toes and engaging those calves. Keep your abs tight to help stabilize each move. Repeat for 30 jumping jacks to get that heart pumping and those muscles moving! If you feel up for it, up the number.
Whether you like it or not, running is another great full-body workout that will show results in muscle tone and fat loss. While running, your leg muscles are engaging from your calves to your quads and your arms are pumping, giving them the movement you need. You may not realize it at first, but your abs are engaging this whole time as your arms and legs go through their motions.
Dancing, no matter what style, works so many muscles in your body – even some you never knew existed! Throw on some music and let your body do the talking! There’s no right or wrong way to do a little freestyle. So…when in doubt, dance it out!
Working your abs, glutes, shoulders, biceps, triceps and more, push-ups will become your best friend as you get the hang of it. Go onto your hands and knees on the floor, placing your hands a little bit inwards, making a large triangle. Then, take your knees off of the ground, creating a straight line from your head to your heels. Make sure your shoulders are directly over your wrists. Then, bend at the elbows, lowering your body to hover your chest over the floor and push back up to the straight line stating position. Repeat for 10 reps. Take a quick rest and repeat.
Swimming is one of the best exercises out there for you since it is an extremely low-impact exercise. It is especially great for those with bad knees! Freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke – you name it! Your abs are engaged as you extend your arms out to stroke and kick your legs as you paddle, giving you that true full body workout.
Adding in a little weight to your workout can improve your muscle buildup. The kettlebell swing will engage your legs, abs and arms, giving your whole body a run for its money. Start by standing with your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart, holding the kettlebell with both hands in front of you. Now, swing the kettlebell up, engaging your abs and arms to where your arms and kettlebell are perpendicular with your body. Then, swing the kettlebell back down through your legs as you squat. Swing your arms and kettlebell back up to the perpendicular position to repeat. Make sure to keep a flat back the whole time to avoid injury. Repeat the position for 15 reps. Rest and then repeat.
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