The Only 12 Exercises You Need To Get In Shape
Learn these moves and you’ll never need to pay for a gym membership again.
Bodyweight exercises are moves that use only your body's weight as resistance, such as pushups and lunges — no equipment needed. They're a staple in many high-intensity circuit training (HICT) workouts. HICT workouts are intense and quick — like crazy quick. Like, you do them in less than 30 minutes quick. That means you can get in great shape without going to the gym, spending hours working out, or using any workout equipment at all. (Seriously; it's science.) You've just gotta know the right moves.
BuzzFeed Life reached out to personal trainer and exercise physiologist Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., founder of SoHo Strength Lab, and asked him to come up with a list of 12 exercise moves that are essential for anyone who wants to be able to do a workout anywhere and anytime. He also came up with nine different workouts that are various combinations of these moves. But you can think of these 12 moves as the building blocks for tons of variations of quick, do-anywhere HICT workouts.
Some of these moves have instructions for how to make them easier and others don't. For the moves that don't have "make it easier" instructions, just perform the movements as well as you can. Know that it's better to do just a few reps of each movement perfectly, rather than doing many reps of the movements wrong. Cool!
After you’ve mastered the below moves, learn how to combine them into full 20- or 30-minute workouts here.
3) Glute Bridge
4) Spider Lunge
5) Plank Tap
7) Side Lunge
8) Jump Squat
9) Jumping Lunge
10) Single Leg Dead lift
11) Reverse Lunge