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Check out these 5 bodyweight exercises for men we should all be doing on a regular basis.
There are a few bodyweight exercises which should be part of every man’s life when it comes to staying fit, healthy and strong.
This article isn’t about showing you specific workouts, it’s purely about our 5 favorite bodyweight exercises for men that we love doing as often as possible.
We believe all men should try and get the techniques of these basic exercises right, and then work on improving your strength and stamina by doing these exercises more and more.
5 Bodyweight Exercises For Men
Bodyweight training is what we are mostly about here at Bald Brothers.
We have both been bodyweight addicts for years now, and I can’t actually remember when last either of us paid for a gym membership.
And for those of you who think using only your bodyweight for fitness cannot get any results, think again!
There are many men out there that are really well built, all thanks to bodyweight workouts and exercises.
You just got to know what to do, and how to do it.
Some of the best benefits coming from bodyweight training include:
- They are free!
- Can be done from anywhere, be it whilst travelling, your bedroom, your local park, etc
- The strength you gain is natural, and usually stays with you a lot longer
- No time wasted driving to and from a gym
- You have no more excuses, so you gotta get them done!
Right, let’s get to the 5 bodyweight exercises which we love to hate, but we keep doing them as they work!
Exercise #1: Push Ups
Traditional push ups are a good upper body workout, and target triceps, chest and shoulders.
They also work your lower back and core.
I have put push ups at number one because they really are the one exercise that every man should be doing as much as possible.
You can literally do them anywhere, and they are a great way to build upper body strength.
I personally try and hit a certain number of push ups every single day, no matter what other workouts I have done.
Just always make sure your form is correct.
Quality is better than quantity!
How to do the perfect push up:
Exercise #2: Burpees
I absolutely hate burpees.
I really do.
But they are the one exercise that seems to work better than any other.
No matter how many I do, or how fit I feel, I just cannot ever seem to get ahead of them.
But if you are ever confused as to what exercise to do that’ll give you the ultimate all round workout in the space of minutes, then you should just resort to burpees.
A simple 10 minutes of doing burpees will make you feel like you have run a marathon.
Burpees work almost your entire body.
They are great for conditioning your body and enhancing your endurance levels.
So if you want to add an exercise to your daily routine that’ll get you in shape pretty quickly, then make sure to do a few burpees.
How to do the perfect burpee:
Exercise #3: Squats
Bodyweight squats are another really useful and versatile exercise we all need to be doing correctly.
This is another effective exercise that can be performed virtually anywhere and requires no equipment whatsoever.
Squats work almost every single lower body muscle, and have many benefits.
Some of the benefits of doing bodyweight squats include:
- Building muscle
- Increases strength
- Improves hip mobility
- Can burn fat
The most important thing about bodyweight squats is your form.
You NEED to make sure you do them correctly!
How to do the perfect bodyweight squat:
Exercise #4: Pull Ups
In this day and age, almost every single city has outdoor gyms in various public parks. And these gyms always have a bar to use for pull ups and chin ups.
And even if your park doesn’t have one, you can really get creative.
I have used jungle gym bars at children’s play areas in the early hours to get a few pull up workouts done.
So there’s no excuse.
If you have built your own pull up bar in your home, then even better!
Some of the main benefits of doing pull ups include:
- Grip strength
- Weight loss
- Increase your core and back strength
- Works lats, shoulders, arms, forearms and core at once
- Makes you feel and look good!
The hardest thing about pull ups is getting good at them.
It’s perfectly normal to be able to only do 3 or 4 at first, or even less.
But with practice you can really increase your reps, and you’ll start to feel your strength get better and better.
How to do the pull ups:
Exercise #5: Planks
Last, but definitely not least, are body planks.
It’s a good idea to not always do standard crunches and sit ups when you want to strengthen your core.
A good alternative is to start doing planks.
They are not only good for your core muscles, but also strengthen your back, neck, shoulders and chest.
If you have never done planks before, then try one and see how long you can do it for. Use that as a base and try improving with each week.
I love combining planks with a few of the other exercises mentioned above.
How to do planks:
A Quick & Simple Workout Combining The Above Exercises
Try out this quick and simple workout using 4 of the exercises mentioned above.
It only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect if you don’t have much time.
- 25 Push ups
- 10 Body squats
- 10 Burpees
- 45 Seconds plank
Take a one minute rest and repeat two more times.
If you feel you can only manage two sets, then that’s fine!