If you can’t find the time for a workout at the gym, this do-it-anywhere, equipment-free approach is for you. Take the gym out of the equation by using your own bodyweight as resistance and whip through sets of these seven easy exercises whenever the opportunity arises: At the bus stop, in the elevator, standing in line at your favourite brunch spot…whenever you have a few minutes you find you’re spending on your smartphone.
If people stare, who cares? They’ll be staring at your buff beach bod soon enough!
With shorts season upon us, this exercise will get your calves looking chiselled. Find a railing or bus shelter or some-such to use for balance, and follow along with the YouTube video below.
This is the kind of sweaty, full-body exercise you can do after mowing the lawn or playing Mr. Fix It. The four moves are demonstrated below.
Get fit and lunge your way to the bus stop. Lunge around the house. Lunge to the photocopier at work. It’ll work your thighs, buttocks and hamstrings, so everyone in the office may start doing them once they ogle the results. Check out the demonstration below.
Waiting for a file to download? Hanging out on the front porch? There’s no reason you can’t lower yourself out of your seat and pump up your triceps in the process. Here’s how.
This is a timeless classic because it works so well for building a big chest, deltoids and triceps. Make the most of a move that’s like a bench press with no bench or barbells by checking out the video below.
There’s nothing stopping you from installing a chin-up bar in your office or garden shed doorway – if nothing else it’ll make you look kind of badass – but this classic back and biceps builder can be done on playground equipment, tree limbs, goal posts…anywhere there’s a stable (and safe!) horizontal support. The proper technique is shown below.
It looks easy – there’s no movement or extra weight, after all – but holding a plank for a minute requires great shoulder stability and endurance in the abs, lower back, shoulders, neck and legs. Here’s how to do it right.
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Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.