An Unexpected Journey

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External Resource: Greatist “50 Bodyweight Exercises”

Resource Name: 50 Bodyweight Exercises
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We’ve all been there. Something comes up, you can’t make it to the gym or you’re away on a business trip and the hotel gym is something of a disaster area. So that’s it right? No way to get a good, rigorous workout in, nope, no way.

Not true.

For the longest time, my workout routines were divided between two types: cardio (running, treadmills, ellipticals etc.) and weights. It wasn’t until recently that I began to get into a different form of exercise: body weight work. Using nothing but your own body (and maybe the occasional chair) you can get a workout in anywhere from your living room to a hotel room.

There’s a lot of potential body weight exercises you can do. One of my favorites (and most hated, yes, that makes sense) is the “Mountain Climber”. According to the web site linked above, this is how you do one:

“Starting on your hands and knees, bring the left foot forward directly under the chest while straightening the right leg. Keeping the hands on the ground and core tight, jump and switch legs. The left leg should now be extended behind the body with the right knee forward.”

The Greatist list of 50 Bodyweight Exercises is awesome. Broken down by the parts of the body that each exercise focuses on, you can assemble a whole workout without a hassle. I also appreciate the descriptions of each exercise that are nice and concise without using complicated terminology. I recommend checking it out if you need some cool exercise ideas!