There is no reason why you have to be in the gym to get a great workout. In fact, there are many people in superb shape who have never lifted a weight in their life! Here is a great workout that does not require any equipment (of course, having access to a pull up bar or similar would be great!). Hopefully it motivates you to get in a quick workout, especially when it's tough to get to the gym.
While this is a "weight bearing" program, it is good to get in a light warmup. This could a slow 1 mile jog or some cardio on your favorite treadmill or rowing machine. If you are in good shape, go ahead and do your regular cardio workout first. It is always smart to be loosened up before any workout. And as always, consult your doctor before engaging in any new workout!
Let's begin. One assumption I have made is that your know how to perform these exercises. If you are unsure, you can do a web search on any of them for instructions or even videos. First, let's look at the exercises we will be using:
For these weight-free workouts, I think doing circuits is better because you can be more creative. You can mix in some cardio between circuits - maybe do 100 jumping jacks or skip rope for 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, you can try going through the entire circuits without any rest between sets.
As you can see, this type of workout is beneficial for lots of different people and situations. I tend to do this workout either when I'm on the road or need a break from the normal weight lifting routines. It is also great for beginners who want to build some strength and stamina before hitting the gym.
We hope this article was useful - now go get fit!