You Are Your
Mark Lauren, author of You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercise for Men and Women (Ballantine, 2011), doesn’t train movie stars. The certified Military Physical Training Specialist and Special Operations combat controller trains those who defend our country, whose lives depend on being fit. Now, for the first time, Lauren makes U.S. Special Ops fitness exercises available to fit anyone’s schedule, wallet and fitness level. Here’s what Lauren says about the benefits of bodyweight exercises, along with a five-exercise workout to kick your butt into shape – without fitness equipment, using only your own bodyweight.
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Start position: Sit on the ground with your knees bent in front of you and your feet flat on the ground. Place your palms flat on the ground underneath your shoulders, with your fingers pointing towards your feet.
Movement: Raise your pelvis until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle above your feet. Squeeze your glutes at the top, forming a bridge.
Perform: 10 repetitions
To make this exercise harder, keep one leg off the ground throughout the movement, as in the photo.
Up next: More exercises for a full-body workout >>
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