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Illustrated bodyweight exercises: Fast, effective fitness

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

You are your own gym

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.

4. Modified Mountain Climbers

4Modified Mountain Climbers

Start position: Get into push-up position.

Movement: Bring your left knee to the outside of your left shoulder while turning your head to look at the knee. Straighten your left leg and return it to the starting position. Repeat on the right side.

Perform: 10 repetitions

Up next: More exercises for a full-body workout >>

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