6 Best Strength Training Without Weights For Beginners

You do not have to have a gym membership or have access to weights in order to get strong. One of the greatest resistance training tools that you have access to every single day is your own body.


The biggest advantage of body weight training is that it can be performed literally anywhere with minimal or no equipment. 

Best Strenght Training For Beginners

In the comfort of your own living room, in the backyard, in the park, in the office or wherever it may be, body weight training is easily and readily accessible whilst proving to be a very efficient training method for health and fitness improvements.

If you are new to resistance training, body weight training is a great place to start.

All 6 exercises will target multiple muscle groups throughout the body. Make sure you pay close attention to the photo demonstrations and apply the coaching points to your movement for each exercise.

Don’t be concerned if you find the exercises too challenging or too simple, you can use the regression / progression section to simplify or advance the exercise.



The Plank
 Variations: Front, Side

Planking


Coaching Points

  • Elbows underneath the shoulders.
  • Legs extended out behind the body.
  • Keep the body in a straight line (don’t let the hips drop or rise up).

Alternative Difficulty


Progression
Plank With Pass.


Regression 
High Plank.

High Plank

For the high plank (pictured), you want to set up in a push-up position and hold - keeping the body as straight as possible. For the plank with pass, all you will do is take one forearm / arm off the floor and pass an object from one side of the body to the other, alternating sides each time.

Body Squat

Squat


Coaching Points

  • Feet slightly wider than hips and feet pointed slightly out.
  • Keeping the chest up, hinge the hips back and down, pushing the knees out as you lower.
  • Looking to get the knees to roughly 90° or less.
  • Drive back up through the heels.

Alternative Difficulty


Progression 
Jump Squat.


Regression 

Seated Squat.

Jump Squat
Seated Squat

The seated squat starts in a seated position and works up to standing before gradually lowering yourself back to the seated position. For the jump squat, when you reach the bottom of the squat, drive hard off the floor, spring up as high as you can, land safely and immediately go into the next squat.

Body Weight Lunges
Variations Forward / Backward, Lateral

Side Lunge
Body Weight Lunge


Coaching Points

  • Large step forward / backward or to the side- For the forward/backward lunge, hinge both knees dropping the back knee towards the floor.
  • For the lateral, take a big step to the side, bend the outside knee whilst keeping the other leg straight.
  • Driving back up to the starting position and then alternate sides.
  • Keep the chest up throughout.

Alternative Difficulty


Progression
Jump Lunge.


Regression
Support Lunge.

Jumping Lunge

Use an object, like a bench, with which you can steady yourself with and drive off for the supported lunge. Similar to the jump squat, for jump lunge (pictured), ensure you drop into the lunge and then drive hard from the floor, springing up high and switch legs if possible before landing.

Push Ups
Muscles Targeted: Lats, Biceps

Push ups


Coaching Points

  • Hands underneath the shoulders and legs extended out.
  • Drop the chest towards the floor keeping the elbows tight to the rib cage.
  • Driving back up to the starting position whilst imagining driving your hands through the floor.

Alternative Difficulty

Progression
Plyo Push Ups.


Regression
Half Push Ups.

Plyo Push-Ups
Assistant Push Ups

For the Half Push-ups, set up on the knees and perform the push-up. Imagine breaking the floor with your hands in plyo push-up to drive your upper body completely off the floor - add in a clap if for an added challenge.

Pull Ups
Variation: Overhand Wide, Narrow Underhand (Chin-up)

Pull up
Chin Ups


Coaching Points

  • Select your grip on the bar and then hang from the bar.
  • Keeping the body straight, pull the body upward until the chest is in line with bar.
  • Lower back to the hang position in a controlled motion.

Alternative Difficulty

Progression
Typewriter Pull Ups.


Regression
Resistance Band Pull Ups.

Typewriter Pull Up
Assistance Bands Pull Ups

Use a resistance band to assist you on the way back up for the regression option. For the Typewriter Pull-ups, hold yourself up at the bars and move the body from right to left before lowering again.

Glute Bridge
Variation: Double / Single Leg

Glute Bridge
Glute Bridge Single Leg


Coaching Points

  • Lie back with the knees up and feet / foot flat on the floor.
  • Drive through the heels and contract the glutes.
  • Lower back down to the starting position.

Alternative Difficulty

Progression
Feet Elevated Bridge.


Regression
Trunk Elevated Bridge.

Glute Bridge Feet
Glue Bridge Trunk

Elevate the trunk on a box or a ball to simplify the bridge. To increase the range of motion and make it more challenging, elevate the feet on a bench or ball.

Because body weight training is so accessible and remarkably straightforward, it may be a method of training you want to adopt. These 6 exercises, I would consider foundation to body weight training and indispensable towards building a strong and functional body.

Need Advice?

Feel free to comment below if you need any advice or clarity with the workout routine. I'll be happy to provide any assistance. 

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