effective exercises you can do anywhere
. Muscles worked chest, shoulders, triceps, hamstrings, lower back Although regular pushups have their merits, and they are certainly on this list, we start off with one of their more intense variations divebombers. Often done in the military, this exercise requires you to start in a piked position (above far right). You then lower your nose to the ground while maintain your arched position (above middle). Right before your nose hits the floor fla
. While this may not be the best workout to do in your hotel room, thats what hallways are for (at least until someone calls the police). The risk is worth it though, as this dynamic exercise works everything from your shoulders to your quads. And the best part? Its easy to explain just get on all fours and start crawling as fast as you can. But remember, these arent baby crawlstheyre bear crawls, and bears dont crawl with their knees on the groun
. Muscles worked back, biceps, abs Okay, so this is the first of several exercises on this list that you cant really do anywhere. Depending on your level of creativity though you can get pretty close. All you need is a table, a low bar, or something else you can slide under and hold onto. Now, just like in the image above, pull yourself upwards towards the tabletop. Rows are a very effective back exercise and this is probably the closest youll get
. Muscles worked quads, glutes, hamstrings This is probably one of the best leg workouts you are going to get without a gym and luckily its pretty straightforward. All you have to do is take a large step with one foot and bend your knee to a 90 degree angle (as in the image above). Although you can walk forward with each lunge you dont have to. You can stay in the same spot if you want and just keep switching legs. Heck, you could even do these in
1 Leg Wallsit
. Muscles worked quads If you are anywhere near a wall then you have all you need to destroy your quadriceps with this intense exercise. There isnt much to explain, but if you cant do one leg, do two.
. Muscles worked calves, hip abductors, hip adductors While there is probably no need get into the how of jumping jacks, as we assume everyone is at least familiar with the mechanics, unfortunately familiarity breeds contempt and this workout is often overlooked due to its percieved simplicity. It can be an amazing warm up though, and if you are having trouble finding space to run jog, a thousand jumping jacks make for an excellent cardio workout.
. Muscles worked lats, traps, biceps, rhomboids, deltoids Depending on your grip (overhand, underhand, spread) you are essentially working out your entire back. Like table rows, however, this exercise requires something for you to grab.
. Muscles worked calves Not surprisingly this exercise targets one muscle your calves. You dont need much space to do it but if you can find a slight ledge, as in the image above, it will allow you to have a greater range of motion.
. Muscles worked deltoids Although at first glance this exercise may seem trivial, beggars cant be choosers. If you want to work out your shoulders without a gym you need to improvise. Besides, after the thousands shoulder circles we guarantee you that youll feel it. If you dont though, put something in your hands.
. Muscles worked quads, calves, hamstrings This is a dynamic exercise that only requires an elevated surface. Once you figure that part out youre ready to break a serious sweat. Just jump up onto the box park bench bed etc. and then jump down again. Repeat this until your lower body is destroyed.
. Muscles worked lower back Starting in the prone position (above left) pull your head and upper back off the ground. Hold it for a second as you focus on contracting your back muscles and then lower yourself back down. Cycle through this several times and you should feel a pretty good workout, especially in your lower back.
. Muscles worked upper chest As we promised, here is yet another pushup variation. All you have to do is find an elevated surface to rest your feet on and then proceed with pushups as normal. The advantage of these is that they specifically target your upper chest, and depending on the degree of incline, your shoulders as well.
. Muscles worked quads, calves, hamstrings Here is yet another powerful lower body workout. If you failed to find that perfect elevated surface for your box jumps fear not, jump squats to the rescue. With your hands behind your head proceed with a regular squat and once you reach your lowest point explode upwards, jumping of the ground. Repeat.
. Muscles worked chest, triceps, abs We promise were at least half way through the pushup variations. The reason we include so many is because they are extremely effective and work numerous muscles groups. Spiderman pushups involve you emulating the superheros wall climbing movements as you are doing pushups on the ground. Basically, every time you lower yourself, one of your knees will come up and tap your elbow.
. Your core is the most important part of your musculoskeletal system for obvious reasons (its right in the middle of your body) and leg raises are one of several exercises on this list designed to target this muscle group. You may find that they workout out your quads as a secondary muscles group too.
. Muscles worked abs, back, shoulders No, this is not planking. In order to do this exercise you have to actually hold yourself up off the ground. You can also modify the exercise by turning to the side and holding yourself on one elbow. This is one of the best things you can do for your core.
. Muscles worked abs, glutes, hamstrings If one foot is too hard, use two feet, but whatever you do, make sure that you include this exercise in your gymless workout. It is the only one on this list that specifically targets your glutes and hamstrings.
. Here we have yet another group of exercises designed to target your abs. Although normal crunches are super effective by themselves, there are numerous variations that you can try in order to hit your oblique abdominals as well (bicycle crunches above).
. While this is primarily a cardiovascular workout, it works a number of muscles in the process. It can be a bit hard to describe, but in order to start this exercise you need to assume a pushup position (above left). Now your are going to alternate bringing your legs up towards you hands (above right). Keep doing this until you feel the burn.
1 Leg Squats
. Muscles worked quads, glutes, hamstrings If doing a one legged squat seems intimidating, dont worry, its not as crazy as it seems. Start off by using a chair and then gradually wean yourself off of it.
. Muscles worked heart, lower body Finding a good spot to run while you are on the road is not easy. You dont know the area and if youre in a bad part of town then it may just be best to stay in your hotel room. Oh well, so much for cardio. No Quit that defeatist attitude. Its back to the hallwaywere doing sprints.
. Your traps (neck muscles) are one of the hardest parts of your body to target without having some sort of weight in your hands. In fact, unless you can find some parallel bars, hang from them upside down, and do inverted pullups you are going to need to improvise. Probably the easiest thing you can do is stuff your suitcase and use that as a stand in dumbbell.
. This is one of those workouts that will probably leave most people thinking yea, right. Its really not that bad though. If you cant hold a handstand, find a door or a wall to support your legs. Also, put a pillow between your hands just in case you come down and find yourself unable to push back up. If you cant go down at all though, thats fine. Just try to hold a handstand.
. If you dont know what a burpee is then all your childhood coaches must have had very kind hearts. They are probably the bane of every athletes existence, but there is a reason for that they are extremely effective. As in the image above, you start by squatting down. Next, shoot your feet out in to a pushup position and guess what? Thats right, do a pushup. Now bring your feet back under you and explode upwards reaching as high as you can. Thats
. Stand on band with feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Holding a handle in each hand, bring the top of the band over each shoulder. (If it's too long, secure band in place by crossing your arms at your chest.) Sit straight down, chest up, abs firm, pressing knees out over your toes. Rise back up to start position and repeat for 8 to 12 reps.
. Kick it up a notch with this quad builder. Anchor a loop band in a low position on a support (like an incline bench), looping the other end around your ankle with the band positioned behind you. Step away from the anchor to create tension on the band, and position feet hip width apart. Shift your weight to the left foot, and lift the right leg from the floor. Extend the knee until it straightens out in front of you. Slowly return to starting posi
Prone Lying Leg Curl
. Lie belly down and loop a band around your right ankle, anchoring the other end to a door or support. Scoot away from the anchor to create tension. Tighten your core and bend your leg at the knee, bringing your heel toward your glutes as far as you can comfortably go. Slowly return your leg to starting position and repeat for 10 to 15 reps, then switch sides.