Full body workouts are a great addition to exercise routines to increase intensity and decrease time commitment. They are great for increasing metabolism and getting the most out of your workout.
A full body workout includes many major movements in order to activate as many muscle groups as possible. Here are some of the best full body workouts to incorporate into your next workout session.
Ah, the exercise everyone loves to hate. Burpees are one of the greatest exercises out there because they require nothing but your own body. They are also one of the most effective exercises regarding overall muscle activation.
To do a burpee, start in a standing position and squat down into a position with your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick your legs out behind you into a plank position, and lower your body into a pushup. When you’re back in a plank position, return your legs up into a squat, stand up and jump as you swing your hands overhead. And that’s one rep done.
If you’re a beginner you can omit the push up, and if you’re advanced you can consider adding a weighted vest for extra resistance.
Push-ups are another exercise that will never go out of style. Doing a push up involves lifting about 60% of your body weight using everything from your arms, back, chest, core, butt and even leg muscles.
Starting in a plank position, make sure your shoulders are positioned directly over your hands. Lower yourself down so your elbows are at a 90-degree angle and push back up into starting position.
Modifications include incline push-ups and push-ups from your knees. Start where you can and work yourself up to a traditional push-up.
Kettlebell squats (or swings) are a great way to increase fat loss and create muscular endurance. Everybody has fun with these and they are another top-rated full body exercise.
Stand in a squat position with your knees aligned under your hips, holding a kettlebell between your legs. Start a light swinging motion with the kettlebell and when you swing it behind your legs, squat down. As you swing forward, propel your hips forward and raise the kettlebell up and over your head. Make sure to keep your eyes on the weight at all times, and continue this motion for 15-20 repetitions.
Box jumps are a great way to increase endurance for anyone looking to build lower body strength. The premise is pretty simple, but as you continue doing them you can gradually increase the height and thus increase your impeccable jumping abilities.
Stand in front of something sturdy (a box, some steps, etc.) and just jump up onto the box. Land on the box with both of your feet at the same time and then straighten your legs. Jump back down and repeat. Easy as that!
There are tons of great full body workouts out there so try a few and find out what works best for you. If you’re looking for more guidance, try hiring a personal trainer like us to construct a powerful and effective full body workout for you.