The Best Body-Weight Workout

The Best Body-Weight Workout [Option-B]


A lack of training equipment (read more about training equipment) doesn’t necessarily doom you to a workout consisting only of pullups and pushups. With a little creativity, you can still train like an animal (you’ll get the reference below ) while targeting your entire body —not just the upper. This workout is outside the box —so much so, in fact, that you’ll have to go outdoors to do it.

This routine requires a park or play ground area w ith monkey bars and plenty of open space. You’ll use classic, though under-prescribed, body-weight exercises like the bear craw land crab walk, which you probably haven’t tried since your days in summer camp. As you’ll come to remember, they ’re not easy —especially for a grown man well north of 100 pounds. They require a lot of work from your heart, lungs, and core. Later, the parallel bar hand walk will blow up your grip and forearms; the sprints will fry your legs.

Perform the exercise pairs (marked “A ” and “B”) as supersets, so you’ll complete one set of A and then one set of B before resting. Repeat until all sets are complete. Note that the parallel bar hand walk is done as straight sets —do a set, rest, and repeat.

This workout combines well with Body-Weight option A (read here), so if you want to integrate them both into a training week, perform A first, rest a day, and then perform B. (You can also add in option C, coming up next.)