The 15 Best Body-Weight Exercises

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Gym memberships come with ongoing expense, and you’ll have to pay a hefty price up front for home gym equipment, including weight sets, benches, and more. The good news is, neither is required for sculpting your physique. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with exercises that use your own body weight. Here are fifteen that can burn fat, build muscle, and give you the strength, stamina, and sleek appearance you crave.

1. Planks


A strong core is essential not only for proper posture (your core muscles support your torso and spine), but also for nearly every type of movement. Improving core strength can only help you to stabilize for just about any other exercise.

A plank requires you to essentially hold at the top of a pushup position, although you can also rest on your forearms if holding your arms straight is too difficult at first. In proper position, with a straight line from your head to your toes, this exercise provides one of the best ways to build core strength in a hurry. You may also want to try side planks, whereby you maintain a straight body line while balancing on one arm and one leg, in order to work your obliques.

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