Why You Shouldn’t Exercise One Area of the Body
Isolation exercises are really only good if your aspirations are to body build. Since that’s not 99% of the population I’m going to take a wild stab and say you’re looking for toning, burning calories, increase strength, etc. If this is you then whole body exercises are where it’s at!
Top 10 Whole Body Exercises
(Videos courtesy of AndrewHeming.com)
- Burpees – An awesome overall body strengthener and will condition you like no other exercise can.
- Squats – Not only will squats give you a strong, powerful lower body, they’ll also work your core, strengthen your back and work shoulders as well.
- Step Ups – Step ups are a fantastic exercise you can do with very little space that will strengthen your legs and core muscles, build endurance, and get your heart rate up all in one move.
- Pull Ups – Pull-ups are one of the best upper body exercises of all time, and not only work your arms, shoulders and back, but will also strengthen your core as well. If you can’t do one quite yet, don’t give up all hope—with practice, anyone can do a pull up (yes, that includes women!).
- Push Ups – Forget the fancy machines, do push ups instead. Push ups work your arms, back, chest, core, butt and even leg muscles. And the best thing about push ups? You can do them anywhere.
- Dips – Great for working your chest, triceps, shoulders and abs all at once. Start making dips your go-to exercise.
- Jump Lunges – Jump lunges will not only make your legs burn like crazy, they’ll get your heart rate up quickly as well and challenge your balancing skills—making them a fantastic full body conditioning exercise.
- Kettle-bell Swings – Not only are kettle-bell swings great for fat loss, they’ll build increased power, cause greater muscular endurance, increase your anaerobic and aerobic capacity, and more.
- Handstands – Handstands are one of the most underrated exercises for one main reason: most people think they just can’t do them. But even if you start out doing handstands against a wall, they’ll help you build a strong upper body and core, increase your balancing abilities, aid in bone health, and more.
- Box Jumps – Great for building lower body strength, conditioning, and preparing you for any sports where jumping is involved, box jumps also burn major calories and will get your heart rate up in a hurry.
Which exercise will you start with? Which ones are you doing? Let me know in a comment below or on Facebook.