Perhaps you're a novice to the fitness world. Or like many Americans, going to the gym is a turn off because of “gym culture.”
If you want to avoid being in a dark building for hours on end trying to work out while meatheads drop weights and grunt, then we've got the best beginner exercises for you.
Exercises for beginners will let you build strength while you slowly learn how to cultivate the body shape you're aiming for. You can connect your mind and your body with these workouts without the extra added stress a gym (and the annoying guy running three times as fast as you on the treadmill next to you) have to offer.
All you need is a little bit of space and some self-discipline and you'll be on your way to a fit and fab body in no time. Here are 6 exercises you should consider that don't require any equipment.
1. The Air Squat
In 2018, “booty gains” is a real thing. Everyone is trying to get a bigger, firmer, more sculpted behind. This is an easy beginner exercise for even the most green of novices.
Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders and bend your knees. You want to lower your hips deeply and make sure your thighs become parallel to the floor. Keep the weight back in your heels.
Simply rise back up, and repeat. Squeeze your glutes through each movement, and do them in repetition until exhaustion.
2. The Russian Twist
Stand with our knees soft, and keep your palms up around your chest. As you keep your waist facing forward and in the same place, turn your rib cage to each side (right and left) making one rep.
Keep your belly pulled in and your spine tall. Consider holding a weight in your arms to increase the difficulty of the exercise. A turn to each side once makes for one total rep.
A great full-body toner is a burpee. It also will get you the cardio workout you're needing. Start by jumping as high as you can off the ground, lifting your knees up. As you come down, immediately throw yourself down to a push-up position.
Go down to push-up position, but don't push up. Simply push yourself back up onto your feet. Repeat this as many times as you can and alternate other beginner exercises in between your burpee sets
Act like you're on a football field and simply run in place, jolting your knees up towards your chest. Try to get your knees so each leg is at a 90-degree angle with each high-knee.
One of the easiest beginner exercises, this is sure to burn fat and tone your booty. Do high-knees for one-minute intervals.
5. Ab Crunch
Yes, the classic ab crunch. Lie on your back with your feet positioned squarely on the ground (knees comfortably pointed upwards). Put your hands behind your head and use your core to bring yourself up to your knees.
Do this as many times as you can until exhaustion, and then repeat three to four times. Pair this with a good diet and you'll see those abs pop in no time.
6. Jumping Jack, the King of Beginner Exercises
You learned it in elementary, and you get to use it again now. The good old jumping jack is the original of beginner exercises and can get your heart pumping and calories burning.
Do these until you tire, and alternate them with other great workouts.
Go Big, Go Easy
You don't need some insane gym membership to get into shape. You just need some know how, a little space, and a few great exercises. Remember, what you do in the kitchen matters too.
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