Now doing body weight exercises doesn’t mean you never use exercise equipment. You won’t be using weights or anything, but an exercise ball or a chin up bar are important pieces of exercise equipment and allow you to thoroughly give your body a workout. You can usually find something, anything, to do your pull ups on. Even a solid tree branch.
I use my wife’s old walker to do my dips. Innovation. Or cheapness maybe? Let’s say a combination.
The exercise I am showing here requires no equipment at all, however, and you can definitely get started in your program without equipment. But when you do this same exercise on the exercise ball you greatly increase the effect. If you have a ball try this both with and without and you will immediately know what I am talking about.
One of the best bodyweight exercises you can do is a chin up. I have the perfect pullup bar but when it’s nice outside. I like to use a tree branch as it is thicker and harder to use and helps build up the grip.
Pushups are always included and are a mainstay in the military. I was in the army and in just 8 weeks I gained 28 pounds. It was solid pounds. Other than the obstacle course and some other exercise, pushups were one of the basic exercises.
The funny thing is those of us who were skinny gained weight and those who were heavy lost it. All following the same routine and eating the same amount of food.
OK. Pull ups are the first exercise we are going to add to our body weight workout. This page on pull ups will get you started even if you are unable to do a single one right now.
Here is a program that will absolutely help you increase your pull ups and push ups. Check it out.