Muscle BUILDING Home Workout! (No Equipment Needed!)
How to get ripped without weights
First a confession: as a writer for this magazine I’ve been setting a poor example of late.
Work pressures and social life have come between me and the gym, despite its guilt-inducing automated text messages.
Change was required. I needed a short, sharp shock of a programme – one I could execute anywhere.
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The splendidly named bodyweight trainer Diego Core came to the rescue. He gave me six exercises designed to cut fat and tone muscle. Happily for my downstairs neighbours, old chestnuts such as the burpee were not on the list.
But their deceptively simple replacements left me red-faced. All had to be executed to tabata principles: 20sec on, 10sec rest, repeating each move four times – with an insistence on correct form. A torso rotation executed with yogic ease by Diego reduced me to a pathetic heap of knotted limbs. A lazy-looking box press-up was a geometrical conundrum of correct elbow angles.
But I soon got used to the movements, packing in sessions after a late finish at work or in quick lunch trips to the gym, where, for once, I didn’t have to compete for machines. After a month, I’ve lost 2kg of winter ‘insulation’. Given that I’ve not made any other lifestyle changes, I’m happy.
Apart from aches after the first couple of workouts, I’m free of soreness (another advantage of dropping the metal plates). I’m training for purpose, not power. Whatever your goals, I’d recommend at least an interlude with bodyweight training – whether you’re short of precious time like me or not.
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