I thought I would put together a quick list of the top 5 exercises you should be including in your workout program. Obviously there are many exercises that should be included but if you are skipping these 5 then you are missing out. Here they are:
- Squats: Squats are the king of all exercises. When you squat you activate almost every lower body muscle. This results in a huge increase in metabolism. Squats are great for burning fat and/or building muscle. Be sure to include them at least once a week. Feel free to experiment with different squat variations like back squats, front squats, air squats, and overhead squats (advanced).
- Pushups: Pushups, along with pull-ups, are the best of the best when it comes to upper body exercises. Pushups activate almost every upper body muscle group (chest, arms, shoulders, core). You can make pushups as easy or difficult as you would like. If you are new to exercise consider performing pushups on your knees. If you are more experienced do them on your toes. If you consider yourself more advanced you can perform such variations as decline pushups and plyo-pushups.
- Pull-ups: When it comes to back exercises pull-ups are at the top of the list. While pushups will work your chest and shoulders, pull-ups will work your entire back as well as biceps. If you are new to pull-ups you can use a band for assistance or begin with ring rows.
- Burpees: Burpees are difficult, yes, but the benefits far outweigh the challenge. Burpees improve strength, cardio, conditioning, and coordination. It’s hard to find one exercise that can accomplish all of that but burpees pull it off.
- Sprint intervals: Adding sprint intervals to your regimen is one of the best things you can do for your overall cardio and conditioning. Intervals drastically improve your cardiovascular conditioning while helping you maintain and even build lean muscle tissue. Sprint intervals don’t have to be done with just running either. They can be done on a bike, rower, stair-stepper, in a pool, and so on.