Dumbbells, barbells, and weight racks are in the gym for a good reason, but it’s also possible to achieve a total body workout without the aid of machines or free weights. For those looking to workout without equipment, we put together this awesome guide to build a better you via sweat and perseverance:
Short Circuit Workouts
You can quickly ramp up your gym routine via the use of short circuit workouts. By doing exercises in a circuit with brief rest periods between each set, you can build cardio and muscle growth in your workout without equipment.
Between each circuit, our experts recommend a quick rest period of about two minutes. That may sound intense, but don’t be intimidated! If you find yourself unable to hit the desired number of reps in a particular set, you can rest-pause until you hit the target. In a rest-pause, you can take about 10-20 seconds to catch your breath until you have the energy to keep going and finish out.
Exercises for a Full Body Workout
So, what should you do during your short circuit? There are countless options for your circuit and you can mix things up based on your skill level, experience, and targeted areas. In keeping with the CrossFit tradition, these exercises will give you a total body workout, even if you choose to avoid the typical equipment.
Pushups and jumping jacks probably felt silly back in your Phys. Ed days, but they can be an integral part of your short circuit plan. Beginners – and even CrossFit veterans – often look to kickstart their circuit with 10-15 push-ups followed by jumping jacks until they hit the one minute mark.
These simple no-equipment exercises are a great way to get the blood moving for the rest of the workout. More advanced athletes may choose to dial up the number of push-ups or modify them into incline push-ups, but be sure to leave enough in the tank for the rest of the rigorous workout.
After that, you can incorporate spider lunges, walking lunges, hip thrusts, and crunches into your circuit. The number of reps in each set is up to you and you can fill out each minute with jumping jacks or similar exercises if you choose. Remember, once you’re done, it’s time to start back from square one after a quick two minute break.
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6 Week Challenge Finisher
Xomir lost 12lbs and 3% Bodyfat.
What did she learn:
“I lost my mom and aunt to breast cancer within the last 11 months and I was very sad.
I found that I need to keep myself healthy because breast cancer runs in my family.
I also found the ability to go through life with a positive attitude, happy, and healthy. This definitely changed my life.”
Chris started a 6 Week Challenge last November. His results have been incredible. He has lost 44 lbs without losing any lean muscle and an incredible 21% Bodyfat.
He is now at 8.5% BF and is now on a maintenance program of 80/20. You ROCK Christopher Sawallich!
“I came to Sweat Factory after hearing about the 6 week challenge as a way to get my health back on track. I was in the worst shape of my life, and by far the biggest, growing into a size of clothes that I did not like at all. I could feel a difference in little things , like being winded when walking up a flight of stairs that I did not like at all, nevermind being so tired at the end of the day that I was looking to head to the bedroom by 7pm every night. My wife and I moved to Florida a few years ago to enjoy it, but although I was enjoying the food, I was too tired to enjoy much else other than the couch.
At this point I saw a a facebook post about the 6 week challenge and as a someone who had completed crossfit quite some time ago I was intrigued. I went and spoke with Clint and saw how much he cared about his members and the different mindset of the crossfit of old that used to be all about the score of the Rx workout without care of injury or form. With the Sweat Factory approach of the Fit Class, Level Method and truly scaled WOD’s, I knew Sweat Factory was a good fit for myself I signed up immediately for the six week challenge.
As I progressed through the challenge, I found that the diet was a key component. Through the initial education and documentation it gave good knowledge to get started. By no means was it easy, from someone who has a very mobile job, a diet has always been a challenge. Meal prepping for the week was key. Without that I wouldn’t of had anywhere near the success I had. The first few weeks was a challenge, but it soon became routine and I found better ways to do things while keeping a vey balanced diet with calories under control. I was now eating less calories in a day than I was previously eating just in lunch alone. The first two weeks of Fit class were pretty rough, but continued to push through and held myself to not missing any of the three workouts weekly. Some nights it was tough to get home form work and head back out to the gym, but just would not let it hold me back from going. The toughest part was getting to the box, but once I was there, the fatigue became a non issue. The hardest part is getting there.. I didn’t even let Thanksgiving and Christmas get in the way. I made all three workouts for all six weeks and stayed true to my meal prep all seven days of the week, even with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
After completing the Six week challenge with great results, I felt conditioned enough to move over to the Crossfit side while continuing my health dietary habits. I continued the three day habit of working out, until challenged by another member to remain nameless …..Cheryl…😛 to up my schedule. I’ve since been hitting the box 4 to 5 days a week and couldn’t feel any better. I’m up until late at night now, have much more energy during the entire day, and am enjoying hearing at least three times a day from others about how much weight I’ve lost. I was not easy by any mean, but the challenge was well worth it. Myself and now my wife have developed some real quality eating habits, I fell and look better, and I’ve met some really awesome people from the family that Clint and Maci have built.
We all face times in our lives where our anxiety is a little higher but as with all things that are uncomfortable, growth and strength comes from it. Progression truly begins at the end of our comfort zone. Only by constantly seeking that which puts me out of my comfort zone have I been able to develop correctly. By facing what I fear I have learned what is on the other side of that fear.
The fear of being judged
The overriding number one concern I hear is from people worrying about what others think of them. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it and it’s a very real concern to the individual but that’s where it stays. I often say to people, within a few weeks you’ll realize that absolutely no one judges you, no one is looking at you thinking you look silly, slow or out of shape. They are too busy worrying about their own workout and technique to worry about yours. And if anyone does finish a workout before you, not one of them will put their kit away, because their workout is not done until the last person is done. That is the way it is at Sweat Factory, purely supportive, progressive and constructive and they will come and help you. They will help you because they started once too. They used to find it hard to walk through the door. They needed that early moment of community support and it changed them. Even one of my coaches said to me today that he got so nervous he used to sit outside the box for a good 20 mins. You are not alone in what you think, it is natural to think it but just because it’s natural, doesn’t make it right. CrossFit to me is all about acceptance.
It’s you against you.
I remember very early on in my fitness career competing in Cross Training competitions deciding that the only person I could ever compete against was me. Every time you walk in the door it’s you against you. The only thing you can control is your effort.
You can look at the leader board if you like, feel disappointed or pleased with your performance if you like but is it a true reflection of the effort that you gave when you were training? An effort is the only thing you should judge. Walk away knowing you had nothing left to give.
When coaching at all levels of competition I often find myself shouting to the athlete, ‘Stop looking around, race your race! Looking around won’t help unless its close but you should rely on the words of your coach to help you with that. At any level, look in the mirror, there is your biggest challenge and critique.
‘Hardest thing is walking through the door. Once that’s done, the rest is done for you’
‘Walk your path, not someone else’s.
If you are always concerned with what others think of you to the point that it affects your behavior or stops you going after your goals, you are literally living your life for other people’s expectations of what they think you should be. You are not living your life. The hardest path to choose often leads to the most beautiful things. Lose the concern of others opinions and live your life. We often find that those that care the most for us are the ones that want to hold us back the most, to be safe and not go out of your comfort zone but if you’re like me, the most motivational speeches I have ever heard have been from those that say I couldn’t or shouldn’t do something. It is not where you are right now on your path that matters, but where you go from here.
But everyone in there is so fit!
Not so, in fact, you will find every level of fitness in there! You will find every fitness level in our gym. I say it’s more like Walmart than the Crossfit Games. We love them all because they are here to improve themselves and the athlete’s around them.
Am I going to have to compete?
Absolutely not!! You really have two types of CrossFitter (with a million different reasons for doing it). Those that CrossFit for the love of competitions at weekends, and those that CrossFit for health. Think of it as your recreational swimmers wishing to stay active and those that go off and compete every weekend. The beauty and unique thing about CrossFit is that it doesn’t matter about your reason or drive, we can all train next to each other and do the right workout for us.
We manage to train alongside each other, doing the same workout but by changing some of the variables. There are so many ways to achieve this and some of them could be: Reducing the weight
Reducing the repetitions
Reducing the complexity of the movement
Reducing the time of the workout.
You must also realize that this works both ways too. We may also give you a confidence nudge that you can do a few more repetitions, you can increase the complexity of what you are doing or increase the weight. Your coach will guide you safely on all of this. You don’t need to be able to do a pull-up or a push-up, we will show you your path.
It’s really not a cult!
After a few months of starting CrossFit, you’ll start to realize you won’t shut up about it! Crossfitters love it so much that they shout their passion!! They have found something that they truly love, can see and feel their progress and are around a group of like-minded people that bring you in and bring you up. It’s now becoming more and more mainstream with some of the national Globo gym chains attempting to adopt some of the equipment into their spaces. It’s not a cult, it’s a lifestyle, a lifestyle that prioritizes your health.