Be Well Workout of the Week: The Back-to-Basics Bodyweight Workout 

All it takes is five moves and 30 minutes.



For this workout, we’re getting back to the basics with five bodyweight exercises that we’re guessing you’ve probably done before. So find a local track, a big field, or an open space somewhere and get ready to sweat, equipment-free.

Your workout looks like this: You’re going to do the five-exercise circuit — squat jumps, push-ups, sit-ups, ski jumpers and burpees — and then run a fast-paced lap around the track (or pick a distance in whatever space you have). Once you’ve done your lap, you’ll repeat the circuit and do another sprint You’re going to do the circuit, followed by the sprint, as many times as you can in 30 minutes. Now, ready, set, go!

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Back-to-Basics Bodyweight Workout

The exercises
15 squat jumps
12 push-ups
9 sit-ups
6 ski jumpers on each side
3 burpees

Explanation of the exercises

Squat jumps: Stand with feet hip-width apart and perform a squat, dropping your rear until your knees are just behind your toes and your hamstrings are parallel to the floor. As you stand, propel yourself upwards and jump. Return to standing and squat again.

Push-up: Start lying face down with your chest on the floor, with hands facing forward and palms down in line with your shoulders; elbows should be pointing back. Push up until arms are extended (the inside of the elbow should be facing forward) and drop back down.

Sit-up: Lie on your back with feet on the floor and knees bent. Put your hands behind your ears. Without pulling on your neck and using only your abs, lift your shoulders off the mat and come to a full sit-up position. Lie back down slowly.

Ski jumpers: Start in a skier’s stance (like a squat, but bent forward at the waist slightly). Using your arms for momentum, jump up and to the left, landing on both feet. Jump to the right. Repeat.

Burpee: Just like an up-down in football. Put your hands on the ground, jump your feet out behind you so you’re in push-up position, lower to the ground, bring your feet back in, and stand up.


Audrey McKenna Hasse is the owner of A.M.Fit, a personal training and healthy consultation business on the Main Line. You’ll find her workouts every week right here on Be Well Philly.

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