We’ve preached about the benefits of body weight training before — and we’re about to do it again. Body weight exercises are not only simple and convenient, but they’re also a great way to improve strength, balance and flexibility in one shot. Not to mention, you won’t even need to leave the house to get in a solid workout. “One of the best parts about body weight training is that you don’t need specialized equipment,” says Matt Basso, a personal trainer and president of the New York-based Iron Lotus Personal Training. “It’s a great way to exercise when you’re traveling, or even if you’re too busy to hit up the gym.”
Here are some of Basso’s favorite body weight exercises, no gym required. For beginners, he suggests cycling through the exercises (10 reps each) as a circuit, repeating the whole circuit three times. If you’re more experienced, crush the exercises to failure.