Bodyweight workouts

A friend in work has asked me to design him a bodyweight workout, so I thought I may as well make it into a blog post:

Session 1

Tabata Interval
Sprints (if outside) or Squats if inside
Use a tabata interval timer, or this video:

Tabata intervals involve 20 seconds of maximum effort, followed by 10 seconds rest.
This is repeated 8 times until the timer finishes at 4 minutes.

Multidirectional Lunges* Complete 2 sets of 10 reps (5 reps on each leg)
Great for sports like MMA, tennis, football within which you have to explode forwards or sideways from different stances.


Spiderman Press ups 2 sets of 10 reps
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Press ups
2 sets of maximum reps within 1 minute.  Rest 1 minute between sets.

Maximum Duration Hold


Session 2

Tabata Interval
Sprints or Burpees

Lunge with a wood rotation / twist 2 sets of 20 reps (10 each side)

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Plank Walkouts – continuous for 1 minute (working up to 2 minutes)

180 Degree Jumps  2 sets of 20 reps*


Chin ups – 2 sets of max reps
(Back exercises generally require equipment. They are important to do in order to prevent imbalances)


*Any explosive exercises are more likely to cause injury, and should be done with caution and limited volume to begin with. They can also cause muscles to tighten up, so foam roll afterwards if possible.

Carry out steady state cardio or fartlek style training on seperate days.

About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. A Stoic Hippy with no hair. Not to boast but - 1st Class Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough, MSc in Nutrition from the University of Liverpool. 20 years experience of weight & fitness training.
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