Our Favorite New Bodyweight Workout

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You don’t need rows of endless machines, stacks of free weights, and a roomful of treadmills to whip yourself into shape. In fact, all you need is what your city has to offer — it takes nothing more than a bar, a bench, a curb, and your own bodyweight to hit every muscle in your body. “There’s a lot you can do without any formal equipment,” says Al Kavadlo, a leading calisthenics expert and the co-author of the book Get Strong. “Push-ups, squats, and bridges can be done using nothing but the floor. Adding a bench allows for elevated push-ups and rear-foot elevated split squats. You don’t need to make things complicated to get a good workout.”

Your Street Workout

In fact, Kavadlo’s book features nothing but the most stripped-down workouts possible, including this challenging routine taken from phase two of the Get Strong program. All you need is a strong overhead support, like scaffolding, a sturdy street sign or jungle-gym bar, a wall, and a bench. Allow 60 to 90 seconds rest between sets, and be sure to perform a five- to 10-minute warm-up before you start the routine.

Alternative Exercise Options

If you can’t perform any of the suggested moves, sub in these alternatives where appropriate.

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