Some guys can’t imagine an effective chest workout without a bench and a set of dumbbells. After all, such gym staples can build a 50-inch, suit-busting slab of granite that anchors an impressive physique. But it’s possible to blast your chest with just your body weight—even if that weight currently hangs on a scrawny, 36-inch chest.
Having a series of go-to workouts that can be done with little or no equipment is key if you travel a lot or are constantly in a time crunch. That way, you can train in a hotel room, park, or beach.
This eight-exercise, two-set circuit will challenge your chest with only your body as resistance. We’ll alternate pushing and pulling movements so you keep moving without rest, providing an aerobic component to your training as well.
Pete Williams is a NASM certified personal trainer and the author or co-author of a number of books on performance and training.