This workout is all about accessibility — and effectiveness, of course. A well-balanced upper body workout without equipment is a bit difficult to develop, but here we have targeted all of the muscle groups using only bodyweight exercises. We'll be hitting the arms (biceps and triceps), chest, upper and lower back, and shoulders. The core (abs, obliques, lower back) will also be working all throughout this workout — my abs were actually sore the next day after filming this!
If you don't have any equipment, or a gym membership, this workout has you covered. If you don't have a ton of extra time in your day to workout, we've got you covered there as well. If you need low impact or apartment-friendly workouts, we've also shown low impact modifications wherever necessary. Basically what I'm saying is, let's jump right in.
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After a quick cardio warm up, we move onto lengthy, burnout style intervals of bodyweight exercises targeting the upper body. A lot of these exercises are tricky; they force you to stay aware, present & working hard. Many of these exercises are antagonistic; you will be working against your own strength. That means that this workout can technically be difficulty for literally any fitness level. If it feels easy, you are doing it wrong & I recommend refocusing on contracting muscles and really pushing yourself. It may be uncomfortable and it should be challenging, so try not to get frustrated as that challenge is exactly what we're here for. As mentioned before, the intervals are long, so don't feel bad if you have to stop and take a rest - just get right back into the exercise as soon as you can. Cool down stretches are included.
4 Minute Cardio Warm Up - 25 seconds each
Arm Circles Forward (big)
Arm Circles Back
Windmill Arms + Toe Touch
Chest Stretch + Reach
Curl Overhead Press + Step Back
Bow & Arrow Twists
Chest Opener Lat Steps
Warrior Lunge Stretch
Upper body workout with no equipment
Push Up + Pulses
Deadlift + Close Row & Tricep Extension
Bicep Curl Pulses
Walkdown + Opposite Toe Tap
Reach + Pulldown
Jumping Jack Step Back (or lunge)
Tall Plank + 3 Point Reach
Bicep Curl + High Knee
Bird Dog + Tricep Push Up
Arm Circles (forward and back)
Back Bow Pulls
Reverse Fly + Pulses
Side Push Up (on wall or floor)
Overhead Tricep Extension
Single Pulldowns + Step Back
Bentover Wide Row to Fly
Knee Pull Punch & Switch
Cool Down & Stretch
What did you think of this no equipment upper body workout? Which exercise was hardest for you? I really struggle with the press extensions and reverse fly — push ups are always a weak spot of mine, too. This kind of workout is really a different challenge though, isn't it? It's largely mental because for a lot of these exercises, you are both the one working through the challenge, and the one providing the challenge. I love strength training but it's good to change things up and keep your muscles guessing, plus this is the perfect hotel room workout.
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