25 Effective Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Posted by , Updated on April 11, 2014

Finding a good gym is not easy. And even if you do find one its not like you can just take it with you when you travel. This shouldn’t mean you can’t break a sweat though. So no matter what your situation – whether your hotel doesn’t have a weight room, or you are in a journalist in hostile territory – we’re going to show you 25 effective exercises you can do anywhere. We’ve tried to include a couple for each part of the body but understand that this list is by no means exhaustive. If you want more tips, check out Steadystrength.com

Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks

Muscles worked: calves, hip abductors, hip adductors

While there is probably no need get into the “how” of jumping jacks, as we assume everyone is at least familiar with the mechanics, unfortunately familiarity breeds contempt and this workout is often overlooked due to its percieved simplicity. It can be an amazing warm up though, and if you are having trouble finding space to run/jog, a thousand jumping jacks make for an excellent cardio workout.


Pull Ups


Muscles worked: lats, traps, biceps, rhomboids, deltoids

Depending on your grip (overhand, underhand, spread) you are essentially working out your entire back. Like table rows, however, this exercise requires something for you to grab.


Calf Raises

Calf Raises

Muscles worked: calves

Not surprisingly this exercise targets one muscle – your calves. You don’t need much space to do it but if you can find a slight ledge, as in the image above, it will allow you to have a greater range of motion.


Shoulder Circles

Shoulder Circles

Muscles worked: deltoids

Although at first glance this exercise may seem trivial, beggars can’t be choosers. If you want to work out your shoulders without a gym you need to improvise. Besides, after the thousands shoulder circles we guarantee you that you’ll feel it. If you don’t though, put something in your hands.


Box Jumps

Box Jumps

Muscles worked: quads, calves, hamstrings

This is a dynamic exercise that only requires an elevated surface. Once you figure that part out you’re ready to break a serious sweat. Just jump up onto the box/park bench/bed/etc. and then jump down again. Repeat this until your lower body is destroyed.

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