25 Effective Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Finding a good gym is not easy. Even if you do find one, you can’t take it with you when you travel. This doesn’t get you off the hook for breaking a sweat though. No matter what your situation – whether your hotel doesn’t have a weight room or you’re a journalist in hostile territory – we’re going to show you how to get in shape without the gear. We’ve tried to include a couple for each part of the body, but understand that this list is by no means exhaustive. Here are 25 Effective Exercises You Can Do Anywhere.

Jumping Jacks

jumping jacks

Muscles worked: calves, hip abductors, hip adductors

While there is no need get into the “how” of jumping jacks, as we assume everyone is familiar with the mechanics, familiarity breeds contempt and this workout is often overlooked for its perceived simplicity. It’s 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

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

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


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 thousands of 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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