Four exercise routines you can do virtually anywhere, according to fitness experts

From sprinting to air squats, there are many ways you can stay healthy for free

Steven John
Friday 06 April 2018 15:54 BST
Pull ups can be performed at almost any park
Pull ups can be performed at almost any park (Shutterstock)

I’m in pretty good shape, overall. I run four to five times a week, do callisthenics and do a decent amount of strength training.

What I basically never do, however, is go to the gym.

I had a fitness club membership in the past, which I made use of a few times a week. However, over time, I came to realise that not only did I not need a gym to stay in shape, but I preferred the cardio exercise and strength training routines I could create for myself either outdoors or in my own home.

Whether you travel often, are tight on time or are trying to save cash by dropping your gym membership, there’s no reason you can’t get in a great workout without a gym almost anytime and anywhere.

Most workouts that don’t require gym equipment use one or more of the same three basic components: movement, gravity and your own body.

How to work out without the gym, according to a celebrity trainer

Regular exercise can ward off dementia
Regular exercise can ward off dementia (Shutterstock)

Ramona Braganza has worked with Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, and Zac Efron – people whose livelihoods are largely predicated on their physical appearance.

Working with actors and actresses on set means Ms Braganza rarely has access to gym equipment or weights and only short windows of the stars’ time.

“I have to remain flexible with where I provide my short but effective 3-2-1 workouts,” Ms Braganza explained, referencing a circuit training program she uses that employs a 3:2:1 ratio of cardio, strength training and core exercises.

“Often I don’t have equipment and I’m not in a gym,” Ms Braganza says, but that doesn’t stop her from delivering a 10 minute workout that includes cardio, strength training and core exercise. For people who work office jobs where they sit or even stand for most of the day, strengthening to prevent a weak core and back muscles is essential, she adds.

The beauty of the workout routine Ms Braganza shared with me is that you can do it just about anywhere and it takes all of 10 minutes.

Ramona Braganza’s 10-minute total body routine:

First minute of cardio (start with standing ab crunches)

Three minutes of strength training broken into three one-minute segments (tabletop heel taps, diagonal leg extensions and glute bridges)

Second minute of cardio (jumping jacks)

Three more minutes of one-minute strength exercises (side-plank raises, Supermans, wall flatteners)

Third minute of cardio (skaters)

Minute of core (standard plank)

How to work out away from a gym — according to people who run a gym

Natasha Lucero-Conklin, co-owner of the Sopris CrossFit gym in Carbondale, Colorado and the gym’s lead trainer, Ray Cooney, also had some amazing insight.

“There is little better in the fitness world than running sprints, doing push-ups and doing air squats,” he said. When planning an effective outdoor workout, “don’t get too focused on the movements themselves, focus on how they are done”. He recommends constantly changing the intensity and speed of your movements, which will help vary the metabolic stimulus of the workout.

Mr Cooney and Ms Lucero-Conklin shared three CrossFit inspired routines that anyone can try – and all that’s required is some open space and a good dose of willpower.

Workout one:

Eight 50m running sprints, with two-minute rests between runs

Rest 10 minutes, then complete four cycles of 20 air squats, 30 hollow rocks and 20 push-ups

Workout two:

Five-mile run

Rest 15 minutes, then complete 15 rounds as fast as possible of the following: five dips, ten push-ups and 15 air squats (rest one minute between rounds)

Workout three:

Four 400m running sprints, resting 30 seconds between rounds

Rest six minutes, then complete sets of air squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and burpees

Cooney’s gym-free workout routines generally focus more on building muscle endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and flexibility, because building muscle strength can be challenging without gym equipment.

But he had one final piece of advice: “When programming outdoors for strength, everything needs to be done with max intensity – this means giving yourself enough rest between sets to perform to the best of your ability.”

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