Simple Full Body Workout

Nothing beats a simple full body workout. It is one of the best ways to begin building the physical pillar of your human foundation.

Let me step back and define the simple full body workout. It’s easy to remember and requires no machines, no weights, and no limits. The workout has enough room for progression so that it always presents a challenge. It can be done pretty much anywhere by anyone (in a hotel room, bedroom, or garage). Today, we will introduce you to one of the simplest, and hardest, full body workouts.

Editor’s Note: You can accomplish this workout any way you want. For beginners we would recommend doing each exercise in sets of 5-10 reps. 

The Simple Full Body Workout

Exercise Repetitions (for time)
Pushups 100
Squats 100
Crunches 100

Complications Of The Simple Workout

The complications are the reason why this is one of the hardest workouts; this is where the true genius of the workout comes through. The first complication is to do this workout as fast as you can–then do it faster the next time. Once you have significantly mastered the workout and can do it with speed and precision, you can begin substituting some of the following, more complicated exercises for the standard, simple exercises in the table above:

  • Diamond Pushups
  • Sumo Squats
  • Oblique Crunches

If you’re a beast, you can try these variations:

  • One-armed Pushups (!)
  • One-legged Squats
  • Vertical-leg Crunches

There are many other exercise-specific variations that can be applied to this workout (Check out this article on Art of Manliness to see 35+ pushup variations).

Here’s a few general complication ideas for this workout:

  • Perform this workout at the end of a 20 hr. fast (author tested)
  • Do a 2+ mile run directly before or after this workout (author tested)
  • Do this workout with a 20 lb. weighted vest (Murphy style)

A reminder and disclaimer on the last three complications and this workout in general: there is always a risk of injury when working out; please be careful in your implementation of this workout and its complications.

Let us know your time (and or complications) for this workout in the comments!