Being an aggressively broke, post-grad "adult" can be rough. Like, how did I get here, and can someone Venmo me enough money for a quality gym membership, please? Anyone? OK, real talk, though, whether you're struggling with low funds, or you simply want to learn how to build muscle without lifting weights because workout machines and equipment just aren't your thing, it's totally possible to make gains using the simple power of your own body. You just have to get a little creative about the ways in which you move and challenge yourself.
"Building muscle doesn’t require complicated and expensive equipment," Dr. Shaun Kennedy, a general medicine and nutrition doctor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Medical Center, tells Elite Daily over email. "Significant muscle gains can be achieved at home using no more than your own bodyweight." TBH guys, I can already feel my wallet shedding a tear of joyful relief.
If you’re looking to move away from weightlifting, or you simply can't afford a gym membership/your own set of weights, Dr. Kennedy recommends you begin to build strength with simple bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, sit-ups, leg raises, and planks. "Each of these exercises has a number of different variations to target different muscle groups and provide balanced muscle gain," he explains.
Try these five workouts the next time you want to work on your strength without spending a dime.