10 Trainer-Favorite Bodyweight Exercises to Get Stronger, No Dumbbells Required

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Have a goal to build strength? Bodyweight exercises are a good place to start. You’ll get comfortable in the movement patterns without the added stress (and injury potential) of weights. Once you get stronger, you can progress to using weights, increasing your reps, or switching to single-leg or jumping variations. Plus, you can do bodyweight moves anytime, anywhere and pack them into fast, challenging circuits if you want to rev your heart rate.

But not every bodyweight exercise is created equal, so of course we wanted to know which ones are the best for getting strong. To find out, we surveyed nine certified personal trainers for their favorite muscle-building, no-weight-needed exercises. Check out 11 of their choices ahead, and add them to your workouts to increase your strength and sculpt those muscles.

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