Challenging Variations of Basic Exercises

Working out at home can be pretty convenientbut performing basic moves can only be challenging for novices. Now if you want to crank up your workout intensity and challenge yourself it’s time to modify those push ups, bodyweight squats, and jumping jacks.

Modify Basic Exercises To Challenge Your Body

Two point plank


Two point plank

Clapping Push Up

A clapping push up is an explosive move that will get you sweating for sure. It’s not for those with wrist injuries though. If you don’t feel confident with the basic push up and your form is far from perfect then do not attempt to do this. Instead work on keeping your body in one straight line without raising your butt up or dropping it down. Also you may want to strengthen your wrists before attempting this exercise.

Plyo Push Up

A plyo push up is also a great variation that will add a bit of intensity to your workout. This one requires two low step platforms at your sides onto which you land with your palms after going up from a push up. You can use a medicine ball (or one step platform) to perform push ups resting and alternating hands

Squat to Split Squat

Split squat is a pretty challenging move on its own but pair it up with the good old squat with a jump transition and you will get an explosive plyometric exercise that will torch major calories and get your legs and bottom in shape.

Goblet Squat to Lateral Leg Raise

Squat and raise your right leg to the side as high as you can to work the sides of your glutes. You can start with your bodyweight and then add a dumbbell.

Two-Point Plank

Start in a plank position with your hands on the floor, keeping your body in line. Raise your right arm and your left leg straight up and hold for 5 or more seconds. Switch arms and legs and repeat nineteen more times.

Plank Jacks

Besides basic jumping jacks (a great warm up exercise) you can do a few variations that will keep your body guessing and you sweating. Try a plyometric power jack move or jump with your feet while in a plank position. Plank jacks are great for toning the core and if that’s not challenging enough for you try adding a push up to this latter move.

There are always ways to take it up a notch with your workout routine. Adding explosiveness and intensity to your exercises will help you burn more calories and fat.

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Mona Liz

Mona Liz is a fitness and healthy lifestyle enthusiast with a passion for writing, music, cats, and food.

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