Top Ten Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises to Get Strong, Flexible, and Coordinated

There are countless bodyweight exercises to choose from. While they may all have a specific value, in general some are better than others. The sometimes overwhelming variety of exercises is why people ask questions like,

If you could only choose one (or two or three) exercises to do, what would they be?

This question has been posted in every fitness forum or group dozens of times, and while I don’t think you should limit yourself to one or two exercises, it can be valuable to analyze which exercises are the best use of your time to meet your goals. It’s good to be able to pare down the fluff and concentrate on what will really make you better.


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There are certain exercises you should spend a lot of time perfecting to help you improve your physical fitness, as these exercises help you build a foundation that’s ready for more difficult skills down the line.

In this post, we’ll list the top 10 exercises we believe are fundamental for developing overall strength, flexibility, and body control.

Strength Training Basics – 4 Kinds of Strength and 3 Rules to Develop Them

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There are two common reasons why people begin an exercise program: To look better (fat loss) To improve their overall function (strength building) In a previous article, we covered what needs to be done to get the “six pack”, so in this post I’ll talk about building strength – what it is, how to get it,…

The GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #58] – Perfecting Your Pull-Up

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Pull-ups are one of the most fundamental bodyweight exercises. If you have a bar or a set of rings, you’re pretty much good to go. As simple as it sounds, though, there are a lot of details that go into perfecting your pull-up technique. (Click here for our full pull-up tutorial.) Because pull-ups are a…

Two Simple Exercises to Gain Strength, Flexibility, and Balance

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Strength, flexibility, and balance are the primary qualities determining your athletic ability. We are all working to improve these aspects in ourselves as much as possible and there aren’t many exercises that can enhance all three. In this post, I’ll share two exercises that do just that. The Front and Back Scales, which essentially involve lifting…

The GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #57] – Tumbling Questions and Concerns

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Tumbling skills, like front rolls and back rolls, can be pretty intimidating if you haven’t really practiced them before. We get tons of questions about every tumbling detail you could imagine, including positioning, timing, and even which mats to use. Andy and Ryan had lots to say about the questions we’ve received on tumbling. Here’s a…