Best Workouts to Build Muscle

blankDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms and fitness centers are closed leaving people no choice but to exercise from home. However, there are still many ways to build up muscle at home with little-to-no equipment.

Walking and Running

To get plenty of strength in your core, upper body and lower body like athletes have, experts say cardio is key. This will also help you build up muscle – with only your own two legs and a good pair of athletic shoes. There is one trick to get even more increased strength. When you do cardio work, think about your abs and pull them into your core.

Squats

This exercise is one of the best out there to build up lower body muscle. A perfect squat is where you stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, pushing the butt and hips back, and bend the knees. It is important to keep looking straight ahead and key the back flat and chest up. Squat down for as long as you can and then slowly rise up to the starting position. You can even hold weights to make it even harder.

Push-ups

If you want to work on your core, chest, triceps and shoulders, push-ups are a great muscle-building exercise. There are many ways you can do a push-up. You can do it the old-fashioned way or you can modify it. Instead of having your legs above the ground, you can have them resting on the ground or work up to starting on an incline.

Crunches

Crunches help tone your midsection and build up core strength. This is important to help build muscle and increase overall body strength. You can do crunches on a mat or a soft surface such as a carpet for comfort. When doing this exercise, it is important to remember that you shouldn’t lift your entire back off the floor, as this causes back strain. It is also important to use proper breathing techniques as well.

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