Matt McLeod's Top 5 'No Equipment' Workouts

Matt McLeod's Top 5 'No Equipment' Workouts

Looking for an intense, effective workout but don’t have access to any equipment? Not a problem. CrossFit athlete, Matt McLeod shared 5 of his favourite workouts that will get your lungs pumping and your muscles burning, simply using your bodyweight. So, whether you’re at home, on vacation, or on a lunch break—you don’t have to sacrifice a good workout just because you don’t have a gym nearby. Get ready for a great sweat session. 

  1. AMRAP 9 minutes – Burpees

Simple and extremely effective – burpees are king for a full-body workout. 

  • Begin in a standing position.
  • Move into a squat position and place your hands on the ground.
  • Quickly kick your feet back and place yourself into a hand-plank position, keeping your arms extended.
  • Immediately return your feet back into a squat position and stand. Repeat. 

Complete as many reps as possible in 9 minutes. For an additional challenge, add a push-up while in your plank position. 

  1. AMRAP 12 minutes – 20-Meter Shuttle Run & 3 Burpees

Shuttle runs involve short and powerful bursts of speed, developing acceleration, agility, speed, and anaerobic fitness. 

  • Create a ‘starting line’ and place a marker 20 meters away.
  • Sprint as fast as you can from the starting line to the 20-meter marker and touch the ground.
  • Sprint as fast as you can, returning to the starting line.
  • Complete 3 burpees before repeating the sequence (see above for burpee instructions). 

Complete as many reps as possible in 12 minutes. 

  1. 10 Rounds – 200-Meter Run, 50 Air Squats, Rest 1 Minute

This practical workout combines both cardio with bodyweight movements, creating a highly effective workout. 

  • Run at a challenging pace for 200 meters.
  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Squat down, moving your hips down and back. 
  • Keeping your lumbar curve maintained, bend down until your hips have descended below your knees. 
  • Stand and repeat until you’ve reached a count of 50. 
  • Rest for one minute. 

Complete 10 rounds. 

  1. 6 Rounds - 20-Meter Burpee Broad Jump, 20-Meter Handstand Walk

Burpee broad jumps are a plyometric and total-body exercise that primarily targets the quads. Handstand walks target the core and upper body, making this simple workout very powerful. 

  • Complete a normal burpee as described above (adding an optional push-up while in plank position). 
  • Instead of standing and repeating the burpee, jump and propel yourself as far forward as possible.
  • Land and repeat until you’ve moved forward 20 meters. 
  • Then, put yourself into a handstand position and walk forward using your arms for 20 meters. 

Complete 6 rounds. 

  1. 12 Rounds – 12 Push-Ups, 20-Meter Run, 12 Pistols, 20-Meter Run

Pistol squats use only one leg at a time, requiring extreme balance and stability. Once perfected, pistol squats will increase your mobility and range of motion while building intensely strong and resilient legs. 

  • Perform 12 push-ups.
  • Run 20 meters.
  • To perform a pistol squat, start by standing on one leg with the elevated leg in front of you.
  • Activate your core and slowly perform a bodyweight squat, keeping the elevated leg off the floor.
  • Descend until your hips have dipped lower than your knee, with your elevated leg extended directly out in front of you. 
  • Stand and repeat with the other leg for a total of 12 pistol squats.

  • Run 20 meters. 

Complete for a total of 12 rounds.

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