Full-body exercises have become quite popular in modern society. As life gets busier with each new convenience, full-body exercises have garnered attention from people who don’t have the time to isolate and strengthen muscles. Full-body exercises help to improve energy levels and save time while allowing even the busiest of people to work on their overall fitness. Most full-body routines are basic exercises that can be done anywhere with no gear required. So which are the most effective for achieving your full-body goals?


Squats are the most effective exercises for stimulating the entire body. Change the intensity of the squats by speeding up or slowing down the pace and utilize multiple feet positions to activate different muscle groups.  You can also include weights to build increased muscle mass. By merely using squats in your exercise routine, you can sculpt your lower body muscles, as well as tighten and strengthen your core and upper body. Squats remain a favorite exercise by many as they can be performed anywhere, and there are endless variations to keep it interesting.


If squats are the king of lower body exercises, pull-ups are the ruler of upper-body muscle-building. You can train your torso, your shoulders, your forearms, and your back with only an iron bar. As a beginner, pull-ups can seem a bit daunting. However, there are many variations of pull-ups that make it possible for a person of any physical fitness to execute. As you begin to perfect the standard pull up, calisthenic tricks can be utilized to increase the intensity and impact of this workout. Athletes around the globe can agree that pull-ups are a fundamental part of any full-body exercise routine. 


The most challenging exercise on this list, the bodyweight dip requires that you have a solid level of strength throughout your body. Not sure if you’re ready for bodyweight dips? If you can do multiple sets of 20 push-ups, you are good to go. If you can’t, you may want to reconsider. Lowering and lifting your body between two parallel bars, a dip works to strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. To add an emphasis to the core, keep your abs tight and slowly lower yourself down into the dip. Weights can also be added to dips, such as between your feet, to increase the intensity of the workout.