How to do the 12 Minute Athlete
workouts with little or no equipment.
No equipment? No problem.
Every one of the 12 Minute Athlete workouts can be done using only your body weight (and very little space).
You won’t get the exact same workout as you would with the equipment… but that’s OK.
The minimal equipment we use here on the site is to challenge you and add variation to the workouts. It’s not crucial by any means.
Work hard enough, and I promise the workout will still kick your ass.
Here are substitutions for some of the most common exercises we do here on the 12 Minute Athlete:
Back lunges w/ sandbag press:
Back lunges using dumbbells or a random heavy object instead of a sandbag, back lunges with hands behind head
Bent over rows w/ sandbag:
Substitute sandbag for dumbbells or heavy object
Two chairs close together as substitute for dip station or parallel bars, Triceps push ups
High knees w/ jump rope:
Air squats , or squats with dumbbells or a backpack filled with heavy objects
Side lunges w/ sandbag:
Side lunges without using a sandbag, or side lunges with dumbbells or a backpack filled with heavy objects without using a sandbag, or side lunges with dumbbells or a backpack filled with heavy objects
Turkish get ups (kettlebell):
Turkish get ups holding a dumbbell or heavy object or turkish get ups with hands clasped behind head
If you have a question about a specific exercise substitution not listed here, feel free to ask in the comments of the workout for that day or get in touch here.
High bench, stairs (or simply do substitute exercises described above)
Two chairs or high stools
Just do the same exercises, bodyweight only (but really, get yourself a jump rope—they’re cheap! And awesome!)
Dumbbell, sandbag, or a heavy, awkward object
Pull up bar:
See individual exercise substitutions above
Dumbbells or a backpack/duffel bag filled with heavy objects (or make your own sandbag using a burlap bag and some sand)
You need a timer for these workouts. You can get the official iPhone or Android app, or there are also several websites that offer free interval timers if you prefer.