You obviously know by now that I’m a big fan of bodyweight training.

And I’ve mentioned before in an article last year with my top 4. You can see them here.

Now I’ve come across another list that was featured online last week with a top 5 list of the best bodyweight exercises.

So let’s run an eye over those.

I’ll list them then give my 2 cents:

1. Planks

2. Push Ups

3. Burpees

4. Mountain Climbers (what I call Sprinters Shuffles)

5. Squats

Not a bad list that’s for sure.

But as you may be aware now, I’m not a fan of burpees anymore.

We don’t do them at DPM – same as crunches and sit ups etc.


Cause there’s plenty of better exercises that do the same job – that don’t put your body in a potential position to give your lower back grief.

As for the other exercises, there’s some good choices there.

The only thing missing for mine, and one that people often leave out when planing a bodyweight workout – and that’s stuff that targets the upper back.
Sure you can argue if you do a side plank it does activate your back muscles to a degree.

But so do Stick Ups or any of the Chin Up or Standing Row variations.

Even Reverse Helicopters are a very underrated exercise that looks easy but kicks in when the reps are high.

Either way, you can do worse than this list.

The main thing is you do something that is right for you, and your body and injury history.

What would you put in your top 5 list?


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