21 Inspirational Workout Ideas

21 Workout Ideas for Inspiration and Motivation

Whether it’s out of boredom, plateauing, or simply a lack of motivation, we all reach that point where the same old exercise routine just isn’t cutting it anymore. If this sounds like you, you might be in need of a few workout ideas.

It’s important to mix up your workout routine first and foremost because this is one of the best known ways to overcome plateauing. When training, you want to hit every muscle group for maximum results.

If you only do the same six or seven exercises over and over again, there is a chance you’re not working every muscle, and this can greatly impact everything from your strength to your physique.

Ideally, you want to challenge and tone every muscle group. Even if your goal isn’t to build muscle, for example, lifting weights will help you tone muscles you would ordinarily not touch in a typical aerobic workout. Likewise, yoga and aerobics tone muscles in a way that lifting weights isn’t suited for.

Side Grip Pull-ups

Absolutely underrated upper body exercise that will have you hitting muscles you didn’t know you had. Especially useful for your lats, upper pectorals, and biceps.

View this post on Instagram

QUICK UPPER BOD💪🏻⁣ ⁣ tbh did NOT feel like doing this workout at all but got in there and did it anyways and I felt much better afterwards ☺️ I had a few more accessory exercises planned after this but decided to just call it a day. Compound exercises are always my main priority, and I make sure to get those done first 👊🏻⁣ ⁣ And like most of my full upper body days, I included the following:⁣ ⁣ 🔺vertical pull (chin-ups/lat pulldown) ⁣ 🔺vertical push (push press)⁣ 🔺horizontal pull (barbell row)⁣ 🔺horizontal push (bench press). ⁣ ⁣ Here it is:⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣Chin-ups – 4×4⁣ 2️⃣Bench press – 3×8,7,6⁣ 3️⃣Lat pull-down – 4×8⁣ 4️⃣Barbell row – 3×10⁣ 5️⃣Push press – 3×8’⁣ ⁣ Happy Friday eve! 💕✌🏻⁣ ⁣ #upperbodyworkout #upperbody #fullupperbody #backday #benchpress #chinups #fitness #workouts

A post shared by Brianna Marie (@briannamariefitness) on

Classic Tricep Dips

Another exceptional bodyweight exercise that not enough people take advantage of. The more you master your own body weight, the healthier you will become. Dips are an excellent place to start.

View this post on Instagram

There’s something super empowering about pushing and pulling your own bodyweight around. Anyone else!? 👋🏼⁣ ⁣ SWIPE ➡️ for all the moves and save to try it later!!⁣ ⁣ This is a more advanced workout so if you’re not to this place yet hear me out for a sec (and if you’re past this level just skip down to the workout, add a few more reps and you should be covered too👌🏼😅😝)⁣ ⁣ It’s taken me a good 3 yrs of working on pullups, pushups and body weight exercise to get to where I am now. ⁣ ⁣ I started at zero too.⁣ ⁣ I didn’t have a head start and have always been weaker in my upper body than my lower. ⁣ ⁣ SO.⁣ ⁣ If I can get here so can you. I really mean that, okay? I’m not just saying it. ⁣ Choose 1 thing and decide to kill it. Then DON’T STOP until you have. It may be 3 yrs, it may be more (I’m not where I want to be yet either! I mean, check out that shake during the tricep dips and knee raises 😅😆) ⁣ ⁣ Patience and consistency. If you can master those two things, you WILL master anything you set your mind to. ✨✨⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ARMS/ABS WORKOUT⁣ ⁣ 1. ME* Tricep dips⁣ 2. 10 Parallette in/out climbers ⁣ 3. 10 Dip bar pullups (focus on your lats and use your legs as little as possible)⁣ 4. 10 Stabilized knee raise⁣ 5. ME Ring pullups ⁣ 6. ME Parallette push-up jump throughs⁣ Repeat as many times as possible in 30 minutes 💦💦⁣ ⁣ *ME = max effort, as many as possible with good form 👌🏼👌🏼⁣

A post shared by Ruth M | CPT, PN1, RKC (@ruth_mpower) on

Wide Grip Pull-up

This is one of those exercises that some people just flat out never touch because of how difficult it is at first. Don’t shy away from this exercise, it is almost an entire workout in itself. You can build a ton of muscle and tone your entire upper body if you learn to incorporate these into your routine.

Core Toning Yoga (Boat Asana)

Any exercise that tones and strengthens the solar plexus area will go a long way toward improved health, and will also help keep you from plateauing in chest and back exercises. If you lift weights and do a lot of back exercises, you should especially focus on toning the core with yoga for proper counterbalance.

Light Weight Full Body Movement

Bodyweight training is one of the key components of self-mastery and keeping your body in peak shape. If you want to really challenge yourself and build on your training, perform bodyweight exercises but with a little added weight. It only takes 5 to 15 extra pounds to turn an ordinary bodyweight exercise into a test of grit. Learn to adapt with this increased weight and you will strengthen your entire body.

Bodyweight Balance

You don’t have to pull off something this ambitious, but the point is, you should start incorporating bodyweight balancing into your routine. Learn how to fully master the weight and feel of your own body by supporting it in various positions. You can start simply with incline planking or the yoga Crow Asana.

Bodyweight Balance Motivation

Sustained Balance

Once you are comfortable balancing your weight, you can expand your workout to include more graceful bodyweight balancing feats. Exercises that help you learn your body and connect with it on a deeper level will push you toward better strength and endurance. Start with poses like the yoga Tree Asana and take time every day to stretch your legs and open your hips with a simple yoga routine such as this morning balance routine.

sustained balance yoga

Cable Pulls for Upper Body

Simple and effective, cable pulls are a staple in many workouts but they can be adapted to hit a litany of different muscles. If you’re hard up for an upper body exercise, do some adapted cable pulls and find a weight that challenges you.

Full Body Stretching (Kata)

Even if you are currently not involved with a particular school or discipline of self-mastery, you can benefit immensely from such exercises. Not only are kata routines effective for toning the entire body, they aid in balancing your mind and raising your awareness. If you aren’t feeling your usual workout routine, loosen up with some tai chi, kung fu, qi gong, or similar martial art.

Weighted Front Raises

Not only effective for strengthening the arms and chest, front raises and similar exercises teach you control and balance of your limbs. This training has numerous practical purposes, including more effective striking.

View this post on Instagram

❗️DUMBBELL ONLY UPPER BODY❗️ ~ hit a little bit of everything w/ this workout 🤪 ☁️ I’ve decided to pick lighter weights for most of my workouts for the next few weeks because I want to work more on my mobility/flexibility. Ever since I sprained my ankle in November, I feel like my lower body isn’t as functional, so gotta work on that 🥵 Hope u guys enjoy this kiilllllaaa workout tho, lmk if you try it ☺️ 💧front raise to press 3×12 💧tricep kickbacks 3×10 💧chest press 3×12 💧bicep curls 3×10 💧rear delt flies 3×10 💧alternating arnold press 3×10 each 💧reverse curls 3×10 . . . . #fitnessmotivation #fitnessmodel #girlswholift #fitnessgirl #fitspo #happyandhealthy #motivation #positivity #gluteactivation #gymshark #gymsharkwomen #workouts #workoutvideos #girlswhoworkout #goals #whitneysimmons #getfitwithwhit #instafit #hiitworkout #lifestyle #workoutsforwomen #beavisionary #gluteworkout #fatburningworkout #legsworkout #beginnerworkout #discoverunder200k

A post shared by Rozana 🏋🏻‍♀️ (NASM CPT) (@rozasfitness) on

Back Extensions

A secret weapon for lower back training. Start off without added weight and make sure you don’t “throw” your weight with this exercise. You want slow, steady, controlled movement in order to really strengthen the back. Counterbalance this workout with hamstring stretches whenever possible.

View this post on Instagram

PULL PULL PULL!! Honestly speaking, my pull strength isn’t that great as pushing. That’s why it become my least favourite especially when it comes to the movement that using my lowerback as my hamstring injury are not yet fully recovered 🥴 But still you still have to work on it. First priority is to know what you’re doing. You can spend hours and hours in the gym and looks like you’re a regular gym goer. But if you don’t understand what you’re doing. You just wasting your time. 😤 Here’s the last pull exercise routine: 👉🏻Pull Up, 3sets of 10-12 👉🏻Back Extension, 3sets of 10-12 👉🏻Underhand Pull Down, 3sets of 10-12 👉🏻Lat Pull Down, 3sets of 10-12 👉🏻Machine Row, 3sets of 10-12 #celebrityfitnessmalaysia #celebrityfitnessindonesia #everydayigetbetter #celfit #gymlife #fitnessmotivation #backday #upperbodyworkout #gymmotivation #pushworkout #strength #lats #pull #backdayworkout #workoutvideo #strengthtraining #fitfam #fit #latworkout #rows #backmuscles #bodybuilding #training #pullups #workouts #buildmuscle

A post shared by Epul (@saifuliskandar) on

Learn to Throw a Kick

One of the most effective workouts in the world. It never occurs to most people to learn how to kick, perhaps because they think they’ll never need to actually kick something. But that’s hardly the point.

Kicking properly requires a whole range of body movement and control that no other exercise or technique utilizes. To kick, you need to have control over your own body weight, the ability to balance on one foot, a decent amount of flexibility, and of course the core and leg strength to pull it all off. Training to kick will of course boost you in all of these areas.

My own training took off when I first learned how to kick, because it forces you to use your body in ways most people simply don’t. It’s a full body experience that everyone should train, even if you have no intention of using what you know in self-defense.

Preacher Curls

The most underrated bicep exercise in my opinion. Also useful for forearm and grip training. For something a bit spicier, try reverse preacher curls.

View this post on Instagram

Arms and Abs!💪🏼 : Moved fairly quick on this workout spent about 60-90 seconds for rest between sets. And sometimes you gotta lift some heavy shit to get bigger arms! HAPPY SUNDAY🙏🏼 : WORKOUT: 🥞EZ Bar Preacher Curl: 4×6-10 🥞Incline Dumbbell Skull Crushers: 4×8-10 🥞Close Neutral Grip Chest Press: 4×8-10 (emphasis on tricep squeeze) 🥞Individual Cable Curl: 4×15-20 🥞Cable Tricep Push Down: 4×10 superset w/ Lying Tricep Push Downs: 4×10 🥞Hanging Leg Raises: 4×10 superset w/ Weight Standing Russian Twist: 4 sets of 1 minute twist. (Keep your hips facing forwards, squeeze your core and let your obliques move your upper body.) #arms #armday #lift #training #bicep #tricep #goldsgym #musclebeach #flex #sunday #bodybuilding #fitness #physique #aesthetic #beast #grind #abs #workouts #motivation #inspiration #lifestyle

A post shared by Zach Andrews (@zachandrews__) on

Weighted Split Squats

A bodyweight exercise that will hit different than typical lunges or squats. The perfect thing for leg day if you are tired of either and are no longer seeing the right gains. By mixing up the way you move, you hit all those little places lunges and squats miss. Counterbalance with plenty of leg stretches.

Wall Running

While no one expects you to pull this off or become some action hero stuntman, the idea of wall running can be transmuted into an entire workout philosophy: do challenging things.

Too many people get comfortable in their routines and then wonder why they plateau. Your body is designed to respond to challenge, not comfort. For something different than the norm, try wall stepping. Jump against a wall and kick off of it. Try to “raise” yourself into the air by jumping off a wall.

Once you are comfortable doing this, run at a wall and jump off of it. These kinds of exercises challenge you to move your body in ways you typically never need to, thereby working your muscles in unexpected and difficult ways. It doesn’t matter if you don’t really know what you’re doing. Just have fun with it.

If you practice long enough, you will find that wall jumping is great for leg strength, balance, and learning how to recover when landing.

Body Weight Control Push-Ups

Ordinary push-ups should already be a staple in your workout, even if you hate them or have no desire to get big pecs.

To increase bodyweight control, learn to balance on one hand and do other kinds of pushup adaptations in your workout. This is practically a full body workout in itself.

View this post on Instagram

UPPER & CORE!! 💪 ͈ I don’t always train upper body, but when I do, I train core too 😜💁‍♀️ Here is a workout from my GYM Active program available exclusively on @fitplan_app 💪 GYM Active is a full body gym based program designed to help create a strong, lean, toned body and build your confidence in the gym! Using basic equipment, this 8 week program is suitable for all fitness levels and is the perfect way to kickstart your fitness goals. If you’re looking for home based workouts, my HOME Active program is also available on @fitplan_app 💕 Click the link in my bio and get amongst itttt 🔥 ͈ WORKOUT ͈ 3 SETS ͈ – 12 x Push Ups w/ Rotation – 15 x Chest Press – 12 x Dumbbell Shoulder Press (each side) – 20 x Flutter Kicks – 12 x Dips – 20 x Commando Planks

A post shared by Dannibelle (@dannibelle) on

Learn to Throw a Better Kick

So you learned how to kick and you see how effective a workout it is. It’s time to put that knowledge and training to good use. Begin to incorporate regular leg stretches into your everyday workout routine so you can eventually start training higher and more precise kicks. The more extended a kick, the more balance and core strength it requires.

Training a high kick requires a powerful core and great flexibility, so these are goals to strive for. Eventually, you will not only have a fun and effective workout, but a seriously powerful means of self-defense.

Learn to throw a kick

Yoga Back and Core Stretching

Try and work more yoga into your workouts, especially poses that focus on your core and back. A weak core and back are probably the two biggest culprits as to why you plateau and become stagnant in your results.

Think about it. We overly focus on muscles like biceps, pecs, and glutes, but at the end of the day, our trunk makes up the bulk of our body. If it is underdeveloped, everything else will suffer.

Proper core and back stretches will “prime” these areas for better growth as you train these regions, and keep you from becoming stagnant.

Yoga Back and Core Stretch

Reverence and Poise

Endurance is often a weak point for even the biggest health nuts. Learn the power of stillness and toughness by performing exercises like the tree pose barefoot in the dirt, or on rocks. Kneel or plank on the bare earth. Take the time to focus on keeping your back straight even if your knees are burning. This kind of “mental training” is just as important as any physical exercise. Synthesize the two for a better overall workout.

Poise and strength yoga motivation

Handstands and Shoulder-stands

It goes without saying that these are the epitome of bodyweight training techniques. It may take awhile to get to the point where you can comfortably execute them, but they will do a perfect job of mixing up any workout routine and will challenge you to push past your boundaries and limitations. Don’t be discouraged, it can take years to learn these techniques.

Handstands workout motivation

Jumping Exercises

You probably aren’t jumping enough. There’s a reason why simple exercises like jumping jacks and jump-roping are workout mainstays. They hit a ton of different muscle groups and train balance and self-awareness. Find more ways to jump and incorporate them into your workout.

Don’t settle for jumping in place, either. Learn to jump onto things. Over things. Off of things.

Your body will thank you.

Don’t Allow Yourself to Stay Unmotivated

Motivation is your job, it’s not something that falls from the sky or visits you when the mood strikes. This is a huge misconception.

It’s up to you to develop a “take on the world” mindset. Only you can do this, no one else.

Stay motivated by mixing up your workouts with some of the above suggestions. The more you mix up your workout routine, the more likely you are to see results and therefore get that positive feedback you’re looking for.

And if you’re really not feeling a workout, that’s when you need it most.

Part of motivation is in your body chemistry. Something you ate or something you thought could be throwing your whole mood off.

Don’t give into to “low” states, because by doing so, you feed that vibration.

Instead, get your body moving and really tear some muscle and sweat it out. This is the core of motivation, your frame of mind.

Motivational Workout Ideas


4 thoughts on “21 Workout Ideas for Inspiration and Motivation”

  1. I don’t typically comment on posts, but as a
    long time reader I thought I’d drop in and wish you all the best during these troubling times.

    From all of us at Royal CBD, I hope you stay well with the COVID19 pandemic progressing at an alarming rate.

    Justin Hamilton
    Royal CBD

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *