“It’s one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you’ll find outside the gym,” says Jenna Speicher, a personal trainer at the Grand Del Mar resort, in San Diego. “Plus, every playground has one.” Most of us probably run or walk by a dozen benches every day without even thinking about it.
“Look for a bench that’s stable and not too high,”Speicher says.“Most park benches are ideal.” Rainy day? A sturdy living room ottoman makes a fine backup. Speicher designed this bench-based routine, which takes advantage of body weight to both elevate heart rate and provide a total-body workout. Try the 20-minute series of exercises a few times a week to get your body into starting shape.