Through a series of planks and pushups, you can challenge yourself to do high volume, full body exercises with just a textbook

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Believe it or not—you can do a high intensity workout with a thick hardcover textbook. All it takes is improvising some of your workout positions and incorporating these heavy books instead of dumbbells or weights. Through a series of planks and pushups, you can challenge yourself to do a high volume full body exercise. Buckle up and get your textbooks ready—here are three exercises you can challenge yourself to do with an ultra heavy textbook: 

 

Single-Arm Sliding Push-Up

 

  1. Start by putting your textbook under your right hand while at a high plank position. Make sure your feet are wide apart
  2. Move your body into a push-up position while sliding your textbook forward. Keep your core and hips even while you’re at it 
  3. Once you complete the push up, go back up to your starting position while sliding your textbook once again under your right shoulder
  4. Do this consistently for 30 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between

 

Plank Slide to Push-Up

 

 

  1. Rest your hands on a textbook while in a folded forward position. Make sure your feet are hip-width apart and your arms are straight 
  2. Use your straight arms along with the textbook to slide forward to a high plank position
  3. Then do a push-up and slide the textbook back towards your feet 
  4. Do this for 20 seconds with 10 seconds in between to rest

 

Sliding Single-Leg Push-Up

 

 

  1. Your starting position should be in a high plank pose while your right foot is on a textbook and your left leg is lifted
  2. Lower your body into a push-up position and challenge yourself by extending your left leg as high as possible 
  3. Then, push up from the floor to return to your high plank pose. While doing so, make sure your knees are drawn towards your chest with your right foot sliding forward along with your textbook and your left leg hanging off the ground 
  4. After doing so, slide your right foot back out while lifting your left leg to lower yourself into a push-up position so you can do your next rep 
  5. Do this for 20 seconds with 10 seconds in between to rest