5 Ancient Workout Tips You Can Benefit From, Even Today

The Half-moon Push Up
The Half-moon Push Up

Well, we’ve all heard the expression that “everything new is just forgotten” and this article can certainly prove it. These exercises were discovered centuries or even thousands of years ago and are still very effective.

If you think about it, in the old days people didn’t have time to make mistakes, they needed to get faster, stronger and fitter just to survive. That is why they had to create something really functional, efficient, and powerful to improve their physique.

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We have done some research and think our readers will find it very interesting and might even decide to practice some of these exercises and techniques.

Workout Tips from Ancient Civilizations


Gada Mace has been known in India for over 2000 years and is used to train warriors. Originally made from clay, stone, or cement with a bamboo stem in the center, it looks like a huge lollipop and is unbeatable for developing good grip as well as upper body strength and power.

That explains why wrestlers still use it. If you can get this thing around in your head, shooting an opponent should be a piece of cake.

The Half-moon Push Up

The Half-moon Push Up
The Half-moon Push Up

This exercise has a very deep past but is still considered very effective for building strength and mobility. Perhaps that is why many jiu-jitsu fighters and participants include it in their regular training regimen.

Start with your feet and hands, with your knees bent in a nearly sitting position. Lowering your body, push yourself with your hands and turn your knees to the right.

When your chest is in line with your shoulders, begin turning your knees to the left. When your chest is in line with your shoulders again, begin pushing yourself back to the starting position.

All movement should be very smooth and in one motion creating a semi-circle across the floor.

The Archer Squat

This exercise is great for improving balance and flexibility in your lower back.

Begin by standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Raise your right foot slightly so that the weight is on your heel. The left foot should be steady.

Begin by squatting down, bending your left knee, and keeping your right knee straight. You can extend your right arm to the side (optional).

Once you’ve reached the lowest point you can reach without any lower back or knee discomfort, return to the starting position.

Repeat on the other side.

Hindu Squats

Hindu Squats
Hindu Squats

Another exercise that has been practiced for centuries is called the Hindu squat.

Begin by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Begin squatting, placing all of your weight on your toes, keeping your back straight, facing forward, and making sure your knees are slightly above your toes.

Lower yourself to the ground and remember to squat, not lean forward. Swing your arms up and use momentum to begin to extend your knees and hips and return to the starting position.

Farmers Walk

You have probably seen someone doing this exercise. It’s called the Farmers’ Walk. It may sound simple, but it is actually very effective for increasing strength, activating muscles throughout the body, and developing mental toughness as well.

You probably didn’t know that this exercise was a gift from the Vikings to us. They were heavily armed and to carry all those weapons, shields, and other metal things, they had to be very strong.

Lift weights according to your personal strength. Walk 10 steps, look straight ahead, keep your back straight, and activate your core.

Go back to the starting position. Repeat 3 times.

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