CrossFit Bodyweight Workouts (WODs Without Weights)

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Published by James Cunningham, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: February 26, 2024
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As a certified personal trainer, I regularly go to CrossFit classes to get a good workout with little or no equipment. Some of my favorite days are bodyweight WODs because you can simply focus on your body.

And because these are ideal exercises to do at home, I got together with a CrossFit coach to help me create a list of tried and tested bodyweight CrossFit workouts.

This took a couple of weeks to put together as I went through each of these routines to see how tough they would be.

Quick Summary

  • Bodyweight CrossFit workouts introduce multiple different movements for the lower and upper body, like air squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and box jumps.
  • More advanced WODs will introduce handstand push-ups and high rep ranges like 100 sit-ups.
  • According to studies by Sage Open Medicine, maximizing your range of motion for pull-ups and push-ups can get you maximum strength results
  • From my experience, the diversity and intensity of CrossFit bodyweight workouts are key to breaking fitness plateaus and achieving new personal bests.

10 Different Bodyweight CrossFit Workouts

Performing crossfit bodyweight workouts indoors

Here are ten different bodyweight workouts that you can do on different CrossFit exercise days at home or at the gym.

In my experience as a coach, I've seen clients make remarkable progress with these routines.

Double-Unders For Time

You want to be doing these rounds for time, so get your stopwatch ready on your smartwatch.

From my coaching experience, I've observed clients who initially struggled with double-unders significantly improve their focus and coordination after consistent practice.

You’ll need a good-quality weighted jump rope and enough space to not start bumping into stuff.

It’s a simple setup and involves just two things: 

  • 500 double-unders
  • 10 air squats at the end of each round

Each round should take about 6 minutes, but see how your personal best develops. You can also add to the air squat reps if you need more punishment.

Mary WOD

For this workout, you want to do as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes. 

This WOD is particularly beneficial for older adults, as it combines strength with balance and coordination, key factors in maintaining functional fitness as we age.

There are some advanced movements here, and you’ll need a pull-up bar: 

  • 5 handstand push-ups
  • 10 air-squats
  • 15 pull-ups

According to studies by Sage Open Medicine, maximizing your range of motion for pull-ups and push-ups can get you maximum strength results [1].

Bedroom WOD

Doing push-ups

This is a workout that you can do pretty much anywhere, even in a hotel room while you’re traveling.

It’s just three exercises, and try to complete 20 rounds for time:

  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 sit-ups
  • 10 air-squats

You can take short breaks for the 10 push-ups, but your first goal should be to complete each set without disruptions.

Angie WOD

The goal here is to complete 100 reps of each exercise for time.

You can split them up into sets of 5, 10, 20, or more: 

  • 100 pull-ups
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 100 air-squats

It’s usually the max pull-ups that dictate the reps.

Annie WOD

Performing sit ups indoors

You count the reps backward across five rounds for time.

The reps should be 50-40-30-20-10, and it’s just two exercises: 

  • Double-unders
  • Sit-ups

You will feel these hurts by the end, but that’s the goal.

Hero WOD

We’re going for three rounds as fast as possible with 21-15-9 reps in the hero WOD.

And there are four tough workouts involved:

  • Handstand push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Air-squats
  • Ring dips

If your max push-ups are below 21, then take a short break, but don’t reduce the reps in the first round.

Blastoff Burpees

Doing burpees indoors

The concept here is simple, and it’s all about completing 10 rounds as fast as possible.

And your reps are going to count down 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: 

  • Burpees
  • Sit-ups

Aim to have as little rest as you can handle without fainting.

Cindy WOD

Here’s another workout that you do for 20 minutes and complete as many rounds as you can:

  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 air-squats
  • 5 pull-ups

Pay close attention to the form in your push-ups and get the full range of motion.

20-Minute Burnout

Doing chin-ups in gym

Set a repeating one-minute timer, and every time it beeps, switch to the next exercise.

Plan this carefully, as you’re doing as many reps as possible for 20 minutes: 

  • Minute 1: Pull-ups
  • Minute 2: Sit-ups
  • Minute 3: Lunges
  • Minute 4: Push-ups

Don’t go full speed from round one; that’s a mistake you’ll only make once.

Cardio WOD

Your aim is to do eight rounds of this workout in as little time as possible: 

  • 400-meter run
  • 60-second rest

You can extend the 400-meter run as you get fitter, and make sure that you’re walking or slowly jogging for the rest of the time.

To complement these workouts, consider a protein-rich diet with a balance of carbohydrates and healthy fats, ensuring your body has the necessary fuel for recovery and muscle building.

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Timing and Integration With Your Workout Plan

Workout plan on a paper

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, bodyweight CrossFit workouts are a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and you need to carefully plan how you integrate these into your weekly routine [2].

What I mean is that you don’t want to pick the toughest programs from the list above and do them every day.

“HIIT may provide the same health benefits as regular exercise in less time by helping increase calorie burn and reduce body fat, heart rate, and blood pressure.”

- Danielle Hildreth, RN, CPT

Instead, plan to separate the really tough ones with maximum push-ups and muscle-ups with lower intensity or rest days in between.

For example, you could do the Mary, Hero, and Angie WOD on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

And then, on Tuesday, do the cardio WOD, and on Thursday, do the double-under and air-squat combination.

Related Article: Crossfit Chest Workout


What Are the Four Components of CrossFit?

Endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility are the four main components of CrossFit, and bodyweight exercises can help achieve all four of them. However, you need to carefully plan the movements you combine and the intensity you choose for different days.

What Are the Bodyweight Exercises for CrossFit?

Bodyweight exercises for CrossFit include push-ups, muscle-ups, air-quat movements, and sit-ups, among many others. The great thing is that you can go through many weeks of training without requiring much equipment.


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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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