We’re all for serious workouts, but sometimes it’s fun to get a little, well, wild. Take bodyweight exercises—they’re simple, require zero equipment, and can lead to major strength gains. But those go-to moves can often feel a bit stale. If that’s the case, we have just the solution.

This animal-inspired total-body workout from Jaime McFaden, a personal trainer at Grokker, provides an intense strength and cardio circuit—and a lot of laughs along the way. All you need is a mat to perform these super effective (and super fun) strengthening exercises inspired by animals, from crab walks to donkey kicks to inchworms. You may feel a little silly, but you’ll definitely get stronger—and who said exercise has to be serious all the time?

Plus, with beginner and advanced modifications offered for each exercise, you can tailor the workout to fit how you’re feeling that day. Just press play to bear crawl your way to a stronger body!

Here’s the recap.

Perform each move for 30 seconds.


  • March
  • Hamstring curl
  • Greek shuffle
  • Toe tap
  • Jumping jack

Circuit x 2

  • Bear crawl
  • Crab walk
  • Starfish jump
  • Flying bird with extended leg
  • Lateral ape
  • Bird dog
  • Kangaroo
  • Inchworm
  • Flying squirrel
  • Turtle
  • Donkey kick
  • Plank


  • Side-to-side reach
  • Runner’s lunge
  • Triangle
  • Deep breath
  • Triceps stretch

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