While weight training is often synonymous with looking big and ripped, it’s not the only way to get there. Strategic use of body weight exercises can be just as effective, if not more, than the traditional stalwarts like the bench press and squat rack. Skeptics, since I know you’re out there, take a look at gymnasts. These athletes are some of the most ripped on the planet and they don’t use weights. Many modern programs make it both safe and effective to get ripped without adding weight.