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13 Exercises That Start With E (These Will Get You Toned!)

Exercises are usually categorized by the muscle group they train. But some people like to sort exercises based on the letter they start with.

So, in this article, I cover 13 interesting exercises that start with the letter E.  

For those who like to skim, these exercises are as below:

  • Elliptical
  • Easy pose
  • Eagle pose
  • EZ bar curl
  • Elevated plank
  • Elbow roll outs
  • Elevated squats
  • Explosive push-up
  • Eccentric calf raise
  • Elevated heel touch
  • External rotator cuff
  • Elevated glute bridge
  • Elevated triceps push-up

Read on to find out how to do each exercise and what muscles each exercise works.


Elliptical machines are popular among cardio lovers.

They’re a great alternative to running on a treadmill and can help improve muscular endurance and stamina.

How To

  1. Step onto the Elliptical trainer and start pedaling by pushing in a forward motion with your feet. Push and pull on the handles evenly.
  2. Choose “manual” on the display to set your own workout or select one of the pre-set programs.
  3. To increase or decrease the resistance of the pedals, hit the up or down arrows on the display respectively.
  4. Make sure the Elliptical has fully stopped before stepping off to avoid risk of injury.

Muscles Worked

  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Abdominals

Easy Pose

Easy pose (Sukhasana) is the name for any comfortable, cross-legged, seated position, and is one of the most common poses used in meditation and yoga.

How To

  1. Start by sitting on supportive padding (such as a blanket) in a comfortable, cross-legged position, so that your hips are higher than your knees.
  2. Ensure your shoulders are aligned directly over your hips then slide the shoulder blades down your back so your shoulders move away from your ears.
  3. Rest your hands on top of your thighs or in your lap.
  4. When breathing in, feel your spine extend. When breathing out, root down through your seat.

Muscles Worked

  • Back
  • Abdominals

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose (Garudasana) looks really complicated and awkward, but it’s not that difficult once you break it down bit-by-bit.

I find that the Eagle Pose helps reduce shoulder strain after I’ve been sitting at my computer for hours on end.

How To

  1. Lift your right foot off the floor and transfer your weight into your left foot.
  2. Cross your right thigh over your left thigh as high up the high as you can.
  3. Hook your right foot around your left calf.
  4. Bring both arms out in front of you and parallel to the floor.
  5. Bend your arms and cross your left arm over the right, hooking at the elbows.
  6. Draw your forearms together and wrap your right palm around your left palm, crossing at the wrists.
  7. Lift the elbows to the height of your shoulders while keeping the shoulders sliding down away from your ears.
  8. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.
  9. Repeat on the otherside.

Muscles Worked

  • Legs
  • Glutes
  • Adductors
  • Shoulders

EZ Bar Curl

EZ bar curls are simply bicep curls performed with an EZ bar.

Some people use them as a wrist-friendly alternative to barbell curls.

How To

  1. Start by standing straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your toes pointing forward. Hold the EZ bar with an underhand grip, with your hands shoulder-width apart.
  2. Keep your elbows close to your body, and ensure that your upper arms are stationary throughout the exercise.
  3. Slowly lift the EZ bar towards your chest by bending your elbows, making sure to keep your wrists straight.
  4. Continue lifting the bar until your biceps are fully contracted, and the bar is close to your chest.
  5. Pause for a second, and then slowly lower the EZ bar back to the starting position, straightening your arms fully.
  6. Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions.
  7. Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise and avoid using momentum to lift the EZ bar.
  8. If you are new to this exercise, start with a light weight and gradually increase the weight as you get more comfortable with the movement.

Muscles Worked

  • Biceps
  • Forearms

Elevated Plank

Bored of regular planks?

Then why not give elevated planks a try!

These are a challenging alternative to the usual exercise.

How To

  1. Start by placing your forearms on the ground, with your elbows directly under your shoulders.
  2. Step your feet back behind you, so that your body is in a straight line from your head to your heels.
  3. Place your feet on an elevated surface, such as a bench or step, so that your toes are elevated above the level of your body.
  4. Engage your core and glutes to keep your body in a straight line, and hold the position for 30-60 seconds. (Or as long as you can maintain proper form.)
  5. Lower your feet back down to the ground and rest for a minute or so before repeating the exercise for 2-3 sets.

Muscles Worked

  • Abdominals
  • Glutes

Elbow Roll Outs

Elbow rollouts are a challenging core exercise that require a lot of stability and control.

How To

  1. Start by placing your forearms on a fitness ball, with your elbows directly under your shoulders and your hands clasped together.
  2. Extend your legs behind you, and come up onto your toes so that your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your heels.
  3. Engage your core muscles, and keep your hips level as you begin to roll the ball forward by straightening your arms.
  4. Only roll the ball forward as far as you can while maintaining proper form and control. Don’t allow your hips to sag or your back to arch.
  5. Pause for a moment when you have extended as far as possible, and then use your abs to pull the ball back towards your body, returning to the starting position.
  6. Repeat this movement for the desired number of repetitions.

Muscles Worked

  • Abdominals

Elevated Squats

Elevated squats are a variation of the traditional squat that can help target your quads, glutes, and calves.

How To

  1. Find an elevated surface, such as a weight plate or a small platform, and place it under your heels. The platform should be about 1-2 inches high.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forward, and your weight evenly distributed across both feet.
  3. Hold a weight, such as a barbell, across your upper back or hold two dumbbells at your sides.
  4. Brace your core and keep your back straight as you bend your knees and lower your body down, as if you were sitting back into a chair.
  5. Lower your body as far as you can, while keeping your weight on your heels and maintaining good form.
  6. Pause for a moment, then slowly rise back up to the starting position, keeping your core engaged and your back straight.
  7. Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions.

Muscles Worked

  • Abdominals
  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • Calves
  • Hamstrings

Explosive Push-Up

Explosive push-ups are an advanced variation of the traditional push-up that can help improve your explosive power and upper body strength.

How To

  1. Begin in a plank position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Lower your body down towards the ground by bending your elbows, keeping your back straight and your core engaged.
  3. Push your body up explosively with enough force to lift your hands off the ground, and clap your hands together in mid-air.
  4. Land softly on your hands and immediately lower your body back down towards the ground.
  5. Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions.

Muscles Worked

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Triceps

Eccentric Calf Raise

The eccentric calf raise is a great alternative to regular calf raises and can help you develop explosive calf strength.

How To

  1. Stand on a raised surface such as a step or curb with your toes on the edge and your heels hanging off the edge.
  2. Slowly lift both heels up so that you’re standing on the balls of your feet.
  3. Shift your weight onto one foot and slowly lower the heel of that foot down below the level of the step or curb.
  4. Use both feet to push yourself back up to the starting position.
  5. Repeat the process, but this time shift your weight onto your other foot and lower that heel down slowly.
  6. Keep alternating between feet, performing 8-12 repetitions on each foot.

Muscles Worked

  • Calves

Elevated Heel Touch

The elevated heel touch is an epic exercise for building a rock-solid core.

How To

  1. Start by lying flat on your back on an exercise mat or floor.
  2. Elevate your feet so that your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and your shins are parallel to the floor.
  3. Place your hands at your sides, with your palms facing down.
  4. Lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the ground, keeping your abs engaged throughout the movement.
  5. Reach your left hand towards your left heel and your right hand towards your right heel.
  6. Return back to the starting position and repeat for 8-12 reps.

Muscles Worked

  • Abdominals

External Rotator Cuff

The external rotator cuff allows you to externally rotate your arm in the shoulder socket.

While there are a few exercises to train it, my favourite is outline below.

How To

  1. Begin by lying on your side on an exercise mat or floor, with your legs bent at a 90-degree angle and your feet stacked on top of each other.
  2. Rest your head on your bottom arm, which should be extended out straight in front of you.
  3. Hold a light dumbbell or resistance band in your top hand, with your elbow bent at a 90-degree angle and your upper arm resting against your side.
  4. Slowly rotate your upper arm outward, keeping your elbow bent and your forearm perpendicular to the floor. Your hand should move away from your body as you rotate.
  5. Hold the position for a second, then slowly rotate your arm back inward to the starting position.
  6. Repeat the movement for 8-12 reps, then switch sides and repeat with your other arm.

Muscles Worked

  • Infraspinatus

Elevated Glute Bridge

The elevated glute bridge is awesome for those wanting to build that peachy booty.

How To

  1. Start by lying on your back on an exercise mat or floor, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.
  2. Place your heels on a bench, step, or box, with your toes pointing straight up towards the ceiling.
  3. Place your arms at your sides, with your palms facing down.
  4. Engage your glutes and lift your hips up towards the ceiling, squeezing your glutes at the top of the movement.
  5. Hold the position for a second, then slowly lower your hips back down to the ground.
  6. Repeat the movement for 8-12 reps.

Muscles Worked

  • Glutes

Elevated Triceps Push-Up

If you’re wanting build serious triceps, then you ought to include elevated triceps push-ups in your workouts.

How To

  1. Start in a push-up position with your hands shoulder-width apart and your feet elevated on a flat bench.
  2. Position your hands so that your fingers are facing forward and your elbows are close to your body.
  3. Lower your body down towards the floor by bending your elbows, keeping them close to your body. Your chest should be hovering just above the floor at the bottom part of the movement.
  4. Hold this position for a few seconds and then push back up to the starting position, keeping your arms straight and your body in a straight line.
  5. Repeat for 10-12 reps.

Muscles Worked

  • Triceps
  • Pectorals
  • Abdominals
  • Front deltoids


Whether it’s an eccentric or elevated variation of an exercise, or even a type of yoga pose, there are plenty of awesome exercises that start with e to choose from.

My favorites on this list are EZ bar curls, eagle pose, and elevated triceps push-up.

But what are yours? Please share them in the comments below!

That’s all for this article, but perhaps you’re interested in exercises that start with N? Or what about exercises starting with A?

Hope this helped!