You are on your way to less intimidation and more exciting workouts when you learn about the following pieces of gym equipment.
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click Here to Find Me on Facebook
Let’s set the scene: You finally gained the courage to join a gym. Congratulations, you did it! You decide today is the day you are going to use your new membership for the first time. You’re nervous, but so excited for what’s about to come. So, you walk into the gym and hand the smiling front desk person your shiny new scan tag. They say, “Have a good work out!” You think to yourself, “I sure will!” and you head toward the heart of the gym where all the equipment is waiting for you.
There is only one problem…
You look around and your stomach drops. You have NO IDEA what half of the crazy stuff in the gym is or what it does! You continue looking, only to see people tossing things at walls and other people leaping and jumping on and off of stuff. What happened to just good, old-fashioned, dumbbells? You can’t take the confusion and stress anymore so you do one of two things: You bolt out of the gym doors faster than you came in, or you go to the treadmill and spend the time you would have been working out just doing what is familiar and comfortable.
Did that scenario sound familiar? If it did, it is alright! You are one of millions who are overwhelmed by today’s gym equipment. But with a little guidance, I think you will find that you like some of the “crazy new stuff”. Take a look below to learn about some of this new modern day gym equipment!
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1. Battle Ropes
Don’t pay any attention to the guy who is grunting, thrusting and screaming while heaving the ropes in all directions. Let him do his own thing. There are so many great options for exercising with battle ropes! And they are already heavy, so the weight is provided for you without the worry of loading and unloading weighted plates. The ropes are great for doing cardio exercises, shoulder work and core exercises!
Example Exercise: Rope Shoulder Circles
Target Areas: Shoulders
• With one rope in each hand, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees relaxed. Bring power up from your legs and raise your arms up in the air and then in a backward circle motion. To make the ropes lighter feeling, take a few steps forward so that there is more slack in the rope. To make it more challenging, keep the ropes straight without any slack.
2. TRX Suspension System
These kind of look like they belong in a gym designed for gymnasts or acrobats. That’s why they are so much fun! The TRX straps are great because they can be used in countless ways for a variety of exercises. Shaping, toning and strengthening are just some of the positives the TRX has to offer. Another great thing about the TRX is it uses YOUR body weight for the resistance during exercises. The straps are adjustable so they can be slid left and right or higher and lower-just depending on what you need!
Example Exercise: TRX Suspended Lunge
Target Areas: Quads, glutes, calves and hamstrings
• Lower one strap to where it is about at the height of your knee from the floor. Set one foot in the strap, with the top of your foot face down. You should be standing flat on your other foot and facing away from the TRX system. With your hands at your side or on your chest, bend your “standing” leg as your suspended leg stretches out behind you. Take this move slow and steady!
3. Bosu Ball
These half-moon/dome looking things look like they should be on a playground for kids to bounce all around on, but they are for adults to do that instead! The Bosu ball has a flat surface and a squishy, rounded surface. Both sides can be used for so many things like balance, core and stability training, interval training assistance and much more!
Exercise Example: Bosu Plank
Target Areas: Core
• Begin by putting the Bosu ball with the flat surface facing upward. Get down onto the ground and put one hand on each outside curve (left and right sides) of the Bosu. Step your feet back to where you are on your toes and your stance is about shoulder width apart. Have your hips squared off to the floor and in a neutral (not spiked) position. Also make sure your hands are aligned under your shoulders. Hold this position for as long as you can.
*Check back in to read about the other 3 pieces of gym equipment that are actually fun to use and not anywhere near as intimidating as they might look!
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