If you hit the gym to increase your athletic performance or endurance, and you want to keep your workout fresh, try these easy steps to shake it up.
Already doing push-ups?
Try staggered-hand-stance push-ups. This push-up places more emphasis on the front head of your shoulder and requires more stability from each arm. Start in push-up position, placing one hand 6 to 8 inches in front of your normal stance and the other hand 6 to 8 inches behind. Switch hand position after a set. For an even more advanced move, put your feet on an incline.
Already using a chest press?
Try doing the standing cable chest press. Without the help of a machine, your body has to work harder to press at a controlled speed, and your legs and core are more engaged along the way. Set both arms on a cable machine at about chest height or slightly above chest height. Stand with your back to the machine with one handle in each hand, palms facing downward. Elbows should be bent, feet should be staggered. Press both hands forward until your fists meet in front of you. Don’t lock your elbows at the end of the movement. Return slowly and repeat.
Already doing hamstring curls?
Using a stability ball engages your glutes and lower back along with your hamstrings. Lie on the floor with your arms at your sides and your ankles propped up on a stability ball. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line. Keep your body straight and pull the ball toward your butt with your legs, pause briefly while your knees are bent, and slowly roll the ball back out to full extension.