How Do I Use That Blue Half-Dome Thing?
|November 7, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Workouts|
I love incorporating different fitness equipment into my strength workouts beyond using just standard weights. I know a lot of people are intimidated by strange-looking equipment like the blue half-dome (a.k.a the BOSU balance trainer) or the TRX, but don’t be – they can infuse your workout with variety and help you bust through a fitness plateau. Here’s a list of some non-traditional fitness equipment often seen in gyms and some sample strength moves you can easily do using them. (Since I’m 39 weeks pregnant I have links to other websites with pictures of the moves instead of awkward pictures of me doing them – ha). Give them a try – you might find yourself making them a regular part of your routine!
BOSU Balance Trainer
BOSU stands for “BOth Sides Up.” The BOSU trainer adds an element of instability to your strength routine to increase your core strength and improve your balance. Great moves to perform using the BOSU are:
- BOSU push-up
- BOSU squats
- BOSU mountain climbers
TRX is a suspension training system that is found in many gyms and is a great piece of equipment to own if you want a versatile piece of equipment for your home and for travel. TRX uses your body weight as resistance and allows your to obtain a total body workout with an emphasis on your core. Here are some of my favorite TRX moves:
- Atomic push-up
- Single-leg squat
- Y Deltoid Fly
Kettlebells come in different weights – be sure to select a challenging weight to work with.
Stability balls come in three general sizes. 55″ is for individuals under 5’4″, 65″ is for individuals 5’4″ to 5’11″, and 75″ is for individuals taller than 5’11″.