Saturday, September 11, 2010

Making Use of Fitness Equipment For a Challenge

If your goal is to get fit, there are a number of pieces of fitness equipment that you can use to better reach your goals. This equipment can provide the boost you need to take your workouts to the next level.

The stability ball is one such piece of equipment. Also called an exercise ball, swiss ball, body ball, and a number of other things; the stability ball can challenge you by creating an unstable surface. You can use the ball as a bench or a seat. You can lie on it, sit on it, or brace your arms on it. Just about any exercise you can do with a bench or on the ground becomes even more difficult with a stability ball.

Balance boards are another great way to provide an unstable surface to exercise on. Any exercise that can be done in a standing position can be done using balance boards or a BOSU balance trainer. Balance boards challenge the stabilizer muscles of your feet, ankles, knees, and hips. They work muscles that do not get worked in the typical resistance workout.

Medicine balls are great for power and core exercises. If you have a partner, you can do medicine ball chest passes, overhead throws, and rotational throws to each other. This is a great way to make your workout more dynamic and provide you with a different type of challenge.

All of these above pieces of fitness equipment are great tools to add a new challenge to your workouts. While there are more, I feel that these are the best of the best.

So give them a try, take on the challenge and have some fun!

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