Are you completely bored with your workout? Or, maybe you are looking to try something new at the gym? Sometimes doing the same workout, on the same equipment, day in and day out leads to the workout “blahs.”

 So, how do you keep fitness fresh and interesting? More importantly, how do you keep it fun? Luckily, there are many simple, new tools that can keep you challenged and engaged. These tools often garner better results than the old, tired Nautilus equipment.

 I am going to share three of the best tools at the gym that you’re not using, but should be.

 BOSU BALL: The BOSU ball is a training device invented in 1999 by David Weck. BOSU stands for “both sides up,” referring to the fact that you can use both sides of the BOSU ball for training purposes. I tend to use the BOSU ball for all basic weight-lifting exercises like bicep curls and triceps extensions. The added benefit of using a BOSU with regular exercise is that it adds a great level of instability that is excellent for your core!  I am all for efficiency and getting the most out of the time I spend at the gym, and any exercise that includes a “core component” gives you more bang for your buck. There is no end to the variety of exercises that you can perform with the BOSU ball (i.e. agility training, balance, strength work, and rehabilitation of injuries).

 Where Do I Get This Gem? BUY BOSU BALL

How Do I Use This Thing?  VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2 

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RESISTANCE BANDS: You can travel anywhere, and never miss a workout with these little babies. Resistance bands come in different tensile strengths, indicated by color, and they are possibly the most versatile piece of training equipment I have ever encountered. In addition, you can perform upper and lower body exercises with them. The resistance created from both directions (during any exercise) can create explosive results.

Where Do I Get This Gem? BUY RESISTANCE BANDS

How Do I Use This Thing? VIDEO

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 AB STRAPS: I saved my favorite tool for last. These “little miracle workers” provide suspension training (more intense) for all of the different areas of your abdominal muscles. Six pack on your list? This tool is one of the fastest ways to accomplish your fitness goals.

Where Do I Get This Gem? BUY AB STRAPS

How Do I Use This Thing? VIDEO

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 It is fantastic that newer tools are constantly becoming available to meet the needs of the big kid inside of all of us. Have fun out there!

QUICK LINKS TO PURCHASE: BOSU BALL, Resistance Bands, AB Straps

first-steps-logo-RGBIs it time to try something new in your workout? This week, incorporating something you have never tried before. Ask a trainer, or expert to help you if you are not sure what to do. The challenge on your body is going to give you greater results! 

 I would love to hear about your favorite “secret” piece of equipment at the gym. Please leave comments below.