Now that we're almost two weeks into our plank challenge, you've probably figured out that some kinds of planks feel harder than others. Tiny changes in your body's position can make a big difference.
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"I CAN GIVE YOU MASSIVE ARMS, BROAD SHOULDERS, AND A GIANT SIZED CHEST IN JUST FOUR WEEKS," the Body-Tone pamphlet promises. It is the "World's Fastest Strength and Muscle Building System". It cost $20 in the late 1950s, but today the program is available for free in the Stark Center Archives. I am ready to begin.
If working out is an important part of your routine, frequent travel is likely to blow it into smithereens. You're thrust into unfamiliar places, lack amenities and resources, and often have little control over your schedule. But you don't have to give up on fitness completely. Here are some helpful tips, my fellow fitness enthusiast.
Working out with your partner isn't always easy, especially if you're at different levels of fitness or what you want to focus on isn't the same. These are both reasons why I don't usually work out with my boyfriend, but this weekend we gave a bodyweight couples workout a try and it was really successful!
Parallettes, sometimes also called push-up bars, are a compact version of parallel bars that you can use for more advanced upper body, gymnastic-like exercises in the comfort of your home. Here are some DIY options for parallettes that fit a different range of budgets.
Suspension trainers are like a gym that you can take anywhere. TRX, the current popular darling, is used in homes and boot camps for bodyweight workouts, but the monkii bars 2 gives it a run for its money in both aesthetics and features. Both add a ton more variety to your workouts and let you work out anywhere, but let's see how they stack up in the categories that count.
Push-ups, like vanilla flavours, are reliable, but when you want something different but just as good dips are your answer. Dips also work out your chest, shoulders and triceps, but focus on slightly different parts of those muscles. Combine that with push-ups and you will build awesome chest and "pushing" strength.
Video: Suspension trainers give you the flexibility to do a solid bodyweight workout wherever you want: At home, at the park or under a tree. The entire thing is just a set of straps with handles that you can attach to a door, a tree or a pull-up bar. For about $US10 ($13) and a bit of your time, you can make your own suspension trainers at home.
When I travel, being able to strength train is my second priority (the first is having good internet), but I can't always count on finding a gym. So I've come to depend on my suspension trainers and MacGyver-like sensibilities for my strength-focused bodyweight workouts, no matter where I am. You can do the same.