You don't have to be flexible to do yoga, although it certainly helps for some poses. But there are plenty of moves you can do even if you have the world's tightest hamstrings.
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We've written about the benefits of adding kettlebells to your workouts and how the kettlebell swing exercise boosts your leg strength. Now the caveat: the kettlebell swing is hard to get right, with people making little mistakes that put them at risk of injury. Learn to avoid a world of hurt by knowing what not to do.
Resistance bands are great strength training tools for home or while you travel, but they may not be ideal for building muscle mass when compared to weights. This video explains all.
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.
In gym circles, debates over gear like weightlifting belts, gloves or shoes can get ugly. Either they're a crutch or you're a fool for not wearing them. But like belts, weightlifting shoes can help in some cases, but in others they're just for show. The key is figuring out your needs, and your goals.
Video: Remember when monkey bars were easier? Of course, you were probably a kid and way lighter. As an adult, monkey bars are still a fun way to build your upper body strength and endurance to ease you toward your first pull-up, or just feel like a strong-arse kid again.
You've heard that lifting weights is good for you and makes you stronger, more confident and generally more badarse. But maybe you're not sure what to do. That's OK, no one is perfect when they start. If you're just beginning, there's the perfect weight training program for you.
The basic crow pose is an advanced-beginner yoga pose that's a great stepping stone for teaching you to balance on your hands. And it's like the gateway balancing pose to the other badarse yoga moves, but it can also be really practical: You get to work on hip flexibility and improve your shoulder, chest and core strength.
If you've ever walked with heavy objects in each hand a certain distance and couldn't wait to drop them by the end, then you've done a farmer's walk (AKA a loaded carry). It's one of the most basic and practical exercises, yet it also improves grip, core and total body strength while working on your cardio, all at once.
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.