Demystifying Gym Equipment
Ladders and hurdles and bands, oh my! If you’ve ever wondered how to incorporate new equipment into your routine, read on. We’ve taken intimidation out of the equation.
“Simply adding in new activation drills for 5–10 minutes could take your workout to the next level.” — Kyle Robertson, Personal Training Coordinator
Good for: Warm up, muscle activation
To try: Glute Bridge, Squat, Kickbacks
Traditional Resistance Bands
Good for: Warm up, upper body activation
To try: Crossover Symmetry Drills
Good for: Core strength, balance, coordination
Good for: Warm up, improving range of motion, decreasing muscle soreness
To try: Calves, Back, Quads
Good for: Strengthening joints/ligaments/tendons; speed, coordination, and agility (duh)
Good for: Core strength, balance
To try: Everything and anything (here’s a full library of hundreds of Bosu exercises)
Good for: Form, speed, coordination, and agility
To try: 2-Step, Hop, Side Step
Good for: Increasing heart rate, balance, coordination
Keep in mind that everyone is different, and what works for someone else might not work for you. Listen to your body and consider working with a personal trainer at The Rec for personalized instruction.
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Anna B.
Fitness information from Kyle Robertson, Personal Training Coordinator