Many think they don’t have time to exercise…well I’m here to say THINK AGAIN! With minimal resources there is always a way. Recently I did a “Fitness Fast” workshop featuring resistance tubing, TRX, and dumbbells. I love all three of these fitness tools for a few reason. One, they are convenient. Two, they are easy to use. And three, they are great for functional training.
Here is a brief overview of all three with a sample circuit with each. Perform any of the circuits for a quick 10-15 minute workout or perform all three for a longer, more challenging workout.
TRAINING TOOLS FOR FITNESS FAST
Resistance Tubing: is a simple and effective way to get a complete workout and comes with many benefits. It’s portable and can be taken anywhere, whether you’re traveling, looking for an alternative to the gym or just want to add another element to your training. In addition to the convenience, resistance tubing can also create some unique training challenges as well. Tubing adds a progressive increase in resistance, it can be used at different speeds, and provides a horizontal load similar to the cable cross over machines you see at the gym. Simply hook one to a solid anchor point and now you can perform rowing, pressing, rotations and leg movements. Great for training variety and preparing for recreational activities year round!
Sample Resistance Tubing Circuit: 1-3 sets x 1 minute each
- Squat Row
- Rotational Chest Press
- Resisted Lunge
- Torso Rotations
TRX Suspension Trainer: is a body weight training tool made from suspension straps. Attach the TRX to an overhead anchor point or door attachment and adjust the angle of your body to make exercises easier or more challenging. This training tool also creates more demand on the core muscles and helps increase joint stability because the straps need to be controlled by the body. You can easily perform hundreds of exercises using the TRX!
Sample TRX Circuit: 1-3 sets x 1 minute each
- Single Leg Lunge
- Pull ups
- Ice Skaters
Dumbbell Training: is one of the oldest yet most effective training tools around. Dumbbells allow for every movement essential for human function and can be used virtually anywhere. With a single pair of dumbbells, you can easily perform a total body circuit that will get your heart pumping and muscles burning. Dumbbells are a great accessory to add to your home gym.
Sample Dumbbell Circuit: 1-3 sets x 1 minute each
- Lunge to Bicep Curl & Press
- Plank/Dumbbell Row Combo
- Squat to Dumbbell Upper Cut
- Standing Dumbbell Paddle