If you are tired of the same old routine you are doing in the gym, here are 3 simple classification of exercises you should begin incorporating.
Instead of sitting on the machine when you are doing strength training, consider doing standing exercises. Let’s face it, we sit all day long (in the car, at the office, watching television), but standing exercises are important because the engage the core, stretch the hip flexors, and engage the glute muscles (if you do them correctly). Some examples of standing exercises can include:
One Leg Exercises
Instead of standing on 2 legs, simply modify it to stand on one leg.This incorporates an increased recruitment of core and hip muscles. Your heart rate will increase more and you will get a better workout than using 2 legs. It’s a simple way to make an exercise just slightly harder while also improving your balance!
Stork Stance Exercises
Admittedly, you don’t see many people doing this type of exercise. So why is it a good idea to do it? Simply because it engages the hips so much more than a single leg exercise. The position you stand in (when done properly, with the hips level) activitates some of the deeper hip stabilizers, and also engages the core very well.
Stork Stance Squat
Stork Stance Row
I hope this gives you some ideas on simple ways to make your exercises harder. The beauty of these adjustments is that there isn’t something dramatically new that you have to learn, yet it makes you get more out of the exercises you already know. Give them a try and let me know if you have any questions.