Blog posts with tag: accessories

Get a full workout using a Bosu Ball

Get a full workout using a Bosu Ball

Don’t be fooled by the Bosu’s bright blue squishy dome-like exterior; it is not a children’s bouncy toy or a ginormous whoopee cushion! The Bosu is a multi-faceted, medium-sized piece of exercise equipment; incorporate it into your cardio warm-up, use it to spice up traditional weight exercises such as squats or lunges, or use it to breathe new life into your core routine.
How to exercise with resistance bands when you travel

How to exercise with resistance bands when you travel

  So far in this “How to use X” series I have covered everything from what a proper warm-up is, to how to use dumbbells, to how to use various pieces of cardio equipment! All great information — if you have access to gym equipment! The question becomes, what do you do when you travel?
How to Use a Foam Roller

How to Use a Foam Roller

I am sure you have seen the roller — a long, cylindrical foam tube. Now is the time for you to start using it! Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT just for injured runners and Pilates devotees. Everyone can — and should — use the roll! I use mine daily — both personally and professionally. It is incredibly versatile; use it to massage sore muscles, improve posture, challenge your balance and core, and even as part of a sleep routine.
Stability Ball Training 101

Stability Ball Training 101

Welcome to the fifth installment in my “How to use X” series of blogs. In each blog I highlight a different piece of equipment -- I outline the pros and cons, who might benefit, and how to best use it. The equipment of “the hour” is -- you guessed it -- the stability ball. My personal favourite aspect of the ball is that it helps me “find the joy,” lighten up, have some fun -- and giggle. Taking training too seriously (the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy, etc.) can be a deterrent.
4 Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

4 Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

I love using medicine balls. Well, really, I like playing with all fitness toys — variety is key when it comes to keeping a workout fun and challenging. Medicine balls are a particular favourite “toy” because they are extremely versatile — they can replace dumbbells, make traditional exercises more dynamic, allow for partner fun, and add a balance challenge.
Rediscover the stability ball!

Rediscover the stability ball!

Ten or so years ago the ball was all the rage - the new "it" fitness toy. Now it is more of a fitness staple; a toy people expect gyms to have, but aren't that excited to actually use. Recently I have rekindled my relationship with the ball. You could say I have had a stability ball renaissance; a ballaissance! The ball is effective, inexpensive and fun fitness tool - what is not to love? If your not using it I highly suggest you try it. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas.