The Most Underrated Workout Equipment in the Gym, According to a Personal Trainer
So, you're stuck in a gym routine rut: treadmill, Stairmaster, planks, repeat.
The moment you start feeling bored in your workout ways is the perfect time to explore what untapped resources the gym has to offer — which is where Kaitlyn Gannon, NSCA-certified personal trainer and owner of Dallas Iron Fitness, might be of service to you.
The expert is spicing up our gym lives by letting us in on her favorite underrated equipment and her preferred exercise for each.
Gannon is a fan of kettlebells because they offer a plethora of technical benefits while engaging a wide range of muscle groups — it's an efficient tool for many exercises, from cardio to strength training.
"A quick [session] using kettlebells can take your workout to the next level," Gannon says.
Single Arm Swings
"People tend to think of resistance bands for rehabilitation purposes only, which is a huge misconception as bands are great to use as part of a warmup for any major muscle group," Gannon encourages.
Resistance bands can be used to engage the muscle groups in both the eccentric phase ( lengthening the muscle) and concentric phase (shortening the muscle), too.
Power Single Arm Press
If you can locate a Bosu ball at your gym, Gannon recommends using it to increase your heart rate during a circuit workout or to help with balance. If you are interested in boosting the intensity of a specific exercise, the unstable surface can do that for you, too.