Recently I’ve been branching out in my fitness workouts. I’m trying to find things that are extremely challenging to me. The harder the exercise is when I start the more apt I am to stick with it without getting bored. I get in the MUST conquer phase.
Annmarie is always posting photos of her Lebert Equalizer Pink bars and I knew there was a set at my gym I needed to start working with. And HOLY CRAP they kicked my butt. Well really they kick my arms.
I think it took me two weeks to just be able to do dips with the bars. This is crazy progress people!
My arms burn just looking at this picture. I had no idea the strength I’m lacking in the dip department.
Since I was very new to these bars, it took me a while to get comfortable with them. Trying to stabilize on them and figure out where to put my hands.
I’ve checked out a few different videos and pinterest posts trying to get idea of how to use them. What I quickly learned was I’m a beginner. Some of the movements were just FAR beyond my strength at this point. So I’ve been sticking to very basic movement and trying to up the number of reps or time I can hold each move. Here’s a quick workout I’ve been doing over the past few weeks.
Explanation of the movements:
1. First up a static hang. Basically I’m just holding myself up in this position for as long as I can. These might start slow by try to add a few seconds each day to the hold.
2. Pull Ups with one Bar. Again start slow. When I first started this move I simply held it as long as I could before I was strong enough to lower and lift my upper body.
3. Push Ups on the bar. I’ve been using these to work my chest to get stronger for my dips. Shoot for 10-15 reps.
4. Static Hold with Leg Lifts. I need some core work and like that this movement combines two muscle groups in one movement. It’s a great combination move. Again here shoot for 10-15 reps.
I repeat this group of exercises through for 4-5 rounds. My arms usually are crying once I’m through. I like the challenge though. It’s a very beginner workout and I’m hoping as my strength increases I’ll be able to add in some of the more complex moves I’ve come across online.
If you are looking for other ideas check out Jen’s great Equalizer workout as well.
The one thing I love about fitness is NO matter how in good shape we THINK we are, changing something up and can put us right back in beginner mode. Practice makes perfect and stronger bodies.
Question of the Day: Do you use Equalizer Bars? Can you do dips? Any tips for beginner?