Tired of the treadmill? Dreading your next elliptical session? If you’ve hit a workout wall, it may be time to consider mixing things up a bit. These uncommon exercises will help you switch things up when your next workout session rolls around. Just as effective as your go-to routines, these unusual moves will help you work muscles you may be forgetting about. Ready to think a little bit outside of your workout box? Here are eight must-try moves.
1. Suspension Trainers
The next time you’re at the gym, look around. Do you see those things that look like belts hanging down from a pole? It’s typically an underused item at the gym – most likely because it looks so innocent – but don’t be fooled by its harmless appearance. Women’s Health writes that the belt lets you control its resistance by adjusting your body position – these belts are often used in TRX and require you to swing in them. Suspension trainers enable you to get a fast and effective, total-body workout in a short amount of time.
2. Figure Eights
You’ll often see figure eights incorporated into belly and Latin dancing. It’s a great move aimed at your internal and external obliques, which will put you on the fast track to a six pack. To do it, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees bent. Move your hips in a sideways “eight” motion. Start with the right, bring your hips up, around and center, and then take your left hip up, around and center. Fitbie recommends putting on your favorite song and doing this move for the entire length of the track. It’ll work your abs and obliques at the same time, making it a perfect move to tone your waist.