The Kinesis One is an interesting exercise machine to gaze upon. Many people see this machine and walk away from it because they just are not sure what it does. However, this piece of exercise equipment is ideal for beginners and is easy to use with the proper guidance.
What does the Kinesis One do?
The Kinesis One is an exercise machine for resistance. It has all the exercises you need, in one machine. This single, standalone station has two weight stacks, with an unlimited number of exercises. This allows you to perform them through your natural range of motion, unlike other machines where your motion is directed.
Sometimes, this directed motion can actually cause injuries. Everyone's body is different, including their ranges of motion. With a Kinesis One, your body is free to move in the way it should, building strength safely.
With the Kinesis One, you have a number of zero-impact exercises available to you, so it is useable for everyone, no matter your level of fitness or your current abilities. You can use it on your own, or have your personal trainer design a program just for you.
The exercises you can complete on this machine include those for balance, flexibility and strength.
What are the benefits of the Kinesis One?
Where can I use a Kinesis One?
The Kinesis One will truly make your workout more enjoyable, as your range of motion is much more free and natural. There are no restrictions. If you live in Amarillo, Texas, you can find a Kinesis One at the Downtown Athletic Club. It is the only place in Amarillo that has one.
If you are interested in using this machine, contact Ralph Roberts. He is a certified personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club. In addition to showing you how to use the Kinesis One, he can design a fitness program just for you, improving your strength, balance and flexibility. Contact Ralph today to learn more about his training services.
A BOSU Ball is fitness device that looks like a stability ball cut in half. The flat side is a rigid platform. The other side is an inflated half-sphere that feels and reacts much like a ball, except for the rolling and bouncing parts. BOSU stands for "both sides up". This fitness device offers workouts using both the flat rigid platform and the unstable ball bottom.
How Does A Bosu Ball Improve Balance?
The BOSU is a great device to improve balance. The person stands on the rigid platform with the inflated portion on the ground. This forces the person's body to work to remain in balance. It engages the leg, back, and abdominal muscles as the body shifts around.
Once you have a certain stability built up, you can change things up to give yourself a challenge:
What Are Some Strength-Building Exercises for a Bosu Ball?
When you flip the BOSU over with the rigid side down and the inflated side up, you have a great platform for doing strength training on an unstable surface.
Where Can I Learn More About Bosu Ball Exercises?
If you want to learn how to use the BOSU ball and build up your strength and balance, work with a certified personal trainer, like Ralph Roberts. Contact Ralph today to schedule a personal training session where he can customize a workout just for you. Be sure to check out my instructional video below on how to use a Bosu ball!
The medicine ball is an incredibly versatile piece of exercise equipment that can give you a full body workout. You can use it to tone and strengthen every area of your body. Most gyms now have a good selection of medicine balls. They come in all different weights and sizes. Some even have handles for a better grip and an even wider range of exercises.
How Do I Use a Medicine Ball?
Unlike dumbbells, medicine balls are meant to be thrown; hey won’t get damaged if you drop them. Throwing a medicine ball will help develop explosive power in your arms and upper body. The medicine ball can be used to develop each part of your body.
Upper Body: There are a number of quick and easy exercises that you can do with a medicine ball that will strengthen your arms and shoulders.
One of the best is to hold the ball straight out in front to you with both hands, one on top of the ball and the other on the bottom. Move the ball as far to your left side as you can without twisting your body. Return to center and then move the ball to your right side. Do as many reps as feels comfortable. This is also a great warm up exercise.
Using the medicine ball for pushups is also a good exercise for the chest. Simply place the ball on the floor and put both hands on it. Perform a pushup as usual. The instability of the ball will help develop your muscles.
Lower Body: Adding a medicine ball to your lunges will help develop your glutes and quads. Simply hold the medicine ball close to your chest with both hands. Perform your lunges as usual. Make sure you do them slowly so you can really feel the stretch.
The medicine ball jump is another good exercise. Hold the medicine ball in both hands and then jump. You can either jump in the air as high as you can or jump onto a solid object like a jump box.
Your Core: As stated before, medicine balls are made to be thrown and one of the best core exercises let you slam it into the floor. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bring the medicine ball up over your head with both hands. Once it is above your head, slam it down on the floor as hard as you can. Just be careful that the ball doesn’t bounce back and hit you.
You can also use a medicine ball and exercise ball together. Lifting the medicine ball while stabilizing yourself on an exercise ball is a great core workout.
If you are looking for a certified personal trainer to help you with your workouts, contact me, Ralph Roberts and set up a training session. I can tailor an exercise regimen just for you.
Exercise, or resistance, bands have been around for decades in the fitness world. They offer an easy way to do strength training without the need to access hand weights or weight machines. Many people add them into their everyday routine for a bit of challenge or a change of pace. They are great options for people who travel and want to take a workout with them on the road.
Fitness bands act much like rubber bands. They offer resistance when you try to stretch them out. This resistance offers your muscles a workout when used during exercise.
What Kind of Exercises Can I Do With Exercise Bands?
You can easily do dozens of exercises with these resistance bands. Here are a few to get you started. Go for about 10 reps on each:
Exercise bands are great for working out just about every part of your body. If you want to learn how to use them effectively, you can get help from a certified personal trainer. The trainer can help you learn to use the bands properly and teach you a variety of moves to help you get fit.
For help getting an exercise band routine going, get in touch with me, Ralph Roberts. I am a personal trainer at the Amarillo Downtown Athletic Club with several years of experience. Contact me today to schedule a personal training session.
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One of the common questions trainers hear is, "Why do we have to do so many squats?" Squats are one of those exercises that a personal trainer is going to add to a client's exercise routines. The trainer is going to start the client at at doing just a few reps but will insist on adding more and more. If you are out of shape, expect to do squats until your legs burn. That is what prompts clients to ask the question. So, what is the answer?
Why are squats so popular with trainers and athletes?
Squats are one of those exercises that challenge multiple parts of the body all at one time. First off, they target the core. Your core is the basic building block of your body. Without a strong core, your body will not support your weight properly. Squats also target the muscles of the legs, hips, and glutes. As you build the muscles in your legs and core, you are going to start burning more calories. So, doing squats actually promotes fat burn in the short and the long-term.
How do you do squats properly?
One of the bad raps that squats have received is that they are bad for the knees. The reality is that doing a squat properly will actually strengthen the knees. So how do you do squats in a way that will keep your knees healthy and give your entire body a good workout?
If you are ready to get fit, you need to set an appointment with me, Ralph Roberts. I am a certified personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, Texas. Not only can I show you how to do squats properly, but I can also help you set personal fitness goals and develop the skills to get there. Set up an appointment with me today to get in shape and further your health.
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