What’s new in fitness, you ask. Mostly the same old, same old. Ballet type classes are pretty hot, but not as hot as they were expected to be, in my humble opinion. One thing that remains trendy is anything that creates instability. From balls to balance boards, fitness experts seem to agree that anything that creates instability provides a better full-body workout.
Now, all the way from Norway, we have a device called Redcord, which can easily be installed in your home with just a few screws. Installing straps which are suspended from your ceiling allows you to do everything from push-ups to squats. Maintaining balance while hanging from the straps forces the user to engage most all of the muscles of the body. From $155 dollars, the device looks like this:
Once attached to the ceiling, along with push-ups and squats, one can also do dips, flies, pull-ups, crunches, pike position and much more. To better visualize how you would use these, here’s another picture of someone in action.
Though I am NOT rushing out to buy one of these, I think they would be great for athletes and can imagine all the Pilates based exercises that can be done at a fraction of the cost of Pilates machines. I can certainly see these in a small personal training studio. Not sure I’ll have a chance to try them in the near future, but I know from Pilates work how challenging and beneficial the straps can be.
New straps to get you ripped. That’s what’s new in the fitness arena. Personally, I will stick with same old same old, for now. This summer I am just LOVING swimming and that’s about as old as old can be.
Old, new…just do it!