Exercises

Top 5 Alternative Exercises For 2019

It happens every year.

January arrives and everyone’s got one thing on their mind: getting fit.

But as the weeks go on and your enthusiasm for running wears thin, it’s more than likely that you see your training starting to slip.

And if this sounds like you, don’t worry.

It’s completely normal to feel that fitness frustration come the end of January. Especially if you’re putting your all into a type of exercise that simply isn’t for you.

And if you don’t have the motivation to stick to your training, it’s inevitable you’ll give up.

To help you stay on it and reach your goals, we’ve picked out our favourite alternative exercises. It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to exercise or are just looking for a challenge to take your fitness to the next level, there’s something for everyone.

And once you start enjoying your training again, you’re much more likely to stick with it!

Top alternative ways to train

1) The Landmine

This is a fantastic bit of home gym equipment. Not only can you get a full-body work out using a Landmine, but it doesn’t take up much room either – making them ideal for small garage gyms.

Get the exercises right and you’ll be able to cover both strength and cardio in one go.

Use them to squat, press, chop, raise and row and up the weight as and when you need.

To get started, you will need:

You can also get a range of Landmine Handles to attach to your bar which will allow you to vary your workouts as well as get much more out of them.

orange powder coated landmine accessory in use with an olympic barbell

2) Boxing

You don’t realise just how intense boxing is until you do it. The combination of speed and power is the most tiring thing you’ll do. And it’s also a fantastic remedy to a stressful day at the office.

You don’t need much to get started – just a Punch Bag and a Speed Rope – and you’ll get one of the best workouts of your life.

You can get boxing gloves, but unless you’re sparring, they’re a bit overkill. Just grab some wraps or you can use your Weightlifting Gloves to protect your knuckles when you punch.

Don’t worry if you’ve never boxed before, this is all about the fitness. Punch the bag as fast as you can, and time yourself as if you were doing a HIIT workout. Try a minute on and 20 seconds off, and alternate between skipping and boxing. If you last more than half an hour, trust us, you’re doing well.

young healthy man using a free standing punch bag to do boxing

3) Hula hooping

It’s most likely the last time you hula hooped – if at all – was years ago in the playground. Fitness Hula Hoops however, are different.

For a start, they’re adult-sized and also weighted, so they give you a much more intense workout.

They’re great for your core and you can set yourself time challenges to see how long you can keep going for.

Ideal for home workouts, they split up into six or eight small pieces so you can hide them away again when you’re done.

They’re also great for helping to loosen up your hips and work your lower back which can be a tricky area to target.

young healthy man using a hula hoop to workout

4) Parallel dip bars

Looking for a new challenge? Parallel Dips Bars are some of the best and most challenging types of gym equipment around. Not typically seen at your local gym, they’re something a bit different and are ideal for having at home to supplement your training.

Use them to dip, knee raise, L-sit, planche press up and handstand (depending on how advanced you are).

And if you’re not quite there yet, you can still use them and work your way up. Grab some Resistance Bands to help take your bodyweight as you build strength. You can also use them while lying on the floor to pull yourself up, which will work your core and your biceps.

young man using parallel dip bars to workout in a gym

5) Plyo Jump Boxes

The range of exercises you can get out of a single Plyo Jump Box is phenomenal. And they are a real challenge no matter your ability.

Use them to build strength and power in both your upper and lower body. They’re great for incline and decline work as well as plyometrics. And they engage you mentally as well which is ideal if you’re someone who tends to get bored easily.

Burn fat and build muscle – all at the same time. Plus, you can keep them at home, making them a convenient choice for anyone short on time.

young healthy man using stackable plyo jump boxes to workout in a gym

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