Know what really makes me want to go to the gym? New stuff.
Perhaps I’ve loaded some snappy new tunes onto my iPod – because really, the same tunes over and over? Um, hello snooze fest!
Or maybe I’ve attired myself in a deliciously cute new workout outfit. I don’t know about you, but feeling like I look supremely adorable in my new t-shirt always lifts my mood.
But then again, maybe I’ve got a new exercise to try out!
Nothing deflates my enthusiasm for the gym faster than the same old, same old. Any routine, no matter how spectacular it might at first seem, gets beyond boring at some point. Variety thwarts that problem. It’s also a great cure for plateaus.
So, in the name of spicing it up, I went on a search to find something new and effective to throw into the mix. And this is what I found:
Bicycle on the BOSU!
The bicycle is actually the number one most effective ab exercise – and that’s according to the researchers at San Diego State University. They examined 13 different ab moves and rated the bicycle the best. Now I have seen this, and even done this, on the floor. But adding in the BOSU? This is a new one for me.
This variation will challenge not just your abs, but your balance too. Talk about variety and multi-tasking all in one!
STEP 1: Lie on a Bosu ball facing upward; your lower and middle back should be centered on the ball. Slowly bring both knees to your chest. Position your hands behind your head, with your elbows pointed out to the sides. Maintain your balance as you slowly bring your left shoulder toward your right knee and straighten out your left leg in front of you. Pause for a moment in the crunch, then slowly begin to switch sides.
STEP 2: This time, bring your right shoulder toward your left knee and straighten your right leg in front of you. Do as many repetitions as you can without losing your balance. Move slowly and maintain control during the exercise. If you feel off balance, stop, bend both knees toward your chest to regain your balance and start over.
I’m going to try adding this into a future workout – and I’ll be crossing my fingers that I don’t fall off the Bosu while I am attempting it!