Increase resistance without risking injury

The “New year, new me” mentality is in full swing. Gyms are packed. It’s unlikely that you can use multiple equipment for a circuit without someone snatching your machine between sets. So, here’s a full-body workout to activate all your muscles with only one equipment: the gymstick.

There are two reasons why this one works so well whether you’re a fitness fanatic (like me), or just getting started on your fit journey.

Low risk of injury

Strength training is important, however, many people make the mistake of pushing too far too quickly and racking up too heavy weights too soon. Heavier isn’t always better, especially if you’re new to the weight lifting scene, and putting too much strain on your muscles right as you jump in can do more harm than good. You can pull a muscle, pinch a nerve or drop the weight on yourself. None of them is an ideal way of getting started on your fitness intentions. Go easy on yourself at first and the gymstick is a great way to ease your body into resistance training and avoid injury.

Versatile resistance training

It’s always convenient when you can do a full-body workout with only one equipment that’s not a cardio machine and allows for resistance. There are exercises to activate your body from head to toe. You can be as creative as you want to be and also increase resistance by simply twisting the stick and adjusting the bands’ tightness.

Full-body circuit:

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with no rest in between. Then have a minute rest between each round. Repeat rounds 5 times.

  • Squat (30 sec)
  • Squat with overhead shoulder press (30 sec)
  • Squat with shoulder overhead then lowered to 90 degrees with straight arms (30 sec)
  • Lunges with overhead shoulder press then twist upper body to the side when in lunge position (30 sec)
  • Biceps curl (30 sec)
  • Biceps curl pulse from halfway to all the way up (30 sec)