It’s not just for girls. Seriously. We know Valslides—the popular plastic sliding discs you see online and in some gyms—look like they’re for women, and, yes, some of them even come in pink. But they’re as masculine a training tool as the barbell itself. We’ll prove it to you with this workout program, which builds muscle and strength in just three sessions a week. Man up and try it!
How It Works
Valslides create instability. Place your hands or feet on them and it’s hard to keep your balance while you do an exercise. This forces your muscles to work harder and recruits other muscles to help stabilize you. All this extra muscle activation also adds up to more calories burned, so they’re an exceptional tool for fat loss. You can pick them up at valslide.com for $30—but if you have old furniture sliders (the things you put under the feet of your couch to move it), those work just as well. And if you have a slick wooden floor to train on, towels can be used as a substitute, too.
Perform each workout (Days I, II, and III) once a week. The exercise pairs (marked “A” and “B”) are done as alternating sets. Perform a set of A, rest, then do a set of B, rest, and repeat until all sets are complete. Then move on to the next pair. Rest 30–60 seconds between exercises in a pair; rest 90–120 seconds between pairings.
Ben Bruno is a trainer at rise movement in Los Angeles. Visit him at benbruno.com.