There’s a time and place for every piece of workout equipment, but that doesn’t mean each has only one use. Some exercise aids can be valuable for purposes that they were never intended for or that you never would have guessed. Below are three ways you can get creative and improve your training.
1. USE BANDS ON YOUR BENCH
If the bench you’re using is slick and you find your torso sliding back on it during bench presses, lay some elastic resistance bands on it lengthwise. The rubber will give you traction so you don’t slip.
2. USE A SUSPENSION TRAINER AS A ROPE
If you have a weighted dragging sled, or are considering making your own, you can save money on a rope or straps by using a suspension trainer. Simply tie it to the sled and adjust the handles to a comfortable length with which to press, row, or drag the sled.
3. WORK YOUR HAMSTRINGS ON THE LAT PULLDOWN
You can use the lat-pulldown station to simulate a glute-ham raise—the only exercise that works all the hamstrings’ functions simultaneously. Kneel on the seat facing away from the machine. Hold on to a bar or have a friend stand by to help you balance. Extend your knees to lower your body and then use your hamstrings to pull you back up.
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