So one piece of equipment I never knew anything about but now love is the BOSU Balance Trainer. (That’s what’s pictured up there in the corner!) You can do so many great bodyweight exercises on this (meaning you don’t need any free weights, just the weight of your own body) and you can get an intense workout. Try lunges or stepping on and off it quickly. Do bridges and planks and you’ll see how they become much more difficult to perform. If you want to use free weights, try standing bicep curls, you’ll feel your whole body getting in on the workout. Then try lifting a leg, your core will really get activated. You can even flip it over so the “bubble” part is on the bottom. Carefully stand on top of it and try a squat, or do a push-up. The BOSU trainer can take your ordinary workout and really intensify it. It will work on improving your balance and make your workouts even more effective.
Here is a great site that shows you some exercises you can do with the BOSU balance trainer. Try them out next time you’re at the gym! www.about.com