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The Most Underrated Workout Equipment In the Gym

The Most Underrated Workout Equipment in the Gym, According to a Personal Trainer

So, you're stuck in a gym routine rut: treadmill, Stairmaster, planks, repeat.

The moment you start feeling bored in your workout ways is the perfect time to explore what untapped resources the gym has to offer — which is where Kaitlyn Gannon, NSCA-certified personal trainer, and owner of Dallas Iron Fitness, might be of service to you.

The expert is spicing-up our gym lives by letting us in on her favourite underrated equipment and her preferred exercise for each.

Kettlebells

Gannon is a fan of kettlebells because they offer a plethora of technical benefits while engageing a wide range of muscle groups — it's an efficient tool for many exercises, from cardio to strength training.

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"A quick [session] using kettlebells can take your workout to the next level," Gannon says.

Single Arm Swings

  • Start with the kettlebell in your right hand.
  • Begin to hinge back to engage your glutes and hamstrings.
  • Then, allow the kettlebell to swing back with a straight arm.
  • As you swing, be sure to squeeze your glutes while raising your chest and straightening your knees.
  • Swing the kettlebell in an upward motion, stopping at eye level.
  • Continue this motion for each set, once complete repeat on the left side.
  • Alternate each arm for three sets of five.
  • Resistance Bands

    "People tend to think of resistance bands for rehabilitation purposes only, which is a huge misconception as bands are great to use as part of a warmup for any major muscle group," Gannon encourages.

    Resistance bands can be used to engage the muscle groups in both the eccentric phase ( lengthening the muscle) and concentric phase (shortening the muscle), too.

    Power Single Arm Press

  • Place a band around the handle of a cable machine.
  • Face sideways with the resistance band in your right hand.
  • Rotate through your core while punching through with your right hand.
  • Complete the same movement with the left hand after turning your body facing the opposite way.
  • Continue for five sets of 20 on each arm at a medium resistance.
  • Bosu Ball

    If you can locate a Bosu ball at your gym, Gannon recommends using it to increase your heart rate during a circuit workout or to help with balance. If you are interested in boosting the intensity of a specific exercise, the unstable surface can do that for you, too.

    Power Skiers

  • Begin by standing on the ball side of the Bosu ball with both feet.
  • Then, with your left leg, step off into a side lunge and quickly bring your leg back onto the Bosu ball — complete 20 reps.
  • Continue the exercise by stepping off to the right for 20 reps.
  • You can enhance this workout by jumping instead of stepping off the sides to make it more dynamic.
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