Our Fitness Consultants you meet at our stores are well-versed in the health and fitness industry, so they know a thing or two about staying fit and most importantly, keeping it fun! But, what if you hit a plateau or just don’t feel like doing the same old thing day in and day out? 2nd Wind Fitness Consultant, Darnel, has got a solution to the workout rut. Here, he shares a variety of options he does to stay in shape without the feeling of boredom. 2nd Wind Fitness Consultant - Darnel“Working out has been my mainstay for over the last 20 years. Being that consistent   requires a great deal of dedication but also commitment to yourself. Exercise comes in all sorts of forms, that’s what makes exercising fun and easy. There’s so much you can do, and it’s important to be consistent and give your body a variety of exercise options to keep it in shape. Here’s my advice on how I mix things up in my workouts, and for my clients when they ask how to change things up make working out more effective.

Get outside and enjoy the weather

One way I vary my workouts is by adding outdoor training, and with the nicer weather on its way, you can be sure there are plenty of options. Two great outdoor workouts I recommend are rollerblading and biking. You can spend hours rollerblading around various trails and lake paths burning tons of fat and never feel boredom. When it comes to biking, there’s nothing like getting lost in your music or sights and just peddling for hours… before you know it, you’ve biked 50 miles!

In the gym or at home

Indoors, I like to use a variety of fitness equipment and machines for weight training to keep my muscles guessing as to what's going to happen next. For example when working my abs I'll use anything from a weighted crunch chair to doing floor work such as planks, Russian twist and in & outs. When it's time to step up the fat burning I will do super-sets which involves working one group of muscles with a particular exercise or movement then immediately going to another machine, weight movement or such without rest. This keeps my heart rate up, but also challenges my muscles to endure a higher pain threshold during resistance training. If you don’t have an assortment of machines to work with, or have a cardio machine at home such as an elliptical trainer or treadmill, mix it up by adding intervals; high intense jolts (30 to 60 seconds) followed by a more relaxed pace. Those intense interval seconds add up, burning a lot of calories while building your endurance.

More variety is key

If I really want to break things up I will use kettlebells to train legs and battle ropes for arms and shoulders but also get a cardio HITT session while I'm at it! I think battle ropes and kettlebell training can offer a nice variety of exercises to torch fat in a short amount of time.

Body weight exercises

Lastly, you can't ever rule out body weight exercises like pull-ups and push-ups, floor dips and abs work. You can do these while enjoying the nice weather this summer outdoors, or all year round at home or in the gym. Rest assured there is no way you can get bored with exercise, there's just too much out there to do, but it's up to you to do it!” If you have any questions about this blog, or about your exercise routine, I’d be happy to answer your questions and help you achieve your fitness goals. I am a certified personal trainer and fitness consultant at the 2nd Wind Edina, MN store.