Bored Of The Same Old Fitness Routines?
Getting into a workout and fitness routine can help you stay motivated and get into a rhythm. However doing the same routines over and over can increase the chance of injury from too much repetitive stress on joints, ligaments and muscles. It leads to strength plateau and becomes somewhat boring over time. One of the best things you can do is to mix up your workouts and do something different with these suggestions below.
There are so many ways to mix up your workouts to keep your body guessing and engaging for you at the same time. Make sure you start off slow and build up speed and intensity when trying new forms of exercise to avoid injury.
One of my all time favorite workouts are stair workouts in the early mornings. It's a high intensity exercise that is particularly effective for athletes looking to build up speed and strength. After you start mixing in stair workouts to your routine, you'll notice how explosive your legs feel while running. We'll add a great stair workout later in our blog.
Agility ladders are one of the best ways for athletes to get more agile, stronger and increase balance. It's also just a great way to non athletes to workout even if you don't play sports anymore. I attached two of our training videos for agility ladders below for beginner and advanced users. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWn_N623FVVPv0dUXtyIwhIwgjd94IKpb
We sell agility ladders that I also put a link here if you don't already have an agility ladder it can be a great fitness tool for all sports and overall fitness. https://www.elevatesportsequipment.com/product-page/speed-ladder
If you live by a beach taking your workouts to the sand is a fantastic option since it works completely different muscles than you're use to. Running in sand puts less stress on your weight-bearing joints, such as your hips, knees, and ankles. Multiple studies over the years can back this up such as a 2017 study published in the European Journal of Sport Science, women who ran on soft sand experienced less muscle damage and inflammation than those who ran on grass. Any style of workout in the sand is good, you can go for a longer runs, short sprints, pushups/squats/sit-ups or agility ladder training.
Agility cone work is another great high intensity workout that works on acceleration, change of direction and balance. This is amazing for athletes who play sports and for those who are looking to increase their overall fitness. We'll have a later blog post with our favorite cone agility workouts, and we'll also be adding agility cones as one of our products soon.
Most people don't think of swimming when trying to add new workouts to their routine but it can be a great addition to your fitness routine and you don't have to be an expert swimmer(I'm a very bad swimmer). I started adding this to my routine when I had foot surgery in high school for rehab and its a totally different level of fitness than anything I've done before. You could be running sub 6 minute miles on a track but still run out of energy after a couple laps in the pool.
There are a ton of other ways to mix up your workouts but those are some of our favorites. If you have any questions or comments about any of these workouts or our training equipment feel free to reach out!
- Tyler Simmons
President/Founder Elevate Sports
University of Denver Lacrosse 14'
Stanford Asst Lacrosse Coach