More Complex Tools

In addition to barbells, dumbbells, and kettle-bells, you can also perform complexes with body weight, medicine balls, cables, and even one of my new favorites, suspended rings. Strength coach Frank Addelia is a kettlebell, ropes, and TRX suspension system expert. Once a week we get together to "play" in what my assistant coach Dan Corbet and I like to call these sessions, the "Frank-enstein workouts." The results have been a whole new set of exercises for my cardio strength toolbox. Keep in mind that we are often limited by loads since most of these are dictated by body weight. The addition of a medicine ball, weighted vest, or even dumbbells during some of the exercises can increase the intensity. You will see many of these movements later when we talk about timed sets, but feel free to use them in complexes as they are highly effective for this method.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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