Tired of the gym?

By: Tom McAleese, CPT, Feb 23, 2012

I'm bored of my fitness routine. Is there a new workout that I should try?

It might be time to mix-up your workout routine.

It’s that time of year again – the newbies are invading the gym for their New Year’s resolutions and you are battling every day to get the bench press, threading through the throngs of people to use a treadmill and yawning through yoga. You know it won’t last, and in another month or so the crowds will dwindle and only the dedicated enthusiasts like yourself will remain. 

In the meantime, why not take your workout outside and try something new – the Tire Workout.  All you need is a tire or two and a rope. Tie the rope around the tire and you’re all set. Just start walking while dragging the tire(s) behind you. The added weight will give you a good cardio burn without the impact on your knees and shins like running.  Furthermore, it is a great core strengthening exercise as well as a great exercise for the legs! Your arms and shoulders will feel the burn in short order as well giving you a complete full body workout while doing cardio.

You can take it further and perform bicep curls, tricep extensions, rear delt flyes, chest flyes and rows to work a different body part each day. The tire workout is a great way to get out of the gym and take your weight and cardio training outdoors!

Tom McAleese is a Can-Fit Pro certified personal trainer since 2009 and Transportation Technology teacher since 1997. He is now the owner and operator of Diamond Fitness Personal Training in Simcoe, Ontario. Tom can be reached at: 519-410-2713 or diamondfitness@live.com