20 Creative Exercises to Add to Your Fitness Library

bord at the gymWorkouts can get really boring – if you LET them (key word: LET). Of course, for many of you, how boring your workouts are greatly depends on how creative your trainer or instructor is. As a boot camp trainer, it’s my job to research new ideas, workouts, games, exercises and tools to make our program the best program possible – all while keeping workouts fresh and fun. Many times that requires a little creativity – especially if you are limited on equipment or space.

Build Fitness ToolsSteve and I love to think up new ways to work muscles using untraditional methods. We also love shopping at Lowe’s in search of new tools to make for our boot camp (like the sandbags & battle sticks we made this weekend). Why? It’s not because there is a shortage of effective traditional exercises or equipment, but because we know not everyone has access to a gym or can afford a $4,000 piece of equipment for each body part. With that in mind, we try to develop ways for you to enhance workouts at home, in the gym, or while on the road, so you can have more variety to choose from without having to invest in a ton of equipment.

Whether you work your self out, or you are a trainer looking for some fresh material, here are 20 untraditional exercises to try out!

Untraditional Exercises for Functional Training

Click on the exercise to view video instruction for each exercise.

geronimoBodyweight Exercises using Minimal Tools

1. Geronimo (Hamstrings Exercise Using a Wall)
2. Surfers (Cardio and Lower Body using just Body Weight)
3. Wall-ups (Cardio and Upper Body using a Wall)
4. Roll Up (Cardio & Lower Body using Bands)
5. Repell Squat (Cardio & Lower Body using Bands)
6. Hop Over (Full Body Toning & Cardio using a Step)

Partner Exercises

partner exercises7. Partner Wall Squat Press And Decline Push-up
8. Partner Dips And Wall Sit
9. Seated Partner Torso Rotation
10. Partner Medicine Ball Situp Catch

Balance Exercises

11. Swiss Ball Kneeling Shoulder Press (Balance Ball)
12. Swiss Ball Kneeling Lateral Raise (Balance Ball)
13. Swiss Ball Kneeling Biceps Curl (Balance Ball)
14. Stabilizer Push-up (Medicine Ball)
15. Bosu Push-up (Bosu Ball)
16. Bosu Jump Squat (Bosu Ball)Skateboard Lunge

Treadmill Exercises

17. Skateboard Lunge
18. Reverse Mountain Climber
19. Hand Walking Side Plank
20. Ski Squats
21. Ab Wheel Walk

Ab Exercisestake it or leave it abdominal crunch

22. Take It Or Leave It Abdominal Crunch
23. Snow Angel
24. Barbell Rollout
25. Swiss Ball X-up

Sample Wall-Up Workout

Here is an example of how we use untraditional exericses, like wall-ups, in our workouts with our clients:

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on June 12, 2013, in Exercise & Training, PFIT TIPS, Workout and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Awesome Post! Love the fresh ideas and the “do it yourself” gym equipment!

  2. Every day you have something new and great for me – I love innovative ideas for fitness!
    Thank you for sharing so many!!!

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