By Jennifer Cohen Men's Fitness
Free weights are a great way to increase difficulty to workouts you’ve mastered, or get you motivated to try something new. Adding a few pounds to a crunch or lunge can make a huge difference.
Free Weight Crunch- Use your arms in your next crunch set. Perform a crunch while holding a dumbbell or dumbbell plate to your chest, or try performing a crunch while holding a weight in both hands and stretching your arms behind you.
Free Weight Ab Lifts- Lay flat on your back holding a dumbbell. Put your feet together and raise your legs up as while keeping them straight. Engage your abs and use them to pull your upper body off the floor as close to your legs as possible. Hold for 3 seconds before returning to rest position.
Free Weight Ab-bends - Start by standing with feet hip-width apart with a free weight in each hand. Raise one arm over your head, bending your arm at the elbow. Bend your torso to one side to work your oblique’s (the side muscles of your abdominals.) Repeat this on both sides, bending the same arm as the side you’re working out.
Free Weight Oblique Twist- Lay on your back with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle, feet flat on the floor. Holding one weight with both hands out in front of you, raise your upper body, creating a V shape with your chest and thighs. Twist your torso to the right and keep your upper body straight, then return to center and twist to the left.
My advice is if you only buy one set of workout equipment, invest in free weights. They’re inexpensive and versatile. If you could only own one piece of workout equipment, what would you buy?