Finding a balance between challenging my body to the fullest and practicing simple movements for building endurance is what I am continuously working on. Following a user-friendly workout routine that fits seamlessly into my schedule has helped me find balance and stay mentally and physically fit.
I have mentioned the fitness accessory brand Bala previously and I am thrilled to introduce their newest addition, the Bala Beam which is a new tool that I have incorporated in my physical fitness journey. With every product they launch, they always keep functionality and style at the forefront, adding an aesthetic feel to workout gear. It has become a staple in my house; it is easy to store or take with me if I’m on the go (which happens a lot!). I do know my way around different gym equipment, and I can tell you practicality is everything, so this beam is definitely a good alternative to dumbbells.
Listening to what our body needs while getting creative with different moves will help stimulate the brain and make each session more enjoyable. The Bala beam is not only convenient but also a good way to increase stamina and balance for that extra push. Their new product design is structured to enhance your workouts and help you look good while doing it!
Bicep Curls: 4 sets of 15
Start by standing tall with your core tight and place your feet shoulder width apart. Grip the beam just outside of your hips and press your elbows tight to your sides. While keeping tension on your biceps, you will also curl the beam close to shoulder height and lower it back to starting position, then repeat.
Bent-Over Back Rows: 4 sets of 15
This exercise will be a slow and controlled movement to prevent any injury. Stand tall with feet placed shoulder-width apart, bend your knees, and lean forward from the waist. Make sure your back remains straight (limiting arches or spinal curves) and your neck is aligned with your spine. Grab the beam and place your hands a little further than shoulder-width apart. From here, let your arms hang and then proceed with rowing the beam up towards your chest and squeeze shoulders together, then repeat.
Squats: 4 sets of 15
A regular squat will actually work different parts of the body such as your quads, glutes, and hamstrings. So adding any weight on top of that will increase your strength and agility. Start by standing tall, roll your shoulders back, and push your hips back as you bend your knees. You want to keep your focus straight and chest upright while gripping the beam shoulder-width apart. With every or every other squat, lift the beam parallel to the floor. To help release muscle tension, exhale on each squat and inhale during each standing motion.
Lunges: 4 sets of 12-15
Start by standing up straight and align your body first before putting the beam behind your neck. Grip the beam to where you feel comfortable, step outward and put one leg bent out in front till it’s at a 90-degree angle. You can then lift the leg back into the starting position or bend the leg back then repeat.
Be sure that when practicing any aerobic or weighted fitness exercise that you continuously listen to your body and use your mind to make conscious decisions to create a positive fitness experience that helps your body including water, breathing techniques, and rest breaks.