After workouts with my weighted Reactor Bar, I decided I was pleased with my purchase. I searched around the web for some exercises specific to my new bar and found this You Tube video work out: Ask In Your Face 10 Minute Workout. The editing is not the best, but the instructor has awe-inspiring muscle definition and a pleasant voice for leading the “class.” The weighted body bar was the star player. Mine is a reasonable 15 pounds. I brought my iPad up to my home “studio” and got down to sweating. The lunges are tough and nearly continuous and mine definitely need work. I powered through the 10-minute workout and then….did it again. I liked the combination of upper and lower body moves. Those get the heart rate up and going. Because the Reactor Bar doesn’t have loose weights attached to the ends like a barbell, it is very stable. On a day when I only have 10 minutes, this will be great. But on a day set aside for muscle work, I need more.
I finished with another 10 minutes of:
- Bench presses with the bar on stability ball
- Wall push ups
- Front loaded squats with 10 pound kettle bell
- Dead Lifts with reactor bar
- Over head triceps extension with 8 pound hand weights while on stability ball
- Upright rows with the bar
- Shoulder Raises to front with 5 pound hand weight
- Shoulder Raises to side with 5 pound hand weight
- Jump rope for 30 seconds (without the rope)
And a final 20 minutes of back bends with Rodney Yee. I find back bends really work the abdominals to the point of quivering. Yoga is a fine end to a workout for a much-needed stretch of warm muscles and centering your mind for what the day has left.