Is This Small Device a Must-Have for Body-Weight Training?
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of body-weight training. Heck, I wrote a book called Your Body is Your Barbell, which touts the hundreds of benefits of working out with zero equipment.
But I still love an effective training tool when I find one—especially when it enhances classic body-weight exercises like planks, pushups, lunges, leg curls, and mountain climbers. My most recent favorite: musclemorphosis.com, $29.99.
They’re small, flat hexagons that slide on various surfaces. You can place them under your hands or feet during certain movements to create a greater stability challenge for your muscles.
Plus, the friction generated from the sliding means your muscles have to work harder to accelerate and decelerate. The result is a greater calorie burn, increased muscle activation, a boost in core strength and mobility, and a more resilient body.
Over the years, I’ve tried a wide variety of these mini-sliding devices. I’ve even used paper plates or furniture sliders on carpet, and towels on a wooden floor. (Bootleg fitness at its finest.) But here are 4 reasons why I’m digging the Slidez.
1. They’re bigger
The Slidez have more surface area than other models. As a bigger guy, I found it easier to fit my hands and feet on them.
There was only one problem, though. Since they’re bigger, they occasionally bump into each other when you’re doing mountain climbers or leg curls with your feet on them. Other than that, the added size was definitely a benefit.
2. They fasten and unfasten
You can connect individual Slidez together. Not many—if any—other devices can do that.
Suddenly, you have an even bigger Slidez to use—and this larger surface area comes in handy. It provides instant versatility. For example, if you don’t have a sled, you can get the same training effect by placing your hands on the Slidez.
Pushing with your hands on one big sliding unit works out way better than two individual sliders, in my opinion.
3. They’re portable
Slidez are pretty light, so you can easily throw them in your gym bag or suitcase. They’re also perfect for at-home or hotel room workouts. (Want another workout you can do on the go? Check out musclemorphosis.com.)
4. They look like Belgian waffles
I love Belgian waffles, and anything that looks like them holds a special place in my heart.
My final verdict: You can have a tough workout without Slidez. But you should think about adding them if you’re looking for a new challenge, a simple way to improve your performance, and a great tool to bring on the road.
Ready to see Slidez in action? Check out the video I shot below. In it, I demonstrate 3 sliding exercises that work your hips, shoulders, core, and legs:
And if you want to use these exercises in a great total-body workout, check out the one below.
Do it: Perform the exercises in a row. Do each movement for 40 seconds, and rest for 20 seconds between each one. That’s 1 cycle. Do up to 5 total cycles.
1. Sliding leg curl
2. Sliding mountain climber
3. Sliding reverse lunge, left
4. Sliding reverse lunge, right
If you’re looking for an entire workout program that works every last muscle from head to toe while burning belly fat, try musclemorphosis.com. One guy lost 18 pounds of fat in just 6 weeks!
BJ Gaddour is Fitness Director for the Men’s Health brand. Follow him on musclemorphosis.com or musclemorphosis.com @bjgaddour.