You’ve probably seen those purple gliding discs at your gym or even used them in class for moves like lunges and mountain climbers. If you have, you know those little suckers make moves surprisingly harder.
“Gliders engage your muscles in a contracted way and allow your muscles to stretch,” explains Nina Koulogeorge, a New York City-based trainer at YG Studios. “You also use more of your core when working with gliders; therefore, you’re building core strength at all times.”
While it’s common to use gliders for lower-body and core work, you can also use them to strengthen your upper body. Try Koulogeorge’s 20-minute workout below to work your chest, arms, shoulders, back and core.
If you don’t have gliders, thin washcloths work on hardwood floors, and paper plates or the cover of a magazine will do on carpet.
Perform each exercise 3 times, resting 30 seconds between sets. When you’ve completed 3 sets of the first exercise, move to the next exercise..