Not only do I enjoy traveling with the XBAR, but I’ve also appreciated the convenience of using it at home AND in the gym. As a personal trainer, I am always looking for new and stimulating ways to keep my clients challenged. The XBAR is a great piece of equipment that can be incorporated into an existing routine, or used on it’s own. One of my favorite workouts includes cardio intervals and strength intervals using the XBAR. The kit comes with a drawstring travel bag, containing three different levels of resistance bands.
The XBAR Offers Variety for the Body
With three different resistance bands (included), the amount of resistance you can achieve is equivalent to an entire gym rack. Use one band for a light workout, add all three bands together and the resistance is more than most people can handle. Because of the fluid rotating end-swivels on the XBAR, and the rubber to rubber detached pushup docks, you can always find a position that perfectly fits your comfort zone. Being that I am 5’11.5,” I am sometimes concerned with using resistance bands for fear they may snap! However, you can position just one foot centered on the band to allow for more stretch. If you are on the shorter side, you can spread your feet further apart to take up the slack and get more resistance. While foot placement will vary the amount of resistance each band provides, in general the weight equivalent is as follows: green band = 5 pounds per side, red band = 8 pounds per side, blue band = 13 pounds per side. An additional black band is sold separately and offers 19 pounds per side.
XBAR TripleSet Circuit
This routine was inspired by a class I created and teach at Lateral Fitness in Chicago. The workout, called TripleSet, alternates between sets of cardio (C), strength (S) and core inspired (CI) intervals. So drop your excuses and get ready to raise your heart rate with this version of my workout including the Xbar. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Complete 2-3 rounds of the seven sets. Rest as needed.
1C High knee run1S XBAR squats1CI XBAR plank with knee drives
2C Mountain climbers2S XBAR upright row2CI XBAR plank with leg lifts
3C Jumping jacks3S XBAR lunges with right leg in front3CI XBAR side plank to right
4C Jumping jacks4S XBAR lunges with left leg in front4CI XBAR side plank to left
5C Jump rope in place5S XBAR pushups5CI XBAR reverse plank with leg lifts
6C Jump squats6S XBAR side lunge to right6CI XBAR reach out plank
7C Jump squats7S XBAR side lunge to left7CI XBAR kick backs (30 seconds/side)