Disclosure: This post is a sponsored opportunity with Fit Approach and ActivMotion Bar. As always, all opinions are my own. I appreciate your support!
If you’ve been following my social media channels, you’ve seen me playing around with my new ActivMotion Bar over the past few weeks.
I was lucky enough to be selected to review ActivMotion’s fitness bar along with their at-home fitness DVDs and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with y’all today!
Per ActivMotion’s website:
The ActivMotion Bar is no ordinary fitness bar. It’s always moving and strengthening your core with every exercise—because it’s filled with rolling steel weights. No other fitness product comes close to creating a multisensory workout experience like this. The moment you pick it up you’ll hear the weights move inside and feel them challenging your body. Whether you’re a beginner, a trainer, a pro athlete or anything in between, it’s time to change the way you train, engage mind and muscle, experience an amazing workout and get in shape quicker than ever before. It’s time for the ActivMotion Bar.
I’ll be honest, at first I was skeptical. Could a 6-pound bar really give me a great workout? C’mon now… I throw 50 pounds over my head in BODYPUMP, this is going to be easy as pie.
Ha… boy was I ever wrong! Let’s just say one of my fitness opportunities is balance and the ActivMotion Bar definitely challenged me beyond my abilities in that arena.
I started with the Level 1 fitness DVD and was first surprised by the awesome coaching Derek Mikulski, the ActivMotion Bar inventor, provided throughout the 30-minute workout. He provided valuable guidance on how to hold and move the bar as well as different movements based on your fitness level. The other levels provided the same level of guidance (and sweaty fun!) as Level 1, but I must say that I liked the Total Body Toning workout the best. Sorry Derek, but I just love female fitness instructors and Andrea Metcalf kicked some major booty in that workout! Total Body Toning left me sweaty, increased my heart rate, and gave my muscles a run for my money. I woke up sore the next morning and again, was shocked because I had only used a 6-pound bar!
The key to a fabulous workout with the ActivMotion Bar is to keep the internal steel weights in continuous movement. (You’ll be able to hear them rolling around if you do it correctly!) This keeps your muscles in a constant state of movement as they have to continually adjust to the moving weight in the bar. It also engages your core to provide a total body burn with every. single. workout. Awesome, right?!
The only thing I’d say to watch out for with the workout series is to make sure all pets and small children are clear before beginning. The bar is fairly long and I think I bonked my poor pup in the head a time or two while working out. Sorry Mitchell!
Now, you’re probably wondering what my favorite moves with my new ActivMotion. Or maybe you’re not… but I’m going to share them anyways! ;) As a side note, I had just woken up prior to these photos being taken – Don’t just my goofiness, tired eyes, or flip-flop wearing in the next few shots!
Since I’m pregnant, I need to be more cautious of the twisting and supine movements in each video. It was really easy to modify each of the recommended movements (<– One thing I now look for in a fitness routine!) which I highly appreciated.
A few of the muscles I’m always working on are my biceps, glutes, and hamstrings. They are my favorite muscles to workout and I always love working them in new ways.
For biceps, I like your typical bicep curl… The key with the ActivMotion Bar, remember, is to keep those steel weights in constant movement by tilting the bar slightly with each curl. Trust me, this WILL set your biceps on fire!
For my glutes, I really like doing side-lying leg raises. These work your side glutes and will give you a major burn! I like that this movement automatically moves the weight inside the bar as your leg lifts and lowers.
Finally, I can’t forget my glute/hamstring combo with one of my all-time favorite moves, the deadlift! By moving the weight inside, you will also engage your core as well as your upper back as you slide the bar down your legs and bring it back up as you rise.
Phew! I’m getting a burn just thinking about these workouts ;)
I don’t have a video for you today, but be on the lookout for one via Instagram this weekend! (AKA – I’m not talented enough to shoot one myself so I need Kyle here to help me out, LOL.)
Have you tried the ActivMotion Bar? What are your favorite at-home weight-strengthening exercises?