Your body wasn't designed to rest on its butt for nine hours a day, no matter how ergonomic your office chair is. So why assume the 90-degree position in the gym, too? Smarter training means working out on your feet, not on a bench. It means engaging your whole body—take the humble push-up, a three-for-one cardio-, mobility-, and strength-building exercise. Which is why the smarter home gym starts not with a stable of shiny metal machines but with open space; a rubber or wood floor is best. What comes next is a collection of simple, no-BS essentials that we call the fitness tools of the future—though you may recognize some of them as updates of the fitness tools of the past. Climb a rope, scale a ladder, swing a club, catch a ball, roll a wheel. Your (firmer) ass will thank you for getting off it.
How to Build the Perfect Home Gym
Today's cutting-edge workouts rely on modern updates of old-school exercise gear. Medicine ball, anyone?
Ask your typical NFL running back or NBA shooting guard where his explosive speed and agility come from and he will surely mention plyometrics—exercises that usually involve the simple action of jumping on and off a raised platform.
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