Have you guys ever heard of ViPR tubes?
I hadn’t until a couple of weeks ago. App’s recreation department got a set of these a couple weeks ago. Since I’m a group fitness instructor, I had the opportunity to attend a demo on these guys. The verdict? They’re pretty awesome and a great way to spice up a workout.
ViPR tubes (which stands for Vitality , Performance and Reconditioning), are hollow, weighted, rubber tubes. They have 3 handles, two vertical handles on one side, and a single horizontal handle on the opposite side.
So what can you do with it? Well anything.
These tubes are great for both strength training and cardio. They can add weight to squats and lunges, either by holding the tubes like this:
Or standing it up on one end and tipping the tube in either direction:
The vertical handles can be used to do exercises like shoulder presses, chest presses, lat raises and bicep curls.
ViPRs can also amp up your push ups and planks by placing the tube on its side and placing your hands on the cylinder, this creates some instability and gives your core one serious workout. We did push ups on the tube and they were killer!
ViPR tubes can also be incorporated into cardio circuits. They add some major resistance to speed skaters and heismans:
They can also be add some extra resistance to BURPEES! Because burpees need to be more difficult. Add in a chest press at the top of the burpee (instead of a jump) to add in some fun. Or pain.
One of my personal favorite exercises we did was army crawls while pushing the tubes across ground. Killer. Then instead of turning around and pushing it back, we army crawled backwards while pulling the tube back with us. Hurts so good.
Incorporating ViPR tubes into your strength training or a cardio circuit could be a great way to change things up next time your at the gym. They’re super versatile and work almost every muscle in your body, pretty awesome if you ask me.
Interested? You can find more information and exercises here:
- ViPR Fit
- Running Stability Workout
- PT on the Net (check the bar on the right for additional exercises)
Have you tried ViPR tubes before?
How do you change up your workout routine?
I’m in no way affiliated with ViPR, I’m pretty sure they don’t even know I exist, I just thought they were an awesome new fitness tool!