It was almost 10 years ago when I first demonstrated how an inexpensive pair of furniture sliders can be used as an effective exercise tool. For a long time, site readers could remember this old video on YouTube. It was just me, a low-resolution camcorder and a 4-position slider worth about $ 10. Looking back, much has changed since then, but one thing that remains unchanged is my sliders. I still own the same set, and they still work as good as new ones.
Below you’ll see a recent slide show in action, and then I’ll answer the questions I’ve seen on social networks since the video was posted this week.
Frequently asked Questions
Where can I get furniture sliders?
Furniture sliders are usually easy to find in common goods such as Walmart or Target. You can also find them in preschoolersuch as Home Depot or Lowe & # 39; s.
If you prefer to shop online, here is a link to 4-Pack on Amazon,
What are the sizes of your sliders?
The ideal sizes for the sliders to be used for the exercises are 9-1 / 2 x 5-3 / 4 inches.
Does the slider work on surfaces other than carpet?
There are sliders designed for other surfaces (for example, wooden floors), but I recommend those that can be used on the carpet. I used to finish wood floors, and I would not want to constantly slide back and forth through beautiful wood. You do not need to wear the finish of your wooden floors, if instead you can roll out a thin strip of carpet.
Can't I do the same with the socks on the wooden floor?
Whenever I show sliders, someone asks if the same exercises can be played using paired socks on wooden floors. My response to these requests is always the same. Socks will work to some extent.
However, the difference between the toe and the slider is significant. I used both, and the sliders are infinitely more versatile and durable. Socks are not so useful for many faster exercises. You also will not find socks worth 10 dollars, which will last 10 years. I am lucky that I will get six months out of a pair of socks, and these are just worn on them.
My sliders don't seem to slide as fast as yours. What can I do?
One of the easiest ways to get more speed from your sliders is to apply a few drops of water repellent. Rain-X is one such product that can be found in the automotive section of most common goods the shops.
It is also preferable to work with a thin carpet. Thicker carpets will reduce the speed of the sliders.
How do sliders compare to the ab wheel?
People often ask me how sliders compare to the ab wheel, but they are actually quite different. Although you can carry out scrolls with everyone, this is where the similarities end. Sliders provide a much wider range of exercises.
I also find that sliders are more comfortable to travel. As a boxing coach, I often work in battles around the world. I never leave home without my sliders. They are easily refilled in a suitcase, without taking up extra space or adding any significant weight to the bag. It will be difficult for you to find the best tool for training at the hotel.
In the end, I created a revised video above for two reasons. One of them was to introduce new readers to the site of the old idea. Perhaps more importantly, however, I like to demonstrate how effective ideas from the past do not need to expire. As a professional trainer, I do not care if the teachings are old or new. My only concern is whether it works.
One of the biggest myths in the fitness industry is that new is always better. It could not be further from the truth. The age of the exercise or tool is irrelevant when considering its value. Some of the best ideas you find come from the past. My old sliders are a great example. They work as well as 10 years ago, and my athletes and I still benefit from their use.
I hope to get another 10 years from them.
“A fool is surprised, a wise man asks” – Benjamin Disraeli