Gliding discs — you know, those sliding discs that are all over Instagram and have made a comeback in boutique fitness studios? — are having a moment.
And for good reason: They amp up just about any exercise by seriously testing your stability; they’re cheap (you can get a pair for as little as seven bucks on Amazon), and they’re easily transportable. In fact, trainer Jayel Lewis recently told us she always keeps a pair in her gym bag.
Long story short: A pair of gliding discs is a pretty great investment.
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Below, 5 simple exercises to kick off your love affair with the versatile tool.
1. Mountain climbers with gliding discs
In a high-plank position with your toes resting on the gliding discs, alternate sliding your knees in toward your chest — like you’re climbing, get it? — make sure to keep your core engaged and your hips from sagging.
2. Pikes with gliding discs
In a high-plank position with your toes resting on the gliding discs, engage your core to pull your toes in toward your chest, keeping your legs straight and piking your hips up toward the sky. Slide your legs back out to the starting position and repeat.
3. Lateral lunges with gliding discs
Start standing upright with one gliding disc placed under your right foot. Bending your left knee, lower your body down like you are sitting in a chair while sliding your right foot out to the side, keeping it extended the entire time. As you rise back up, slowly slide your right foot back in to meet the left. Repeat all reps on one side, then do on the other side.
4. Skiers with gliding discs
For this exercise, just imagine you’re skiing on flat ground. You’re going to start standing upright with a disc placed under both feet. Then, with a slight bend in your knees, alternate sliding one leg forward while sliding the other leg back. You know, like you’re skiing.
5. Toe touches with gliding discs
Starting in a high plank position with the gliding discs placed under your hands and your legs in a splayed jumping-jack position, alternate sliding your hands toward the toes of the opposite foot, with your hips rising until your body is in a V-shape, to touch your toes.