Accessorize Your Equipment

Adding basic props to your go-to workout tools can boost results and challenge your body.

Using the same old equipment can lead to the same old results (or lack thereof). But reinventing a workout doesn't always require a complete overhaul. Incorporating different tools and accessories can make familiar moves work harder. 

An example: “When you wrap chains around a barbell, you create a means to work harder and gain speed throughout an entire set, even on slow lifts,” says Dianna Scotece, a Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox in New York City. Also, the higher you lift the barbell, the more chain you pull up with it, and the more weight you end up lifting in general.

Here, a few ways to make your go-to workout tools work even harder for you.