According to Ashley Borden, Hollywood trainer to the stars (Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield, Mandy Moore Ryan Gosling and more), one the cheapest, easiest ways to get in shape is only an inch wide, four feet long, and costs just $10. It’s her Posture Stick, a thin pvc pipe that carries the “power to take your workouts to a new level,” according to Ashley.
“The Posture Stick, when held along the length of your spine during certain exercises, gives you immediate feedback on spinal alignment, core control and proper movement patters,” explains Borden. “It’s terrific for beginners because it’s lightweight, which helps clients practice barbell work without the fear of injury. It’s also easy to use for people at any fitness level.”
The best part, is the Posture Stick can be purchased at any local hardware store for less than $10.
Borden’s benefits from the Posture Stick include:
Help with Strength Progression: Add a new dimension to traditional squats and lunges, by holding the Posture Stick overhead – thus challenging the core and increasing cardio without the risk of mishandling a barbell.
- Improving flexibility: You can use the Posture Stick to help open up your chest, your lats, shoulders and triceps.
- Heightens postural and core awareness: The feel of the stick against the spine offers immediate sensory feedback about your core and proper alignment.
- Increasing the calorie burn: The additional intensity of adding the Posture Stick to any move ups the calorie burn and overall muscle activation.
“Early in my career, before I discovered the PVC pipe, I literally used to rummage through the closet and disassemble the clothing rod, drop the clothes to the floor, and use the rod for the workout. Some trainers I know used broom or swiffer sticks. Thank goodness for today's PVC pipe.”
For an extra bonus, view the accompanying video for more of Ashley's tricks of the trade.