Innovative Exercises from Iron Man 2
War Machines: No – not the character in Iron Man 2…The War Machine is a portable pulley training system that uses body weight as resistance. An all-in-one workout device that can literally be taken anywhere and performed wherever you like: even in the park.
Kettle bells: A cannon ball with a handle! Kettle bells are now common in the U.S., beating out traditional dumbbells. Kettle bells allow for swing movements not possible with dumbbells. That movement uses more muscle groups and yields better results in less time.
Sledgehammers: Downey beat truck tires with a sledgehammer, swinging from the side and overhead. The sledgehammers ranged in weight from four pounds up to 20 pounds. The sledgehammer workout targets the back and shoulders.
Indian Clubs: Indian clubs were a popular exercise in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Club swinging was introduced as an exercise in England by soldiers stationed in India in the 1800s. The clubs range in size and weight. They are swung in patterns of movement. The exercise focuses on shoulders and arms. It’s also gentle on joints because of its rotational movement.
Wheelbarrows: Bose created a custom-built wheelbarrow so that it could carry 650 pounds. Downey Jr. pushed it around a figure-eight-formation obstacle course. It’s a killer compound exercise which targets chest, shoulders and back.
Sleds: This full-body exercise required Downey to pull, run, and pull again. A sprinter’s sled was filled with 50-pound weights. That sled was tied to the end of a 50-foot rope. Like something out of Rocky IV, Downey would pull the sled to him, drop it, and sprint 50 feet away from it. Then he’d turn and pull it back to him… and run 50-feet away again… This routine targets almost everything: arms, torso, abs, core, and legs.
Fire Hoses: Bose filled two fire hoses: one with sand; the other with water. Then Downey would do semi squats while dragging and whipping the hoses up and down. This exercise builds shoulders and chest.
Bamboo Bars: Bose loaded up bamboo bars with rubber bands; then he attached kettle bells to the rubber bands. The experiment created a bouncy, hard-to-stabilize barbell.