Fitness in a tube

Weighted pipe puts new bite into strength training

By Danielle Braff, Special to Tribune Newspapers

7:16 PM EST, November 7, 2012


There's a new piece of workout equipment on the market, and this one is a multitasker.

The ViPR (pronounced "viper") can be used to build strength, increase stamina and improve flexibility. You can throw it, drag it, toss it, lift it or collapse on top of it when you've had enough.

The ViPR is available in a range of weights, but if you're new to this tool your best bet is to stick with the 22-pound ViPR, which can be purchased through viprevolution.com for about $230. (The ViPR is priced according to weight, and they start at 9 pounds for $155, and go up to 44 pounds for $330.)

Once you've got a ViPR, try this workout created by Ambre Sheehy, coordinator of fitness programs for the University of Florida, and an instructor of group ViPR classes.

You'll need a space that's at least 10-by-10 feet square. The ViPR can be used on a wooden floor or on a mat because it's made out of rubber and shouldn't scratch.

Do as many repetitions of each exercise as you can for 40 seconds, and then rest for 20 seconds before starting the next exercise. After you complete all seven exercises, rest for 60 seconds before doing the circuit again.

Click here for exercise positions.