Bored With the Gym? 5 Ways to Refresh Your Workouts from Celeb Trainer Harley Pasternak

11/05/2014 at 05:33 PM ET

Harley Pasternak
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Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.

Regardless of how hard or how often you work out, let’s face it: You eventually get bored. More importantly, your muscles also get bored, and as a result your body plateaus.

To beat that boredom (it’s not an excuse to quit!), here are five sure-fire ways to shake things up and push your body to the next level:

1. Try new exercises. Too often we become used to doing the same moves over and over again. If you do forward lunges every week, try swapping them out for reverse lunges or walking lunges. The below moves are all interchangeable, as they work the same muscles, but in different ways.

Reverse Lunge

Harley Pasternak Reverse Lunge
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Skater Lunge

Harley Pasternak Skater Lunge
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Jump Squat

Harley Pasternak Jump Squat
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Sumo Squat

Harley Pasternak Sumo Squat
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2. Change up the set, reps and resistance. Let me guess, you do 12-15 reps of each exercise every time you work out? STOP! When someone asks how many reps you “usually do,” you should answer, “It’s different every week!” Try to do five more reps and one fewer set each week until you hit 30 reps, then work your way back down in reverse order to make sure you keep changing the sets, reps and resistance. For example, if your entire workout is usually six sets of 20 reps, try doing five sets of 25 reps with slightly less weight and four sets of 30 reps the week after.

3. Create a workout music mix. It’s true that the music we listen to when we work out can have a strong impact on how hard and how long we train for. If you’ve been listening to the same set of songs for your last several workouts, it’s time to mix things up. Break out of your standard playlist! Try a streaming service like Pandora, iTunes Radio or Spotify. Here’s what I’m currently listening to while I sweat it out:

4. Drink some coffee — seriously. In my last life as a nutrition scientist for the military, I conducted studies that found by having a shot of espresso, cup of coffee or some tea before you exercise, you will be more alert and have better endurance. I’m not a big fan of energy pills or liquid energy ‘shots,’ but I love my pre-workout macchiato.

5. Get a new piece of workout gear to be excited about. Whether it be a new pair of cool shoes, a new piece of workout tech (like the new Fitbit Charge) a new workout or a new piece of equipment, having something to make your workouts feel (or look) different can sometimes re-awaken your workout vibe.

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Now go get back out there!

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Love Harley Pasternak’s workout tips!

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Well, everyone want to be look fit in today’s busy world.You have given very good tips to remain fit with such a easy and useful exercise instead of going to gym daily, sort of boring task really.

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Thanks! These are really cool tips, I prefer reading it on app, but unable to find people app?

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