At some point in time, everyone hits some sort of fitness plateau. For some people, changing the workout routine completely to avoid or overcome a plateau is simply too much work, which is why we suggest increasing your current exercises’ difficulty, which allows you to then keep the same general program. For instance, one option to increase difficulty is to reduce the weight being used while increasing the reps being performed. Another option is to incorporate stability-challenging equipment, such as stability balls or suspension cables. For instance, the plank can be performed using either piece of equipment and will force your body – particularly your core – to work much harder given the ‘instability’ of the equipment being used. In order to use such equipment properly and safely, it is important that you know how to properly activate your core so please speak with your trainer before incorporating stability-challenging equipment into your workout.