5 tools to take your home gym to the next level
Tell me if this recent conversation I had sounds familiar...
Person: Yeah, I have a membership to [generic big box gym] but I haven't been in months.
Me: Wow, how is that working out for you?
Person: I mean, it's only $15. I'll cancel it eventually.
Me: Or you could use it...
Person: I would, I just don't have the time.
Me: You do know who you're talking to right?
Big box gyms don't care if you don't show up, in fact they COUNT ON IT. How do I know? I spent the majority of my training career inside of one. I'll keep this intro short and sweet.
You have goals, you want to exercise BUT you need an easy, economical solution. Here are 5 things that I bring to every session (seriously) and recommend to anyone wanting to outfit their home gym.
1. TRX Suspension Training: TRX is one of the most versatile and well respected pieces of equipment out there. Great for all skill levels. And just a forewarning, all suspension trainers ARE NOT created equal...trust me, I've tried a lot of them. Check out TRX here
2. Lebert Equalizers: The Lebert Equalizer bars are just as versatile as the TRX but are much more portable and don't require anchoring. Much like the TRX the Equalizer bars are incredibly versatile. Check out Lebert Equalizers here
3. Kettlebells: Kettlebells are rising in popularity and for good reason. When I first started as a personal trainer back in 2007 kettlebells were the step-child in the box gyms, now you can't walk through the free weight or functional area of a gym without tripping over one (seriously, clean up after yourselves). Use them for everything from strength to cardio to core and beyond. Kettlebells are everywhere on the internet but here are a couple of spots that I like to get them from. [click on links to check them out] Fringe Sport Kettlebell Kings Onnit
4. PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells: To say that I love these dumbbells would be a huge understatement. When I first went out on my own to provide mobile personal training I worried about the lack of dumbbells and weights. Sure, I can MacGuyver damn near anything for an effective workout (my superpower maybe?) I knew that my clients still wanted to pick up weights. After researching for weeks I went out to try every adjustable dumbbell I could find. Out of every set that I tried PowerBlock Dumbbells won out in terms of comfort, ease of use, design, mobility, versatility and cost. Check out PowerBlock here
5. Sand Bag: I know what you're thinking and no, sandbags aren't messy. A quality sandbag (I'll link 2 below) won't leak sand AND you can use materials other than sand (pea gravel, rubber, etc). If you're going this route chances are you've done your research already but if I could give just one piece of advice....spend the money on a good one. Look for at least two handle options to increase versatility. Onnit Sandbag BruteForce Sandbag
Get after it friends!
I should add, I have zero affiliation with these companies. These recommendations are made entirely off of the research I've done over the years and the practical use of these products. These are all products that I use, believe in and recommend to everyone.