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Whether you’re the type of trainer that likes to show off the latest fitness tech or the type that trains clients mostly through calisthenics at the park, there’s no denying that every trainer needs at least few pieces of essential equipment in their arsenal.
From measuring a client’s body fat to timing their 40 yard dash, there are simply a number of tools that will make your job easier but also make the client’s experience and results that much better.
The guide below is incredibly comprehensive, but if you’d like to add to it or have any suggestions – be sure to drop a note and let us know.
Skinfold calipers look like a claw or pincher with an attached measuring scale. While there is a slight a learning curve associated with using skinfold calipers, they do offer the easiest and most accurate way to calculate an individual’s body fat levels. Most assessments will include a pinch test at 3, 5 or 7 different body parts, after which each measurement is plugged into a corresponding equation to calculate body fat percentage.
Known for it’s accuracy, the Lange Skinfold Caliper is the de facto industry standard and is widely used in schools, fitness centers and medical facilities. Its high quality comes with a price premium, but when you’re a health and fitness professional, accuracy means everything. You want to be sure you are providing your clients with the best possible skinfold readings to measure their ongoing progress. The Lange Skinfold Caliper is made of durable metal, is spring loaded to ensure accurate readings by applying constant pressure and comes with a padded hard case, calibration block and instruction booklet.
Electronic body fat analyzers look like the steering wheel of an airplane (yoke) with an attached LCD screen. Electronic body fat analyzers are generally more convenient and easier to use when compared to traditional skinfold calipers, but are also considered to be slightly less accurate and result in more deviation between each measurement. This type of BMI monitor can be affected by hydration levels, exercise, eating, and other normal fluctuations, and is often even less accurate for individuals with an unusually high or low BMI. However, this method still provides a useful ballpark with which to track your clients’ progress.
Simply instruct your clients to hold the device at arms’ length away from their body, and the electronic body fat analyzer will quickly display their body fat percentage, BMI (body-mass index) and more on the LCD screen using electrical impedance, a small electrical current transmitted through the individual’s body.
The Omron Fat Loss Monitor is highly regarded in the industry and is generally accurate to within 5% (which is not an insignificant margin of error). Overall, this method results in much less hassle than traditional skinfold calipers and provides readings that are consistent enough to be used day to day (even if it is off by a small margin).
A goniometer is a clinical tool used to measure the range of motion of various joints on the body. Goniometers look a bit like a protractor or hinged ruler, are made of either plastic or metal and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. This type of tool is useful to track a client’s mobility progress if they have a limited range of motion due to tightness in the muscles or from a previous injury.
With a simple design and its ease of use, the Ever Ready Plastic 12″ Goniometer 360 has a tight hinge to keep measurements in place and is sturdy, yet flexible enough to easily fit in your equipment bag.
Most individuals are familiar with manual blood pressure monitor (sphygmomanometer), which is comprised of an inflatable cuff attached to a small hand pump and measuring scale. Blood pressure monitors are ideal for fitness professionals who are monitoring more than body composition, particularly those who work with older and other at-risk clients. Manual blood pressure monitors offer outstanding accuracy with a bit of practice and are handy to help you determine how intense of a program you can assign to your clients, even if measurements are only performed during the initial assessment. Keep in mind that all manual blood pressure monitors also require a stethoscope to properly measure diastolic in addition to systolic blood pressure.
The MDF Sphygmomanometer – Professional Blood Pressure Monitor with Adult Sized Cuff comes with a three year warranty, a lifetime calibration warranty and is widely used amongst health industry professionals thanks to its quality and reliability.
A stethoscope is a medical instrument used to listen to the internal sounds of the human body (heart beat, breathing etc.). Stethoscopes look like a paid of headphones with a flat bell at the opposite end. Pair a quality stethoscope together with your manual blood pressure monitor to take accurate blood pressure readings every time. When using a stethoscope and manual blood pressure monitor, be sure that you follow all of the protocols and procedures learned during your training.
The 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope has a dual head and offers excellent acoustic performance so you’ll be confident when providing your clients with their blood pressure readings.
For those who want to eliminate the manual pumping and know-how required to use a traditional manual blood pressure monitor, the semi-automatic blood pressure monitor makes it a breeze. Once the inflatable cuff is placed securely on the upper arm, simply inflate the cuff manually and with the press of a single button, the semi-auto blood pressure monitor does the rest of the work during deflation.
The ADC ADVANTAGE Semi-Auto Upper Arm Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is recommended here for its accurate readings and ease of use. One button press is all it takes to obtain consistent and accurate readings on the easy-to-read digital display screen.
Simple and effective, measuring tape is a must have for all personal trainers. Measuring tape looks like a typical ruler, but is made of flexible material so you can measure things other than flat surfaces. One of the best ways to track a client’s progress is through the measurement of various body parts at regular intervals. Measuring tape makes this simple and easy to do.
The Flexible Soft Tape Measure is made of high-quality flexible plastic material and measures 5ft (60 inches/150 centimeters) so you can easily track your clients as they continue to hit each of their fitness goals.
While there are many other factors that should be measured when reviewing a client’s progress, bodyweight is perhaps the most common and easiest metric to track. It is generally recommended that you weigh your clients once a week at the same time each week, in order to avoid the day-to-day fluctuations that could skew the results.
The Greater Goods Digital Bathroom Scale with Backlit LCD digital scale makes it easy to monitor bodyweight fluctuations in a matter of seconds. Digital body weight scales are convenient when you’re simply looking for a quick and accurate measurement in between full assessments.
Body weight alone doesn’t tell the whole story. Losing 5 lbs of muscle is a lot different than losing 5 lbs of fat. This is why client assessments should generally include other types of measurements.
The Greater Goods Digital Scale with Body Composition makes it easy to measure weight, BMI, body fat, lean mass, hydration, and bone density. Similar to the standard digital bodyweight scale, this digital scale uses bioelectrical impedance to estimate an individual’s body composition. If you’re looking for additional information and don’t want to go through a full assessment, this is a valuable and convenient option for all personal trainers.
Way back before computers were invented, people used analog devices. When you’re looking for simplicity and don’t want to bother with batteries, sometimes classic is better.
The Salter Pro Helix Professional Analog Scale makes it easy to measure an individual’s body weight. Simply step on and the analog scale quickly outputs in both pounds and kilograms.
Whether jotting down client notes or completing a workout log, a clipboard offers a firm surface on which to take notes during your personal training sessions. Using a clipboard is far better than having loose papers getting wrinkled while flapping in the wind and demonstrates to your clients that you’re dedicated to their success.
I recommend wooden clipboards like the Trade Quest Hardboard Clipboard due to their durability as I’ve found clipboards made of plastic types can crack easily, especially when stuffed into your bag.
Heart rate monitors are a fantastic way to assess an individual’s cardiac response to various types of training. A heart rate monitor estimates heart rate based on a complex algorithm. Most heart rate monitors are either strapped to the chest or around the wrist, transmitting captured data to a receiver. Both types offer great accuracy, but because they are placed physically closer to the heart, chest straps are generally considered to be more reliable. Heart rate monitors allow the trainer to monitor intensity and provide feedback to ensure the client is training within the appropriate heart rate levels to achieve specific fitness goals.
The industry-leading Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor & Fitness Tracker is waterproof to withstand the most intense workouts and can be paired via Bluetooth to your smart phone. The battery is replaceable ensuring that the unit lasts you for many workouts to come.
Similar to its chest strap cousin, the wrist heart rate monitor offers many of the same fitness-tracking benefits. Placed on the wrist, it can be less obtrusive but can only be monitored by the individual wearing the device.
The Polar A300 Fitness Tracker and Activity Monitor with Heart Rate is lightweight, waterproof and can be paired with a compatible chest strap or monitor heart rate directly from the wrist.
Pedometers are amongst the most basic of tools available to track an individual’s exercise. Secure the pedometer to a piece of clothing or around the neck and it will track the total number of steps an individual takes as well as provide an estimate of the amount of calories burned. The analog unit maintains count as the body swings from side to side during physical activity.
The OZO Fitness SC2 Digital Pedometer is easy to set up, comes with a strong clip to keep it in place and logs an accurate count of steps taken. While they are not considered the most sophisticated of instruments, pedometers are uncomplicated and easy for anyone to use and understand.
A simple way to keep count of reps, sets, laps and more. Simply click the button and the counter increases incrementally by one. This unit fits in the palm of your hand and because it is a manual device, there is no need for costly batteries or cords.
Simple and effective, the Digi 1st TC-04 Hand Tally Counter is made of durable materials and ensures you have an accurate count each and every time.
Within certain fitness programs, you’ll want to gauge your client’s grip strength. This Grip Strength Tester has various presets for various genders/ages and the machine will provide an estimate of the client’s strength performance (weak, normal, strong) for the based on gender/age and output can be toggled between pounds or kilograms.
The Camry 200 Lbs / 90 Kgs Digital Hand Dynamometer Grip Strength Measurement Meter Auto Capturing Hand Grip Power is used as a professional testing device for handgrip strengths in many physical therapy clinics and gyms. This handy device can measure grip strength up to 198lbs / 90kgs, with its high precision sensor, with a deviation of 0.2lbs / 0.1kgs.
As a personal trainer, you’ll be constantly monitoring your client’s performance both in the gym and on the field. Whether measuring their 40 yard sprint time or rest period in between sets, you’ll often find that it’s important to keep an accurate measure of time elapsed.
A stop watch is perfect for personal trainers since it highly portable, has a large digital display and is programmed specifically with accurate time keeping in mind. Although there are a number of smartphone apps available these days, it’s not always ideal to be staring at your screen during a training session, so having a traditional stop watch helps to provide a better client experience.
Never miss a beat with the ACCUSPLIT Pro Survivor – A601XBK Stopwatch, Clock, Extra Large Display (Black). This unit comes highly recommended for its straightforward design and functionality.
These incredibly durable bands are great for even the most challenging of workouts. Able to handle loads of up to 150 lbs, these bands are the perfect way to add extra resistance to your client’s workouts by attaching them to barbells, to assist with pull ups, to perform band-specific exercises or simply to perform dynamic or static stretches.
The WODFitters Assisted Pull-up Resistance Band Set is convenient and easy to carry, and is a must-have item for any serious trainer. Completely versatile, you can use them in a variety of settings and exercises.
These durable resistance tubes come in five different resistance strengths so you can progress and regress each exercise as needed. Highly versatile, the bands come with attachable handles which make it easy to perform a wide variety of exercises to target any body part. Convenient for trainers on the go or in a standard gym setting.
The Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set comes with everything you need to create a solid workout program, including a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart, and carrying case. Because you can attach multiple tubes to each handle, the set offers a wide range of resistance for athletes of all levels.
These lightweight bands come in five different resistance strengths so you can progress and regress each exercise as needed. The bands are 12” in length, so they can comfortably fit around your legs or arms, depending on which area you are targeting. These bands are best used for light resistance training, physiotherapy, pilates, yoga or general stretching, and are not intended for extreme loads.
The Limm Exercise Resistance Loop Bands – Set of 5 are priced competitively and include an instructional booklet & carrying pouch so you can bring it with you to whether on the go or in the gym.
A standard and simple foam squat bar pad. Attach the squat pad to the barbell to distribute the load when clients are performing squats and other across-the-back exercises to minimize risk of injury and soreness. Very lightweight and the convenient velcro closure makes it easy to attach and detach quickly. Great for beginner and intermediate users who aren’t used to carrying heavy loads across their back.
The Yes4All Bar Pad is the standard squat pad found in most gyms and fits neatly across the traps and shoulders to create a comfortable cushion barrier between the bar and body.
The original Manta Ray squat pad quickly attaches to the barbell to evenly distribute the load of the bar and pressure placed across your client’s shoulders and traps. Great for beginner and intermediate users who aren’t used to carrying heavy loads across their back and the Manta Ray is more secure/stable than a standard foam pad as it is contoured to fit most upper backs/traps.
The Manta Ray Squat Pad has been designed to conform to the curvature of the upper back and shoulder muscles so you and your clients can focus on proper form and technique. Snaps on quickly and easily to any standard olympic-sized barbell.
Chalk is cheap. Lifting chalk removes moisture and dries the hands so that your client does not lose grip when performing certain exercises such as deadlifts and bent-over rows. Perfect way to enhance grip strength naturally without the use of straps or gloves. Can be a bit messy, so make sure it is approved for use in your gym.
This 300 Gram ( 10.58 oz ) Bag of Loose Gym Chalk provides a huge value and bang for your buck. Use it for weight lifting, gymnastics, rock climing and more.
Standard weight collars prevent the weight plates from moving around on the bar when an exercise is being performed. Helps to minimize the risk of injury due to weights falling off or shifting during the movement. Particularly useful for any exercises when the bar is being held overhead.
Look for the Impex Marcy Olympic Bar Spring Clip Collar standard coil collars to help keep your weights in place. These collars are tension loaded and made from durable materials to allow you to focus on maximizing load while avoiding injury for you and your clients.
These durable clamps are perfect for ensuring that the weights stay in place and on the bar, in order to avoid injury and accidents when exercising. Clamps are convenient as they easily slide on and off of olympic barbells with the flip of a switch. The reliability of clamps also tend to be longer lasting than traditional weight collars which can become worn or warped with time.
We recommend the Ritfit 2″ Inch Locking Clamps with Quick Release (Set Of 2) to keep your weight plates secure on any standard 2″ olympic barbell. They snap on and off quickly, allowing you to move quickly between sets.
The purpose of a belt is to increase intra-abdominal pressure, which provides added back support. Pushing your stomach against the belt creates an internal force that acts on the anterior side of your spine, acting to stabilize your entire body for a solid foundation during exercise. This translates into more energy being directed to moving the load and less to maintaining body position.
A nylon belt like the Harbinger Weightlifting Belt with Flexible Ultra-light Foam Core, 5-Inch provides sufficient support for those difficult lifts while being easy on the wallet. The velcro band makes strapping the belt on and off a breeze. Perfect for the casual lifter who is not weightlifting competitively.
Leather weight lifting belts provide additional support, stability and durability for those who are training with larger loads or those who simply prefer the more rigid feel of the leather material.
The Valeo 6-Inch Padded Leather Belt With 1/4 Inch Cowhide And Suede Lining provides a soft, padded lining inside to provide additional support and comfort during your heaviest lifts.
Single-prong leather belts such as the Single Prong Powerlifting Belt 10mm Weight Lifting Black provide a high degree of support without the added padding. The single prong latch makes it easy to put on and remove, while still being secure enough to give you all the confidence you need during those heavy lifts.
A double-prong lifting belt such as the Serious Steel Fitness 10MM Lifting Belt comes with all the support of a single-prong lifting belt, but provides an added layer of security with its double-latch. Because a lifting belt is pulled tightly and snugly during a lift, it will feel more stable but requires slightly more effort to put on and take off.
If you’re looking to avoid struggling with traditional pronged lifting belts, check out the Lever Buckle Powerlifting Belt 10mm. It provides a similar level of support back support with a uniquely-designed lever to quickly close and release. The price of this belt beats out similar but more expensive belts hands down.
Dips are fantastic exercises, but the amount of resistance is limited to your bodyweight. That is, of course, unless you have a dip belt. A traditional dip belt has a chain on one side with a clip on the end, which threads through the other side of the belt so you can add additional weight in order to progress the exercise.
We recommend the Harbinger Polypropylene Weight Dip Belt with 34-Inch Steel Chain to progress dips to target the chest and triceps, or for pull ups to work the back and lats.
When pulling heavy weights, it’s common for the forearms to fatigue more quickly than the targeted body part. For example, when deadlifting 300+ lbs, the larger back muscles can generally handle the weight load much more effectively than the smaller muscles of the forearms.
By using lifting straps, you effectively take the forearms out of the equation, allowing the targeted muscle to handle nearly all of the load. This generally enables you to lift heavier weights for a greater number of repetitions.
The Harbinger Heavy Cotton Lifting Straps (Pair) are comfortable and easy to use. Simply wrap slip them over your wrists and wrap the strap over the bar, and you’re ready to go.
Very similar to standard cotton lifting straps, the Harbinger 213 21 1/2-Inch Classic Cotton Padded Lifting Straps have a layer of padding on the inside to provide additional support on the back of your wrist. Lifting heavy weights can put unnecessary pressure on your wrists, so be sure to protect them if you’re feeling excess levels of discomfort.
Leather lifting straps accomplish the same goal as cotton lifting straps. Some individuals simply prefer the look and feel of leather over cotton.
These Harbinger DuraHide Real Leather Lifting Straps provide a high level of comfort and durability for those looking for added grip support during heavy lifts.
These RDX Leather Weight Lifting Gym Straps come with an added layer of padding to protect the back of the wrist against the weight being pulled. Some athletes prefer the additional comfort, while others enjoy the more natural feel of the non-padded variety. It all comes down to personal preference.
Lifting hooks perform the same function as lifting straps, but offer a more rigid solution for lagging forearm strength. By “hooking” onto the bar, the targeted muscles will be emphasized throughout the lift while relieving tension on the forearms, thus allowing you to lift heavier weights for a greater number of repetitions.
These Heavy Duty PRO Metal Lifting Steel Hooks 6mm Set of 2 have a 600lb pull rating, an adjustable, comfortable neoprene strap and durable steel hook to keep you lifting heaver and longer.
A crucial, yet often overlooked body part is the neck. A weak link causes the whole chain to fail and stress tends to gather in our shoulders and neck, especially when these muscles are neglected.
The Harbinger Padded Leather Head Harness is a classic piece of equipment that is rarely found in fitness facilities these days. It consists of a durable leather strap and steel chain to affix the desired weight. Simply strap the harness over your head and use the resistance of gravity to strengthen and develop the muscles of the neck.
An ab wheel is designed to create strength and stability in the core ab muscles, which are critical for other exercises such as squats and deadlifts. Grasping both handles on either side of the ab wheel, extend your upper body outwards, then contract inwards for an intense ab workout.
The Valeo Ab Wheel With Easy Grip Handles is highly portable and highly effective. The dual-wheel design creates added stability to prevent slipping during movement. Bring it with you to any of your training sessions to aid your clients in sculpting a chiseled mid section.
Core rollers function similarly to a standard ab wheel, but allow for separate movement of each arm. Just as with other movements, when each arm is allowed to move independently, you can perform staggered exercises to target various areas of the muscle.
The SKLZ Core Wheels Dynamic Strength & Ab Trainer offers a mobile solution for trainers who want a variety of equipment available to help their clients build the abs they are looking for.
Glider discs are another great piece of equipment to assist with building the core ab muscles. The glider discs can be used with the hands or feet, to target both the upper and lower abdominals.
The Elite Core Exercise Sliders – 2 Gliding Discs are designed to work on either carpet or hard floors, so you can take them with you to your clients’ homes or use them in the gym. They are lightweight and flexible enough to fit in any gym bag for workouts on the go.
Used primarily to target the pectoral muscles of the chest, push ups have been the staple of any bodyweight exercise regimen. However, because the range of motion of a traditional push up is limited to the length of the individual’s arms, the push up bar was invented. The heigh of the push up bars extends the distance traveled during the movement, creating a deeper motion and overall more effective exercise.
Check out the Perfect Fitness Perfect Pushup Elitepush up bars for their ability to rotate, allowing even further contraction of the chest muscles throughout the pressing movement. Another great piece of equipment that is mobile enough to take with you, or keep at your favorite gym.
Push ups are amongst the best type of body weight exercise available, primarily working the pectoral muscles. Unfortunately, the range of motion is limited to the length of the individuals arms. Push up bars change that by extending the distance traveled during the exercise.
The 321 Strong Push Up Bars With Comfort Grip and Ergonomic Angle are made of a lightweight an durable plastic material, with foam handle grips for secure comfort and rubber foot stops for enhanced stability. These push up bars are angled so you can perform both incline as well as decline push ups, depending upon your program.
Raising the legs in an upwards motion helps to target the lower abs more effectively. Traditionally, lying leg lifts have been used to work the lower portion of the core. Depending upon the angle used in a lying leg lift, the more or less engaged the abs will be. Hanging ab straps are perfect to allow the movement against the full resistance of gravity while hanging vertically from an overhead bar.
The Valeo Heavy Duty Ab Straps With Steel Caribiner Attachments are made of durable vinyl, are padded for extra comfort, and have strong steel attachments to ensure a safe, secure and effective ab workout.
The forearms contain many muscles that help with grip and rotation of the lower arm. Exercises such as wrist curls target the muscles directly, while heavy deadlifts and farmers carries can build them indirectly.
The Yes4All Wrist and Forearm Blaster offers another effective method of working the forearm muscles directly. Simply attach a weight to the cable and roll the bar forward and backward to lower the weight up and down to really feel the burn.
The bicep blaster was popularized by the great Arnold Schwarzenegger and helped to build his amazing bicep peaks. You can see it being used in many of his vintage training videos. The bicep blaster straps over your neck and rests against your chest, so that you can place your elbows against it while performing bicep curls. This keeps the elbows from swaying, resulting in very a strict technique that places all of the resistance upon the biceps.
The RAD Arm Blaster is made of high quality materials, and has added padding for the elbows and neck to ensure comfort throughout the exercise.
Weights are heavy and tend to take up a lot of space. Unfortunately, not everyone has the space available to keep an entire rack of dumbbells in their home or even their private gym. This all changed recently, thanks to the invention of the Bowflex adjustable weight set. Now, its easy to keep a pair of dumbbells that can adjust to over 100lbs (up to 52.5lbs each) in the corner of your room.
The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) makes it easy to progress and regress exercises that require a pair of dumbbells. Each space-efficient dumbbell adjusts quickly between 5lbs to 52.5lbs with the turn of a dial so that you can keep your workout moving.
A Bulgarian Bag is a crescent-shaped exercise equipment used by athletes for strength training, plyometric training, cardiovascular training, and is often used in combat sport training. Traditionally made of leather, the Bulgarian Bag allows for functional movements across all planes while emphasizing grip strength.
The Bulgarian Bag – Genuine Leather (17 lb.) comes in a variety of different weights and has three different types of handles, which allows athletes to execute a variety of functional exercises by using different grips. This single piece of equipment offers a complete workout that builds strength and endurance simultaneously.
A BOSU Ball is an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a solid plastic surface. It looks like half of a stability ball attached to a flat bottom on its opposite side. The term BOSU is derived as an acronym for “Both Sides Up”, as the unit can be used on either its rounded ball side, or on its flat side. Training on an unstable surface leads to increased neuromuscular activity when compared with standing on a stable surface.
The BOSU Ball Balance Trainer allows the ability to increase the difficulty of an exercise by creating a decrease in stability. Because of its unique shape, the BOSU Ball can be used in a wide range of exercises to train balance, stability, and strength.
An abdominal mat is a padded surface to provide support and comfort for floor/ground-based core abdominal exercises. Core exercises such as crunches, sit ups and lying leg lifts can cause a lot of strain on the lower back, primarily for individuals with underdeveloped ab muscles.
The Elite Abdominal Sit-Up Pad provides the support needed to position the body optimally so that the desired core muscles can be effectively targeted.
A medicine ball is a weighted ball that is used for strength and endurance training. The medicine ball is a classic piece of equipment that has been around the fitness world for quite some time thanks to its versatility and effectiveness for all muscle groups. The medicine ball can be used with nearly all clients, as part of a program to increase strength, endurance, power and even assist with rehabilitation.
The Valeo Medicine Ball has a textured rubber finish for superb grip throughout each exercise. Medicine balls come in a wide range of weights so that you each tailor each exercise to the individual client.
Similar to a standard exercise ball, some medicine balls come with built-in handles to allow for an easier grip. The handles make it easier to grip and pass the ball during certain exercises and explosive movements.
The SPRI Dual Grip Xerball Medicine Ball is made of durable rubber material and has two large handles on either side so that it can be gripped with a single hand or with both.
Because they are round just like any other ball, medicine balls can’t seem to sit still when stored. They tend to roll around and get mixed up amongst the rest of your equipment.
That’s why it’s great to have a medicine ball tree rack like the Champion Sports Medicine Ball Tree for convenient and neat storage. Stack the medicine balls vertically to save space while making it quick and easy to find the size and weight you’re looking for.
A slam ball is similar to a traditional medicine ball, but is much softer, not as rigid and doesn’t hold it’s shape as firmly. Slam balls are filled with sand and are designed to be softer and more malleable so that they can be slammed against the ground and walls, improving both strength and power.
The Valor Fitness Slam Ball is available in a variety of weights and is manufactured with a soft, textured rubber surface which makes it easy to grip and slam during your workouts. Because of its durable rubber construction, you can slam it as hard as you want while remaining confident that it will last through even the toughest of workouts.
The TRX Suspension trainer is the leading bodyweight fitness apparatus on the market today. It was designed by a US Navy SEAL and is able to develop strength, balance, flexibility and stability simultaneously. It is a set of straps that are connected to leverage gravity and the individuals bodyweight to create resistance through each movement.
The TRX Training – Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor is a complete kit, is highly portable and has the capability to perform hundreds of different exercises for all body parts, including mountain climbers, rows, pushups and more.
As its name states, the TRX Suspension Trainer needs to be suspended to be properly utilized. The most stable and secure way to install the TRX Suspension trainer is by permanently attaching it to your ceiling.
The TRX X-Mount is the perfect way to get started using your TRX Suspension Trainer right away. You’ll need a stud finder, a drill and a socket wrench to install the X-Mount as well as a step ladder, depending on your ceiling height and your reach.
While the TRX Suspension Trainer is highly portable, the TRX Door Anchor makes it even easier to set up the TRX Suspension Trainer at home, in the gym or at the office. Simply affix the TRX Door Anchor over any sturdy door frame, close the door and start working out. This official door anchor takes the place of more permanent ceiling fixtures that are often difficult to install and may cause damage to certain building materials.
The TRX Rip Trainer Basic Kit was developed as a complement to the TRX Suspension Trainer, primarily to target the development of abdominal core strength and stability. Similar to the TRX Suspension Trainer, it is highly portable and highly versatile.
The TRX Rip Trainer’s unique design allows for various hand grips and angles to perform a wide range of pushing, pulling and rotational exercises.
If you’re looking for an outstanding alternative to the name-brand TRX, look no further. All suspension trainers leverage gravity and the athlete’s bodyweight to create resistance for each exercise. The difference comes in the design and materials used by each manufacturer.
The Lifeline Jungle Gym XT sets itself apart thanks mainly to its separated handles, which allows the athlete to perform a wider variety of exercise, depending upon where the handles are positioned in relation to each other (the TRX handles are affixed at a single point). Additionally, the door anchors are built in, which means you won’t have to purchase a separate piece of equipment to get started using the equipment at home.
SMFR (Self Myofascial Release), commonly referred to as ‘Foam Rolling’, is a method of soft tissue massage therapy that is principally used to remove knots and kinks in the muscle that form during workouts. Additionally, SMFR can also improve muscular flexibility, athletic performance, reduce soreness, all for the mere fraction of a cost of a full massage therapy session.
While foam rollers come in all different shapes and sizes, the SPRI High Density Foam Roller, 36-Inch is the most common type of foam roller found in gyms and used by athletes due to its dense foam and firmness.
For individuals who want a less intense muscle release, a softer version is available. Although a foam roller isn’t intended to cause harm, SMFR can be a bit painful when pressure is applied to sensitive areas and trigger points.
Check out the low-density Rehabilitation Advantage White Foam Roller 36″if you want the benefits of SMFR, but have clients that have a lower threshold for pain.
The Rumble Roller is a specially designed foam roller with rubber nubs across its outer surface. The nubs are useful for targeting deep in between muscles and stubborn muscle knots.
The original RumbleRoller Original Blue – Textured Muscle Foam Roller – 12 Inches comes in two different lengths and firmnesses so that you and your clients can safely and effectively release soft tissue while enjoying the feeling of an in-home massage.
An agility ladder looks like a standard ladder, but it is flexible and laid down flat on the ground. It’s a convenient way to help your clients train speed, agility and quickness through a variety of foot and coordination drills.
The Yes4All Yellow 8-Rung 11 feet Durable Agility Ladder folds up neatly into a portable carrying pouch so you can bring it with you to your clients’ homes, the park or simply leave it at the gym.
Sure, you could have your clients run drills at the park using trees and dirt patches as landmarks, but luckily, there is a better way.
Field marker discs such as the 50-Pack Kevenz 2″ High Multicolor Soccer Disc Cones Markers is the preferred way of marking a designated course for speed and agility training. This 50 pack of bright colors is particularly useful in outdoor settings so you can highlight the route for your clients, allowing them to focus on the exercises rather than finding the markers.
Sometimes field marker discs aren’t visible enough due to the length of grass you’re training in or the distance being marked. For some courses, cones are just better.
The Champion Sports Hi-Visibility Vinyl Cones, 12″ Tall, Orange will guide your clients through even the most complex of courses. These durable vinyl cones each weigh in at 1.5lbs each, ensuring that they don’t blow over easily in the wind.
Finding alternative ways to keep your training sessions interesting is one of the most important skills a great personal trainer can have. A reaction ball allows you to train your clients’ agility, reaction speed and reflexes because of its unique shape.
Unlike a perfect sphere, the SKLZ Agility and Quickness Reaction Ballbounces unpredictably thanks to its lop-sided and uneven surfaces. The reaction ball is perfect for athletes, but can be used with any client population that could use some sharpening of their reaction time and reflexes.
Speed training hurdles are great for athletes and weekend warriors alike, and are a fantastic addition to any trainer’s speed and agility training equipment. Simply space the hurdles apart, arrange them in a challenge obstacle course, and have your client accelerate through the course with high knees, quick feet and and jumping drills.
The Trademark Innovations Set Of 5 Adjustable Speed Training Hurdles comes in a set of 5 hurdles and each hurdle is adjustable between 8″ and 12″ so you can progress or regress the exercise based on your client’s abilities. The bright green color makes it great for training indoors or outdoors, to help prevent clients from stumbling over them.
Running is a great way to improve speed, but it tends to fall short in developing strength and core stability, which is critical in overall fitness and sports performance. Some individuals are able to run for miles without even breaking a sweat. With a running bungee, that is no longer the case. Simply the harness to the client’s waist and either hold the opposite end or attach it to a stationary object such as a tree or wall and have them perform running, jumping and other drills for an intense workout.
SKLZ Recoil 360 Dynamic Resistance and Assistance Trainer. Multi-Sport, Solo or Partner Belt with Bungee is made of durable sheathed cable with so you wont have to worry about the bungee snapping during an exercise. The cable stretches between 8′ and 22′ and provides up to 50lbs of resistance so your clients can maximize their workouts, while improving their speed and strength.
A balance pad is is a soft foam pad that bends and yields to an individual’s weight, which creates instability as compared with a solid and stable surface. The unstable surface creates the perfect conditions to develop the abdominal core and other smaller stabilizer muscles that aren’t worked through traditional exercises.
The Yes4All Balance Pad is made of soft EVA foam to prevent slipping and is available in multiple sizes, making it a convenient and easy way increase the difficulty of common exercises such as lunges, push-ups, squats, sit-ups, and more.
An exercise ball, also known as a stability ball or swiss ball, is one of the most commonly found pieces of equipment in most gyms thanks to its versatility and effectiveness. Stability balls are popular as they allow for a low-impact and total-body workout to develop strength and stability using a single piece of equipment. Almost any exercise can be performed on a stability ball, including crunches, push ups, dips, planks and more.
SPRI Professional Plus Xercise / Balance Ball, 65-centimeter is constructed of heavy-duty elastic and can be quickly inflated with air using the included hand-held pump.
The balance ball chair is popular at offices where ergonomics are emphasized for employee health. A balance ball chair is basically a stand with wheels on it on which to place an inflated stability ball. The instability created by the stability ball requires that the core stabilizer muscles be constantly activated to ensure proper posture.
The Gaiam Balance Ball Chair includes a 52cm stability ball, a hand air pump, and is available in a wide array of colors to match your office color scheme.
A balance disc is a small inflatable disc that creates an unstable surface on which to perform various exercises such as step ups, push ups, lunges, planks and more. This unstable surface helps to improve balance, coordination and flexibility, while creating an enjoyable workout.
The Yes4All Stability Disc 13″ – Purple – ²BAAPZ is made of durable vinyl and has a textured side as well as a smooth side for different grips depending upon the exercise being performed. This inflatable balance disc also comes with a hand pump so you can quickly inflate the disc when you’re ready to work out.
We use our feet all throughout the day and they can take a beating, especially when pair our daily routine with high intensity cardio during our workouts. Because the feet contain a large number of muscles, they can become sore from knots and tightness just like any other body part. To relieve the muscles of the foot, SMFR can be performed as would be done with a foam roller for other parts of the body.
The Self Massage Ball /Mobility WOD Ball – Double Lacrosse Ball /Peanut Massage Ball can be used on just about any body part, but is primarily intended as a foot massage tool that helps to relieve foot pain and is great for those with plantar fasciitis. It is shaped like two textured balls that are connected to cradle your feet for a truly relieving massage.
A Lacrosse ball is a solid rubber ball used to play the sport of Lacrosse. While you may train certain athlete populations that play actually the sport, most personal trainers will find the Lacrosse ball useful for SMFR self massage. The Lacrosse ball’s firmness, size and shape makes it ideal for targeting trigger points and muscle knots deep between muscles.
While a Lacrosse ball is traditionally white, they are also available in a wide range of colors. The Apex Sports- Lacrosse Massage Ball meets the standards of collegiate play and can be used on the field as well as in the gym for trigger point release.
With continued use overtime, muscles can adapt to a stimulus and sometimes a smooth Lacrosse ball isn’t enough to hit the most stubborn of muscle knots.
A spiked massage ball like the Massage Ball – Spikey for Deep Tissue is made of solid rubber and is textured to apply pressure directly to small points on the muscle. Small and compact, this massage ball is perfect for trainers on the go.
Few things provide more relief than a massage when you are suffering from tightness and soreness due to muscle knots and aching trigger points. Thankfully, there are many self-massage tools available for SMFR including a Massage Cane. A massage cane is a uniquely-shaped tool with numerous curves, bumps and projections that create the right amount of leverage and pressure to target the even deepest of trigger points.
The Body Back Company’s Back Buddy Self Massage Tool is made of durable plastic with an i-beam like design to provide enhanced rigidity for a stronger and safer massage. The strategically-placed curves, bumps and projections make it easy for the user to target all body parts, including the neck, back, shoulders, legs, feet and more.
Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that consists primarily of gentle flexibility and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength, muscle balance and mobility. Perhaps the most common piece of equipment used in Pilates is the Pilates ring, which is a durable plastic or metal ring with a 12-14″ diameter and padding on either side. The tension of the Pilates ring provides resistance which can be used between the hands to work out the upper body, or between the thighs for an extra workout of the adductors.
The Pilates Ring – Fitness Circle has a 14″ diameter with non-slip foam pads on both the inside and outside of the ring so your clients can have a safe and effective workout.
At some point almost every fitness program will require you do some exercises on the floor. Exercise mats are padded foam mats that help to cushion the body from the cold, hard floor or ground. To get the best results, you should look for a mat that’s appropriate for your routine, physical size and storage needs.
The Crown Sporting Goods 3/4-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat with No Stick Ridge is a high-density foam mat that measures 72″L x 24″ W x 3/4″D and rolls up securely with velcro straps for convenient storage and transportation between training sessions.
Personal trainers that tend to hold their training sessions in a consistent gym or space may want to try a different type of exercise mat – the hanging exercise mat.
The SPRI Hanging Exercise Mat measures, 56″L x 23″W x 5/8″D and is ideal for most types of exercises due to its size and thickness, which makes it comfortable to perform floor-based exercises. These hanging mats also include convenient grommet rings at the top which can be used to hang the mats for easy and compact storage.
This SPRI Wall-Mounted Hanging Exercise Mat Rack is 23.5″ in length and is designed specifically for the SPRI hanging exercise mats with pegs that are spaced 19″ apart. Rather than piling up exercise mats in the corner of the gym, this sturdy hanging rack is the perfect way to save some space and tidy up your workout area.
Yoga is a form of exercise, traditionally a spiritual practice which includes breath control, meditation, and specific body poses for the improvement of health and relaxation. A Yoga mat is a textured, non-slip surface that allows the individual to perform a variety of specific poses during practice. Yoga mats come in a variety of thicknesses, styles and colors.
The Gaiam Premium Solid Two-Sided Yoga Mat, Granite Storm is a lightweight mat that measures 68″L x 24″W x ¼”D and offers a large array of colors so you can find one that fits your personality and style.
Yoga practitioners have a lot of personality and often want to find a Yoga mat that matches their style. Having a uniquely printed yoga mat can also be useful so your mat doesn’t blend in with a whole room full of other practitioners.
The Gaiam Premium Print Yoga Mat printed Yoga mats measure 68″L x 24″W x 5mm D, have a non-slip textured surface and come in a variety of fun and exciting styles.
A Yoga block is a solid foam rectangle that is used for stretching and aids the individual with performing certain poses. Because most Yoga poses are performed on the flat ground, a Yoga block helps to deepen the pose by staggering the height of certain body parts. Yoga blocks are useful for both the beginner and seasoned Yoga practitioner, and is particularly helpful for those who struggle with flexibility and/or balance.
The Gaiam Yoga Block is lightweight, compact and measures 9″W x 6″H x 4″D. Made of soft, supportive and durable foam to quietly and gently aid with increasing strength, flexibility and balance during even the most enduring of Yoga sessions.
Battle ropes are heavy-duty ropes that come in varying weights, lengths and thicknesses, and are used for dynamic, high-intensity strength and endurance building exercises. The individual explosively flips the ropes up and down, driving up from the toes through the knees and quads while extending the torso and whipping the arms vertically and laterally. The key to their effectiveness is that they work each arm independently, eliminating strength imbalances that can be created by other types of exercises. Battle ropes offer a full-body workout that develops the core, hips, shoulders, arms and even smaller stabilizer muscles that cannot be targeted through traditional types of exercise.
The Battle Rope NEXPro – Polydac Undulation Rope Exercise Fitness Training – 2″ width Avail. in 30ft, 40ft, 50ft Length provides a durable battling rope with 2″ in width and comes in varying lengths. The intense full body workout will leave your clients exhausted and energized until their next training session.
Battling ropes require a durable stable anchor to ensure it remains in place through the workout and the Anchor Strap Kit (Pair) for Battle Rope Training by Ignite Fitness does just that. Made of tough nylon and a heavy duty carabiner, the battle rope anchor ensures a safe, fun and effective battle rope workout for you and your clients.
Step aerobics offers an outstanding cardio workout and can be performed in just a small area when space is limited. A high-step box staggers the flooring so that the individual can step up and step down to better engage the leg muscles during the aerobic workout.
The The Step Original Aerobic Platform – Health Club Size measures 40”L x 14”W x 4”H and comes with four risers to adjust the height of the step box platform so you can progress and regress the exercise as needed. Made of durable plastic, this high step box is rated to withstand up to 300lbs of intense exercise.
Plyometric boxes, or plyo boxes, are the next step up from high step boxes and are intended to be used for plyometric exercises such as high box jumps. Plyometrics are an essential component of training for athletes as it builds explosive power, speed and agility. Most plyo boxes come in a variety of heights for different ability levels and can be used in just about any gym.
The Ader Foam Soft Plyo Box 6”,12”,18” (6” 12” 18”) comes with three stackable soft foam boxes each with a landing face area of 30″L x 36″W and can be configured to heights of 6″ , 12″ , 18″, 24″, 30″ and 36″. Each box has two handles on either side and velcro strips for added stability and repositioning.
Plyometric boxes have gained popularity in recent years as a useful tool to build explosive power. Plyo boxes have a wide range of applications, and find use particularly within athlete populations due to their simple design and effectiveness.
The Plyometric Jump Box Set of 4 – 12″,18″,24″,30″ are made of sturdy metal with rubber tops to prevent slippage, and the set of 4 comes with heights of 12″, 18″, 24″ and 30″ so you can progress and regress exercises as needed.
Some individuals can run for miles on end without tiring or breaking a sweat. A weighted running vest is strapped to the chest of the individual and can be fitted with weights or small sandbags to increase the difficulty of any movement-based exercise such as running, walking, hiking, sit ups and more.
Pure Fitness Adjustable Weighted Training/Exercise Vest, One Size Fits Most is fully adjustable and includes 16 sand-filled 0.88 lb weights that are easy to insert and remove, making it easy to increase or decrease the weight of the vest. Reflective shoulder trim helps to add visibility so your clients can keep working out even in the evening and in low-light conditions.
The human body is comprised of nearly two-thirds water as it is essential nutrient and waste transportation as well as in maintaining our body temperature. Water consumption is particularly important during physical exercise as much of our water is released through perspiration. That’s why it is so important to stay hydrated before, during and after an intense workout.
The Hydro Flask 64 oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is made with double-wall vacuum insulated technology, keeping liquids hot for up to 6 Hours, and cold for up to 24 Hours. Hydroflask beverage containers are also made of non-toxic BPA-free plastics and food-grade stainless steel.
One way to measure client progress is by tracking their vertical jump ability. A vertical jump tester includes a set of arms that rotate when pushed to either side, attached to a tall pole or apparatus. The individual will attempt to touch the arms at the highest point of the jump. The overall jump score is measured as the difference in distance between the standing reach height and the jump height.
The Tandem Sport Vertical Challenger Jump Tester is made of solid construction with a stable base and telescopes in height from 4′ to 12′ with moveable arms placed at 1″ increments.
A high-altitude training mask is a special type of mask that is worn during a workout to imitate a low-oxygen environment found in high-altitudes by restricting the flow of oxygen into your lungs. Thinner at higher-altitudes, making it more difficult to breathe and perform intense physical activity. The idea behind these masks is based on the results of athletes who have trained at high-altitudes, only to discover increased endurance and strength upon returning to normal altitudes due to the added “resistance” placed upon the muscular and cardio-respiratory systems.
The Training Mask 2.0 Elevation Training Mask is made with a neoprene sleeve and plastic valves, and comes with a set of training valves to simulate a variety of elevations from 3,000 feet through 18,000 feet.
Ankle / wrist weights are bands or pouches with sand or metal weights inside that attach to your ankle or wrists to increase resistance during physical exercise. Whether it be running, jogging, hiking or weight training, ankle / wrist weights can take your workout up a notch.
The Valeo 10-Pound Adjustable Ankle / Wrist Weights (5 Pounds Each) are simple and portable. Each strap comes with a set of five 1lb weights and are adjustable in size with the velcro straps and D-ring setup.
The jump rope is an exercise tool that most individuals have been familiar with since grade school. It is made up of a piece of rope or cable with two handles attached to each end and the individual swings the rope so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. Jumping rope is a total-body, high-intensity activity that can burn a large amount of calories in a short amount of time while improving agility, hand-to-eye coordination, and balance.
The Valeo Deluxe Adjustable Speed Jump Rope has a simple and lightweight design so that it can be used in all types of training. It has a solid rubber rope with padded foam handles and is highly portable so you can give your clients an intense aerobic workout just about anywhere.
A weighted speed rope is essentially a jump rope with weighted handles to provide more momentum during the swing for quicker rotations. A weighted speed rope and jump rope both offer the same basic benefits, however, the weighted speed rope emphasizes speed and quickness and is better for developing coordination and conditioning by increasing the speed of the rope.
The Valeo 2-Pound Weighted Solid Rubber Jump Rope, Adjustable 10-Foot Length has two separate removable 1lb weights that can be inserted into each handle for a quicker swing and more intense workout.
Boxing gloves, we all know of them. Boxing gloves are weighted, padded gloves used in the sport of boxing and are designed primarily to protect the hand of the attacker rather than the defender. Boxing and sparring are excellent high-intensity full-body workouts, with the right equipment. Without boxing gloves, we would see a lot more broken hands in the sport, since the hand bones are very small and aren’t made to take on such forceful impacts.
The Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves (Black, 12 oz.) comes in a variety of colors and are weighted either 12 oz, 14 oz or 16 oz, which is standard for most training populations. These gloves come with dense, two-layer foam for better shock absorbency and to promote proper punching technique.
Because the goal of sparring is to develop skill and technique as opposed to knocking out your sparring partner, sparring pads such as punch mitts are a must-have for any personal trainer who plans to include boxing and sparring in their clients’ fitness programs. Sparring punch mitts are basically gloves with a large pad attached to the palm area and are used to absorb the impact from an attacker’s punches, with the purpose of improving form and technique.
The Everlast Punch Mitts weigh less than 1lb and are made from durable materials with thick padding to ensure a safe training session for you and your client.
Sparring is a contact sport which means blows to the head are not unlikely. The safety of you and your client should always be of utmost priority, which means a padded sparring helmet should be worn at all times if there will be any striking to any part of the body besides directly to sparring pads.
The Everlast Everfresh Head Gear has an adjustable chin strap for a secure fit and is designed to fit most adults. The thick padding around the head, face and chin make sure that your workouts are safe and enjoyable.
For serious martial arts training, kick pads should be worn to prevent injury to the lower body. A kick pad is a thick pad that is worn by the trainer around their forearm by placing their arm through the handle grips, kind of like a riot shield. The attacker will strike the pad by kicking or punching it, preventing injury to both individuals.
The Everlast Thai Pad (Black) has thick padding and reinforced stitching to ensure a long-lasting product for your combat sports training program. The open grip handles make it comfortable for the holder so that their arm isn’t covered like a sweaty glove.
A punching bag, or a heavy bag, is a stuffed bag made of leather or vinyl and is used primarily among boxers for improving boxing technique and building punching power. Using a punching bag provides resistance to absorb the blows when a sparring partner is unavailable. Boxing and sparring are full-body workouts, primarily emphasizing the upper body.
The Everlast 70-Pound MMA Poly Canvas Heavy Bag (Black) is a 70lb bag made of premium synthetic leather with heavy-duty nylon straps for added strength and durability. This punching bag also comes with an adjustable chain and swivel so that the height can be configured for individual size and preference. This type of punching bag requires being hung from the ceiling, so be sure you have a stud or beam available to support at 70+lb bag and chain.
Certain gyms and spaces will not have the ceiling support required to hang a heavy punching bag that weighs 50-100lbs or more. The free-standing heavy bag has all of the benefits of an ordinary hanging punching bag, but it comes with a convenient and sturdy stand on which to support itself from the ground up. The free-standing heavy bag can be used in just about any gym setting utilizing only a small footprint.
The Everlast PowerCore Freestanding Heavy Bag is adjustable from 52″ to 65″ in height and its sturdy plastic base can be easily filled with sand, water or any similar material of your choice. Although, sand does tend to weigh the bag down a bit more so it better stays in place.
Speed bags are small, air-filled bags anchored at the top to a rebound platform parallel to the ground. Speed bags help a fighter train to keep their hands up during a bout, improve hand-eye coordination, and to shift their weight left and right when punching.
The Everlast Leather Speed Bag (Large) comes in two different sizes (medium 9″ x 6″ and large 10″ x 7″) and each is made of leather with reinforced seams for added durability. Simply pump the bag up with air using any standard air pump and needle, and you’re ready to go. Note that the required mounting hardware is sold separately.
For a true speed bag experience, the speed bag will need to be securely attached to a swivel and rebound platform. However, speed bags are typically sold separately from the mounting hardware required to set them up.
The Everlast Elite Adjustable Speedbag Platform includes a swivel, two brace boards and a 1″ thick rebound board with a 24″ diameter, large enough to hold just about any sized speed bag.
A running parachute is made of a thin fabric or material attached by a cord to a harness worn around the waist of a runner or sprinter in order to improve speed, endurance and strength. The running parachute acts like parachutes that are attached to jet airplanes to capture the wind, creating a strong resistance to slow them down as the air expands the parachute.
The SKLZ Original Speed Chute w/ 54″ Diameter and 360-Degree Rotation Belt has a fully-adjustable 2″ nylon belt that rotates 360 degrees so that the parachute is free to move with whichever direction the wind is blowing. This running parachute also comes with a quick-release buckle so that you can release the chute mid run to really feel the boost from running with resistance to none.
Used often by football players and other professional athletes, a running weight sled is a simple piece of equipment designed to hold weights to create resistance while running. The runner will either attach a harness to the weight sled or run by simply pushing or pulling the sled, building speed, endurance and strength. Running sleds are typically made of metal and are designed to perform best on grass, carpet or astroturf.
The Titan Fitness HD Weight Sled Low Push Pull Heavy High Crossfit Training is made of heavy-duty steel that can bear up to 600lbs and breaks down quickly for convenient transportation and storage. Weighing in at 64lbs for the sled alone, your clients can get a great workout in with or without additional weights.
A slide board is a smooth mat that is used to slide on from side to side for a unique cardio workout. Hockey players and speed skaters have used slide boards to supplement their training to boost speed and endurance for a while and they have recently gained popularity amongst the general fitness crowd for their simplicity and ease of use.
The Balance 1 Slide Board-70 Inch(6FT)-Super Smooth Board with free Lycra booties! is available in 6ft and 7ft lengths and is made of . This set comes with a pair of lycra booties which should be worn around the outside of the individual’s exercise shoes for best results.
The forearms contain many small muscles that aren’t always worked properly through traditional exercises such as wrist curls. Fat Gripz were created to mimic the increased muscle activation gained by using a thick bar during resistance exercises. Fat Gripz are placed around a traditional olympic sized barbell, thus increasing the diameter of the bar for greater muscle stimulation, generating increased strength and muscle mass in the forearms. Studies show that increased strength in the forearms leads to greater overall strength by preventing a weak link in the kinetic chain.
The original Fat Gripz – The Ultimate Arm Builder have an inside diameter of 1″ and are made of a thick rubber-like compound that convert traditional barbells into thick bars for a tougher and more effective workout.
Massage bars are textured bars designed to aid with SMFR self-massage when you’re ailing from sore-muscles. Similar to using a foam roller, the massage stick is held with both hands using the handles on either side, and is slowly rolled up and down the legs, arms, shoulders or any other body parts until the trigger points are located and massaged out.
The Extreme Massage Bar by GoFit is made of a durable and sturdy rubber material to really get deep into the muscle tissue to drive out knots.
Weightlifting gloves are a staple for individuals who are new to weightlifting or simply wish to avoid the feel of the coarse metallic bar driving into their palms. Although experienced athletes will argue that weightlifting gloves detract from the exercise to a certain extent, weightlifting gloves will provide extra grip to prevent the bar from slipping during workouts while also protecting the skin from becoming calloused or torn.
The Harbinger Men’s Power Weightlifting Gloves with StretchBack Mesh and Leather Palm (Pair) is made of durable materials, comes in five different sizes (S – XXL) and has a layer of double-leather covering the padded palm for extra comfort and grip.
Some fitness-minded individuals will want to perform exercises at home but may not have all of the right equipment. Doorway pull up bars is a specifically designed bar that fits over the top of most standard door frames and the individual’s body weight causes them to stay in place as the bar pushes against the wall in both directions.
The Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar – Extreme Edition is made of heavy-duty steel to hold up to 300lbs and is designed to fit in most standard door frames between 24-34″ wide for a convenient in-home workout.
An inversion table is special type of table used in inversion therapy for spinal decompression and improved circulation. Inversion tables have foot or ankle harnesses and straps to secure the individual to the table and rotate, or invert, allowing the individual to hang either fully upside down or at an angle. When the head is lower than the feet, the spine will decompress, which should relieve any pressure and pain developed over time.
The IRONMAN Gravity 4000 Highest Weight Capacity Inversion Table is made of high-quality steel, has molded ankle cushions for added comfort, inverts up to 180 degrees and can support up to 350lbs. This inversion table measures 26″W x 65″H x 49″D and folds up for compact and convenient storage.