Did your grandmother write you yet another cheque for Christmas? Got a better deal than you expected on those Boxing Day electronics? Didn’t spend as much on the kids’ presents as you planned? Why not treat yourself to a new fitness tool?
Now while a lot can be accomplished with a few basic exercise tools (think dumbbells, bands, stability balls), there’s nothing like a new gadget to jump-start your exercise program.
Three of my current favourites?
1) BOSU balance trainer; a BOSU is essentially half a stability ball with a soft, compressible ‘dome’ side and a flat, rigid ‘platform’ side.
It can be used BOth Sides Up (that’s where it got it’s name) and is great for balance and core training as well as more traditional strength workouts and plyometric intervals. BOSU can be purchased at all major fitness equipment stores as well as on-line. Expect to pay between $120 and $150. Some suppliers include DVD instructional videos and foot pumps.
I use this tool in personal training sessions as well as during an hour long BOSU class. See my teaching schedule for details.
2) TRX suspension training system; a portable, lightweight, versatile, ‘take anywhere’ tool. Made of strong nylon webbing, the TRX uses your own body weight to functionally train all your major muscle groups. The TRX can be used either alone, for an intense full body workout, or together with more traditional fitness tools in circuit style. Purchase the TRX on-line and expect to pay $150 to $175. Make use of the thousands of You Tube videos of TRX workouts to design your own TRX program!
3) Ugi balls; new on the fitness scene. A small, portable, squishable ball, 15 inches in diameter and weighing 6, 8, 10 or 12 pounds.Great for circuit style functional
workouts that incorporate balance work, core and strength training and cardio intervals. Can only be purchased through ugifit.com from $129 for a single ball to $189 for a kit including ball, workout video and instructional poster. Expect to see these soon at your gym and perhaps even in small group fitness class!
Any one of these tools would be a great addition to your home gym. Need help getting started? Hire a personal trainer to guide you in the proper form and execution of some great new exercises.