I have put together a list of items that I keep in my gym bag that I think everyone needs to have on hand. These 5 training accessories will assist you with warm ups, heart rate accelerators, heavy lifts, and proper muscle recruitment.
- WHAT: 5 items to use at home or in the gym to elevate your results.
- WHY: These items will help with increase caloric burn, make lifting more comfortable, increase muscle recruitment and make warm ups much more effective.
- WHERE: All items can be purchased on Amazon (use picture links)
- HOW MUCH: All 5 items can be purchased for $80-100
The first training accessory you need are floor sliders. They are plastic on one side and foam on the other to be used on all floor types. The sliders became a must for me when I started training clients. These are great to have on hand for ab exercises, but I also use them a lot for leg day HRA (heart rate accelerator) movements. I have fat-loss clients do a moderate to heavy exercise, and then superset (two exercises back to back) that weighted movement with an unweighted reverse or side lunge or mountain climbers with the sliders. This particular set comes with an exercise guide, and there are a ton of additional tutorials all over YouTube! These can be purchased relatively cheap for around $10-12.
2. Hip Circle
I’ve mentioned working with the Sling Shot Hip Circle before in some of my workouts. Mine gets used every leg day for my warmups. The Hip Circle also will help get proper muscle recruitment during squats, good mornings, and leg press. You simply place is around both legs above your knees to create resistance. If you want a good tool for at-home training, you will want this as well. Add this above the knees to most body weight leg movements and it will get you an amazing burn that you wouldn’t have without it. You can opt for the rubber resistance loops, however I am not a fan of the rubber smell they leave on your hands, nor the difficulty a lot of my clients have getting them up and down their legs. There are a few different models of the Hip Circle available for purchase for $25-35.
3. Barbell Pad
The barbell pad is the next training accessory on deck. While I am not a fan of using these for back weighted movements, I do highly recommend one for hip weighted movements. In other words, the glute bridges and thrusts. This will save you from future bruising and soreness on your pelvis and hips and allow you to go as heavy as your need with those exercises. It seems like most barbell pads available at the gym (if the even have them) are not the best quality and do very little to shield you from pain. I’ve done the floor mat wrapped around the bar, but that is a pain rewrapping it after each rest period. Just get your own. These range very widely in price, but I just go the cushiest and least expensive because I leave stuff places. This one goes for around $10 works great.
4. Resistance Band Set
I love to use resistance bands to warm up on upper body days. Most noteworthy about this set, it comes with ankle straps, providing some resistance during kickbacks or reverse crunches. The straps can attach to the bands, or cable machines at your gym. This set is crazy cheap, $20.
5. Jump Rope
If you want to keep your heart rate up between sets, think jump rope! It’s hard, but oh so effective for torching calories in a short amount of time. The jump rope is going to be like the hip circle. Take note, there are inexpensive options, but you get what you pay for. Get one that is weighted and adjustable. Jumping rope is already hard enough without the rope not coming around properly, or it getting all bent out of shape, or it being too big or too small. Just spend $15-20 and get a decent one!
Go get sweaty!
I hope this list helps some of you make your time at the gym more effective and more efficient! Please spread the word to others and let me know what training accessories you guys carry around with you at the gym! Until next time!
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