The 8 Best Pieces of Exercise Equipment to Buy in 2019
From resistance bands to Rowers, here’s what you need to workout from the comfort of your own home in 2019.
Remember what at-home workouts once looked like? Stepping up and down on the command of an on-screen, over-enthusiastic instructor in our sitting rooms, and rocking back and forth on an abs roller. Thankfully, fitness kit has come on leaps and bounds since then, and effective exercise is 100% achievable outside of a gym environment.
The key? Getting your hands on the right equipment.
It’s the New Year so Fitness is fashionable right now, which means that the market is saturated with gimmicks that claim to tone, tweak, transform your body in a few weeks when, often, this isn’t the case. In fact, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, steer clear of kit promising an overnight transformation and instead opt for efficient equipment that compliments the type of training you enjoy – be it strength, HIIT, or cardio and invest in pieces that can advance your workout and assist you in achieving your goals.
- Resistance bands
Best for: Full body training
The power set MAX by lets bands includes all three powerbands MINI and the powerbands MAX blue. The mini bands are great for activation – getting your muscles warmed up to work out – and progressing bodyweight exercises such as squats and glute bridges.The power band MAX is longer in length, and can assist chin-ups but also resist push ups. This set basically enables you to carry out all many of exercises and workouts. There are simply no limits to the variety of exercises that can be brought to your training regimen. A quality inexpensive piece of training equipment.
Best for: Full body training
Favoured by fitness instructors across the globe, kettlebells are a compact piece of equipment that can be used to target most muscle groups. Incorporating kettlebell exercises, such as swings, goblet squats and – for the advanced – Turkish getups, into workouts can increase full-body strength, mobility and stability, all of which are required in everyday life. We recommended you purchase at least two; one heavier for compound movements – deadlifts, squats for example – and one lighter for more isolated movements or ab exercises.
Best for: strength Training
Unless you designate a space to create a home gym it’s often the case you simply wont have the room to store a full selection of dumbbells.
Adjustable weights offer a space-saving alternative, and these flexbell Dumbbells are some of the best on the market. Simply twist the handle and select your preferred weight – Genius! There's no smarter dumbbell on the market. Start with the 2-20kg set and expand your dumbbells as your demands grow with the expansion pack that adds another 12kg per dumbbell.
Best for all round fitness
Recognised by athletes and coaches globally for their versatility and ability to train full body, suspension trainers have become a staple in studios far and wide, and for good reason.
Featuring padded handles and adjustable foot cradles, it can be utilised to both progress and regress all manner of exercises. It’s lightweight, so completely portable and comes complete with different anchoring solutions.
It’s not the cheapest piece of kit o the market, but probably the best home gym equipment solutions there is.
5. Trigger point Roller
Best for: Mobility and Recovery
Training performance is of course important but what is often overlooked is sufficient recovery - especially when we train at home. Time is short, we have chores to do, kids to pick up from school etc.
Rest and recovery is crucial though. Mobility, dynamic stretching and foam rolling can all assist with a more efficient recovery. Trigger point rollers are designed to replicate a therapists hands, and the idea is to release tension and encourage blood and oxygen flow to muscles by rolling different body parts. It’s effective, but can be painful if you come across a particularly tight spot. The roller can actually be used for some core work too doubling up on it’s versatility!
Its compact size and tubular shape means it can easily be stored in a cupboard out the way too.
6. Skipping Rope
Best for: Cardio
While running may be the go-to cardio training of choice for many at-home exercisers, skipping is a happy alternative for those who aren’t so keen on pavement pounding. Beneficial for its ability to raise heart rate, burn fat, increase core strength and improve coordination, it’s an exercise that’s accessible to almost everyone – from speed skippers to those just starting out.
The RDX Skipping Rope here is fitted with a pair of toggles to customize rope length to anyone’s needs. The metal tops are installed with mini balls bearings for 360-degree swivel and total range of motion. Moreover, each handle has a removable plastic cap at the bottom to add weights.
7. Concet 2 Rower
Best For Cardio
If you do have the space and money to invest in a piece of cardio equipment then look no further than the Concept 2 Rower.
When it comes to getting a full-body, cardio-intense workout in, there’s almost nothing more effective than rowing. Why? Because rowing uses nearly every major muscle group in your body, which equals some pretty serious calorie burn.
For the best rower that money can buy, look no further than the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM, one of the most highly rated and regarded rowing machines on the market today.
8. Yoga Mat
Best For stretching HIIT Training
Whether you’re into yoga or high intensity training, a good mat will make all the difference when you’re working out at home, and one of the best options is by Yogi Bare – a British brand specialising in eco conscious yoga products. Designed for seamless flowing through yoga poses, its super-grippy top prevents palms and feet from sliding, while its thick, cushioned base also makes it ideal for softening landings during HIIT workouts.
Weighing 2.5kg, it’s light enough to ship between studio and sitting room, and rolls up for easy stashing in a cupboard or behind the sofa. It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth
Of course with all those wonderful new purchases you’ll need a trainer at home to keep you motivated, and theres no better solution than the bodyfit app
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