Are you bored with your fitness routine?
Doing the same movements that don’t seem to have any purpose outside the gym.
There should be a sense of fun and play in all fitness routines.
You should be having a good time.
But depending on where you work out, at the gym or at home, a fitness routine can sometimes become stale. The same movements, the same weights, the same machines.
What if there were fitness products that could turn you from gym rat to fitness warrior? Products that could help you burn fat, build muscle and keep your body resilient.
These are the 5 best fitness tools to get to help tap into your inner warrior and build a body that is resilient, strong and badass.
1. BATTLE ROPE
Any fitness equipment with the same “battle” in it is probably something that will be sure to give you a great workout. The battle rope is a large thick rope usually anchored to a weight on the other side such as a dumbbell or kettlebell, leaving you to grab both ends. From there it’s up to you to try to keep consistent “waves” throughout the rope. It is a deceptively simple looking exercise that becomes very challenging.
The beauty of this simple piece of equipment is it provides a whole bunch of benefits such as;
- Strengthening the arms and shoulders
- Engaging your core (hitting that six pack)
- Provides an intense cardio workout
- Works the glutes and legs
To see some examples of exercising with a battle rope check out this youtube link -> Battle Rope Workout
A kettlebell, when broken down, is essentially a cannonball with a handle – that’s pretty badass. The kettlebell is an old training tool popularized in the west by a guy named Pavel Tsatsouline. Pavel trained Russian special forces with the kettlebell before bringing his techniques into the spotlight.
The kettlebell is perfect for those looking for a minimalist approach to working out. Some of the benefits of kettlebell training are;
- Provides an intense cardio workout
- Builds power
- Will help to shed fat
- Strengthen shoulders (great for those looking to increase shoulder mobility)
One note with kettlebell training is to try and search out a qualified coach in your area to teach proper form when using the kettlebell. Though the kettlebell looks simple to use, there are a lot of mistakes which can be made possibly injuring those using it. This would be a real shame since this tool is so good at being an all-in-one workout option.
Rings (or TRX) are a great way to get started with fitness and can give you a challenge for years to come. Using the rings means you have a clear progression through different levels of movements. For example, if a pull-up is your goal and your unable to perform one, then lowering the rings so you can use your feet for assistance can be a good way to start.
Beyond being a good piece of equipment to start into your fitness journey, training on the rings have some clear-cut benefits;
- Build relative strength (strong for your weight)
- Ensure your working smaller stabilizer muscles (this will help build overall muscle and help to keep you from developing imbalances)
- Tons of progressions for different exercises making them harder or easier
A sandbag is a low-tech option to add into your fitness routine that can have some pretty highly visible results. Fitness sandbags are made of highly durable material usually with a couple different sets of handles around the bag. Inside you can add sand into compartments or smaller bags increasing the wight inside.
The secret to sandbag training is the sand is constantly shifting as you move it. This ensures your muscles are not only working to lift the weight but also helping to stabilize that weight.
Sandbags can help build muscle that is functional, muscles that you’ll use when you’re carrying that awkward dresser out of a friends house. By using one you’ll;
- Build strong legs, back, and shoulders
- Super grip – by holding onto a shifting load your hands will be working overtime to control it
- Strengthen stabilizer muscles which in turn will help you burn more fat and build more muscle
If you’re looking for a fitness tool that can help you build explosive power, endurance and mental toughness than a sled needs to be in your training toolbox.
A sled is pretty much what it sounds like, the large piece of equipment with some handles that you can stack weight on and either push or pull. Though you do require a good amount of space for one (I’ve seen people pushing them in the park or even in the alley) the sled can build some seriously strong legs.
Sled training can help you to;
- Build cardiovascular endurance
- Increase power and acceleration
- Low impact and join friendly (perfect for anyone who’s been beaten up from running )
- Builds mental toughness
Fitness Tools To Get
The above fitness tools are all about helping to improve your body. By strengthening your muscles, shedding fat, correcting imbalances and testing your will, all 5 of these pieces of equipment will ensure your building a body that’s meant to endure.
They are all meant to take you out of your comfort zone and bring you into the moment. No zoning out while running endless miles on the treadmill, no picking up the phone between mindless reps. These fitness tools will help create a warrior mindset that will translate into a better, more engaging workout.
So give it a shot and take your workouts to the next level!
Are you interested in training at home? If so check out our post on building your own kickass AND affordable home gym here -> Home Gym Guide