My Favorite Training Gear
I’m a total gearhead.
Few things can get me as excited as trying out new training equipment.
Most fitness gadgets are overpriced, overhyped crap. So I decided to compile this list of my favorite training gear to help you get more out of your gym sessions.
And with Christmas approaching, finding one of these items gift-wrapped under the tree will put a smile on the face of any weekend warrior or washed-up meathead.
Very handy for loading bodyweight exercises like push-ups, dips or chin-ups with external resistance.
Also great for conditioning when worn while walking.
You can’t really do barbell hip thrusts without some sorta cushion as protection… unless you want to destroy your hips.
This is the best pad for that purpose I’ve come across.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00FRSTEXE” key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”nextleveathl-20″]
The #1 upper body training tool that can be carried everywhere.
And here’s a short demo of how you can take a basic exercise such as the push-up and make it more challenging over time by introducing the rings.
The most innocuous-looking piece of exercise equipment out there.
The first time I saw these, I thought they were a joke. Nobody could possibly use these for strength training, right?
Then I tried them out and saw the light.
So far they’ve turned out to be really effective on push-ups, reverse lunges, leg curls and bodysaws. Plus, you can’t beat their portability.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00GO7DPX2″ key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”nextleveathl-20″]
Easily turn any regular bar into a thick bar that is easier on the joints.
I don’t recommend these for pulling exercises though, since it will affect the grip too much for my liking.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B005FIS14Y” key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”nextleveathl-20″]
A cheap yet demanding training tool for hitting the abs. You can buy one for 10 bucks and it will cover any ab rollout variation from beginner to advanced.
Kneeling ab rollouts too easy? Do them standing.
Still not difficult? Wear a weight vest.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00SJJD4M0″ key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”nextleveathl-20″]
Ever since the gym where I train got a trap bar a few weeks ago, I’ve been smacking that thing around as if my name were Chris Brown and it were called Rihanna.
Excellent for deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, farmer’s walks and shrugs.
Mandatory lifting equipment on weighted chins and dips. The one in the pic above is the most comfortable I’ve ever tried. I’ve had mine for six years and it shows no signs of breaking down anytime soon.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B004XMNZC6″ key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”nextleveathl-20″]
Great grip aid on pulling exercises like heavy deads, DB rows and certain Olympic lift variations.
Unlike many other straps I’ve tried, these won’t feel uncomfortable against the wrists and can take years of abuse in the weight room without snapping in half.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00MYQG8UY” key=”wide-orange” locale=”US” tag=”nextleveathl-20″]
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