Our Fitness Equipment & Accessory Recommendations
When putting this list together, we assume that you are looking to either supplement equipment the gym you go to doesn't have (or something you would prefer not to share) or are looking for the most cost-effective solutions for when you train at home, vs. trying to build your own home gym. Everything listed here provides proven benefits to your fitness routine and will be an effective addition to your exercise arsenal.
With that said, if you would like us to list some of our favorite weight-sets, etc. for building a home gym, just let us know. We're happy to help in any area our guests/members need!
The most effective exercise you can get at home - strength bands. On top of that, you get the added bonus of one of the foremost experts in the Fitness industry - Jim Stoppani - throwing in a membership to his site, a few customized additions to the bodyliastics band set, and a booklet from the Dr. himself on how to use the bands.
If you are looking for a passive way to increase your exercise intensity, look no further. Just by putting on this mask you can get the effects of training in a hypoxic environment. It also kind of makes you look like Bane (either a plus or a negative, depending on the person) while you wear it.
I personally use it to add intensity while I'm lifting. Just wearing it while you do other exercises will add a cardio element to everything you're doing. It's a great way to add intensity to your workouts with no more effort that putting on a mask. Recent research has also shown that hypoxic training has a major effect on overall muscle growth for experienced exercisers/lifters. -
"In a more strength training specific study from 2010 Nishimura et al. report similarly more pronounced increases in sleeve sizes in those of their 14 male university students who had been randomized to perform their 4 sets of biceps curls and triceps extensions at 70% of their individual 1-RM max in a hypoxic environment..." You can read the Suppversity breakdown of the studie(s) here.
Fat Gripz is a fantastic addition to your weightlifting bag as they are an easy-to-use solution for building grip strength. They simply slip over bar handles to increase the thickness of the bar.
Using a thicker handle stimulates much more muscle activation in the forearms and upper arms which leads to bigger muscle and strength gains thru the arms and whole upper body.
They are a fantastic addition because they are easy to carry - they don't take up much space - and easy to use. If you are wanting to build crushing grip strength (and you should) then these should be at the top of your to-get list.
Since to the left we have the strength bands, we figure it is only appropriate list a super-useful accessory for them next.
The Bodylastics Strength Band Ultra Anchor attaches/wraps all the way around your door, more evenly distributing the pressure of the strength bands and giving you multiple attachment points for your bands.
A must-have for home trainers. This pull-up bar set up has a much better variety of usable hand positions than it's competitors. I have been using my current one almost daily for over a year now and the padding hasn't started to tear or break apart at all.
I may get some flack for recommending Harbinger, seeing that they don't always put out the highest quality stuff (like there freaking lifting hooks...) but I have used their dip-belt for years and it is the most comfortable dip-belt I have worn.
I have used this belt several times a week with up to 150 pounds on it with no issues. The material is comfortable and doesn't pinch or get (very) uncomfortable when using heavier weight like many other belts (especially leather) tend to.
If you are looking for a solid belt at a reasonable cost, this is the one I recommend!
Wonder why we recommend a particular product over another, or why we don't have something (a product, or category) you're looking for listed? Let us know!