my 5 favorite exercise tools that won’t break the bank

A lot of people think you need a gym to work out. While I am a member of a gym, that’s only because I do heavy lifting, and buying $1000 plus worth of weights isn’t in my plan (nor is it easy to store and use). People tend to think that you need big expensive equipment in order to work out at home; but the truth is, if you can find a 30 ft X 30 ft space of grass, you can work out just as hard as a guy with a $600.00 tread mill. Here are some of my favorite tools along with a short description
of what are good workouts for them.

Little, 6 inch orange cones can be a great agility course. Set them up in a zig zag, about 5 yards apart and they are a great way to work on explosive speed, lateral movement, and balance. By altering what types of stride you take you can change-up which muscles you use. Set 1 minute intervals and you can have yourself a great HIIT training session.

2.Jump rope
Little explanation needed. Jumping rope is a great endurance builder, plus it really sculpts your calves and quads.

3.Rubberized medicine ball
Pick one out that’s slightly heavier than you feel comfortable with. They cost around 45 or 50 dollars but you can do 6 or 7 different exercises with them. Most of them work your core and/or shoulders, but you can also use them as weight assistance for high repetition squats and wall sits to add that extra weight.

4.Agility ladder
These inexpensive training tools(about $25) can provide many different exercises that focus on either speed or agility. Most come with a DVD on some exercises to perform, but you could also find plenty of video tutorials at YouTube.

5.A bench
Yep, my favorite is free (big surprise). You can use a bench for everything from leg raises to Bulgarian lunges to step ups to jump overs just to name a few. For exactly zero dollars, you now have 5 minutes of a routine that will leave you breathless and fully worked out.

Mix in some free-standing push ups (of varying types), a few burpies and some sprinting with the 5 tools I list above, and you have yourself a nice little 45 minute routine that anyone can do at any public park (or even in the back yard). It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Happy exercising!


About banks1850

I'm a regular guy, very happily married, I have no kids, 1 dog (ok he's sort of a kid), love sports (playing and watching), and enjoy helping others. I'm an ACE certified personal trainer since early 2010 and I focus on impact athletics performance training and also beginner development for both nutrition and exercise. I'm a bit of a nerd, as such I love to read about health and wellness and much of my nutrition and biological knowledge comes from college and advanced text.

Posted on May 29, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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