Workout mats are a must-have accessory when doing floor exercises such as pilates and yoga so you can execute the movements properly without hurting your knees, elbows, and tailbone. Our workout mats while they come in different thickness and sizes are all firm enough to provide a stable surface so you can stand on them without worrying about your balance. For additional support especially for those with sensitive hips and tailbones it can be rolled up for additional padding.
Swiss balls, also known as exercise balls and stability balls, play a major role in training the core muscles namely your abs and your lower back. The main reason for their widespread popularity is the element of play it gives you while you are exercising and the variety and fun it adds to training sessions, while giving your stabilizer muscles a good workout “off” the floor. Numerous variations of abdominal exercises such as reverse crunches and Russian twists are also made possible by Swiss balls. While stability balls work best for abdominal training as it allows for a full range of motion without straining the lower back, you can also prop your feet up on it to engage the core during pressing exercises such as push ups and dips.
Elastic workout bands and resistance bands work pretty much the same as free weights, the only difference is that it is more versatile, it can be used virtually anywhere, and it allows one to achieve a greater range of motion. It can be used on its own or together with free weights for strength and flexibility training, and anyone can use it, from elite athletes to pregnant women. Since workout bands provide an external load, benefits of band resistance exercise include increased muscle strength, improved posture, increased metabolism, and reduction in body fat.
Balance equipment such as balance beams, boards, pads, and blocks strengthens the core and is an excellent and fun way to challenge your balance and coordination. While using these tools during exercise, what happens is you subject your body to imbalance and this stimulus forces you to react quickly to regain equilibrium by making physical adjustments. Beginners as well as seasoned athletes can all benefit from training with balance equipment to improve hand-eye coordination, strength, reaction time, and sense of balance and equilibrium.
Gloves and straps give your hands better mileage because both help provide a better grip on the bar. By getting a nice cushion on your hands, you can get more out of your training because grip won’t hold back your lifts. You’d also be able to lift longer with better concentration and with more sets because there is less pain and calluses. For standing movements such as squats and deadlifts belts are indispensable for lower back support and to prevent severe injury.
If you can’t have a coach breathing down your neck every second of your workout session, then you need pedometers and heart rate monitors. 10,000 steps a day is a good starting point but there is no way you’d be able to keep track of that especially when you’re already out of breath. Our heart rate monitors and pedometers can be neatly clipped to your waist or anywhere that’s comfortable so it won’t be a distraction and you can stay in your training zone. With these tools you can know where you are in terms of your goal and you’ll always have an optimum workout that is both safe and productive.