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Summer is the perfect time to revamp your fitness routine and grab some new fitness gear. The products below are less typical than the average equipment you might have lying around, but may be just what you need to spice up your exercise routine this summer.
Wreck Bags are weighted bags, perfect for all kinds of Cross Fit and other rugged lifting activities. Carry, toss, squat, press or slam wreck bags. The bags are made from a woven polyethylene outer shell that will not absorb water and the handles are made from a soft webbing that should be gentle on your hands. The fill material is a shock-absorbing, recycled product that will not shift during use. Buy Wreck Bags Here (affiliate link)
Kettlebells are one of the hottest trends in lifting weights right now. From swinging to lifting, kettlebells offer enhanced gripping and weight distribution that other products just can’t match. Check out Greatist’s 22 Kick-Ass Kettlebell exercises for some great ideas on how to incorporate them into your routine. Buy Kettlebells Here (affiliate link)
Reclaim some of the fun you had as a kid and give the jump rope a try again. The benefits of jumping rope can be huge because it involves fast-paced, non-stop movement. Another bonus to using a jump rope is that it is highly portable and fairly easy to do anywhere. Buy a Jump Rope Here (affiliate link)
Cones aren’t in the fitness arsenal of many, but I really think they should be. Whether you use them to mark out distances, set up stations for Tabata-style workouts or use them to create obstacles, cones can definitely be useful in your fitness routine. Buy Cones Here (affiliate link)
Another piece of fitness gear that a lot of people don’t have is an agility ladder. You may only be familiar with this piece of fitness gear from watching professional athletes dance in and out of the squares during practice, but trust me, you can benefit from this tool too. An agility ladder can be used for jumping, running and coordination improvement no matter what your skill or fitness level. The ladder gives you . Buy an Agility Ladder Here (affiliate link)
Another hot trend in fitness is battle ropes. These heavy, sometimes weighted ropes can be used for a number of upper body, strength-enhancing exercise activities. The ropes can be swung in multiple directions with different movements to target different parts of the upper body. Some great exercise examples with battle ropes can be found on ONNIT. They can also be used solo with an anchor/attachment to a fixed object or used with a partner. Buy Battle Ropes Here (affiliate link)
If you are looking to track your total movement, sleep and steps then a Fitbit might be just the tool you need. There are a number of different Fitbit products that range from the fairly simple Zip that is more or less an advanced step counter to the way more high-tech Charge HR that tracks every move you make and even includes your heart rate. Using a tracker like the Fitbit can be excellent insight into your activity and can give you an excellent baseline to set activity goals. Buy Fitbit products here (affiliate link)
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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