Low-Cost Gym Equipment Everyone Should Include On Their Holiday Gift Lists

Any good carpenter has a good toolbox, and the same holds true for a fitness enthusiast. While we can achieve a certain level of fitness using just our bodyweight and no equipment, it tends to get boring, and there are many body parts that we cannot hit with the same efficiency and intensity as others without the proper equipment. 

My “toolbox” is a 3,000 sq. ft. building filled with every fitness machine, toy, and gadget you can imagine. I have even collected everything from a shake weight to the thigh master over the years. Needless to say, though, most of us don’t have hundreds of pieces of gym equipment, nor do we really need all of that. 

Below are five of my must-have training tools to help make fitness fun and varied for you.

Versa Lite. As a Fitbit ambassador, I have found this to be the best way to make the world your gym. There’s no need for a treadmill or spin class; having a Fitbit watch allows you to measure how much you move throughout the day, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. You can also create healthy competition with your friends and family with daily and weekly step contests, and keep track of how much and how well you sleep. This is my number one fitness tool. 

TRX Suspension Strap. This can hang easily in any room of the house and allows you to properly train your posterior chain, from rhomboids to hamstrings, triceps, and more. This is one of my all-time favorites. 

Slides. They may look like coffee table coasters, but these simple little disks can kick your workouts up a notch and then some. Enabling you to do supine hamstring curls to pike planks, these will give you the best bang for your buck.

Slingshot Hip Circle. One of the most neglected yet important muscle groups in the body is the gluteus medius. Using the hip circle allows you to passively and actively strengthen your hip abductors. This helps round out the shape of your butt and protects your knees and ankles from future injury.

Angeles 90 Training Grips. Everyone is built differently, so of course, different machines and different exercises will vary in effect. What I love about these grips is that they allow you to move in a really natural way, regardless of which part of the body you may be working. They easily attach to every bar or machine for pull exercises such as pull-ups or rows, making them another big “bang for your buck” fitness tool. 

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