Exercise equipment doesn’t have to be super fancy, too fiddly, or Bluetooth-enabled to be effective. Regardless of your fitness level, you can get a solid workout with some functional tools, a great playlist, and some willpower. What keeps us motivated these days is getting back to basics with easy lo-fi workouts and DIY routines that focus on the fundamentals of toning the whole body. We’ve put together the tips and tools you need to master planks, squats, push-ups, sit-ups and more, plus support equipment for post-workout recovery.
Restore ankle weights
NEWS BLOCK, $ 18
Weightlifting bracelets were without a doubt the favorite accessory of 2020 because a little boost can make a big difference when motivation is low. These two-and-a-half pound ankle weights help you get more out of jumping jacks, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, downward dogs, and walking around the block. And as Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research and the most reasonable person on our editorial team, says, “Why wouldn’t you use this whenever possible?”
Evolve Balance Board
NEWS BLOCK, $ 80
To sneak into a micro exercise when you’re not actually exercising, try a balance board. Balance boards keep your legs, lower back, and core muscles engaged by challenging your stability; Try it on your standing desk (or kitchen counter, if you’re using it as a desk) or when you’re standing for long periods of time. time frame. And we all know by now about the negative impact that long-term sitting has on our bodies, so consider it a good excuse to get up from your chair and stand up more often.
BOSU Pro balance trainer
NEWS BLOCK, $ 160
This classic gym, the BOSU ball, steps up any bodyweight workout and is super versatile and great for any fitness level. BOSU stands for “both sides up” or “both sides used,” so with the round side, try core work like crunches, bridges, oblique twists, and triceps. Flip it over and do pushups, burpees (lift the ball with you while jumping), and mountain climbers.
NEWS BLOCK, $ 149
Take all the powerful mechanics and smart technology of a Theragun, pack it in a foam roller, and you’ve got Therabody’s new Wave Roller – a vibrating roller to help relieve muscle tension and help you recover after training. Each of the five vibration levels is very quiet and the dense foam strikes the perfect balance between firm and soft.
NEWS BLOCK, $ 40
Whether you’re going low intensity or with a HIIT routine, elastic exercise bands are a favorite for adding extra resistance in leg workouts. Grays offer the lightest resistance and fit around the ankles for standing kickbacks (these work the glutes and hamstrings) or side leg raises (to strengthen the hip muscles). Pink and black are medium and heavy resistance bands that can be used above the knees for side steps, squats, and hip bridges. Additionally, the bands are stored in a drawer, making them an effective and space-saving training tool.
The ring of power
NEWS BLOCK, $ 85
The Bala Power Ring is a stylish replacement for your old kettlebell. It weighs ten pounds and is incredibly easy to handle for kettlebell swings, center twists, and Pilates. It’s evenly distributed in weight so you always feel balanced, and it’s made from recycled stainless steel wrapped in soft, non-slip silicone.
Acupressure Mat Set
NEWS BLOCK, $ 65
A massage may be on the table again, but we’re still interested in self-massage tools to soothe our sore muscles. At the most basic level, all you need to do is lie down on this acupressure mat, relax, and let the little raised plastic points stimulate your body. But if you want to go a step further, there are plenty of positions to try that invigorate pressure points in your feet, arms, and hands.
Infrared sauna blanket V3
NEWS BLOCK, $ 500
If you want to get a good sweat without working out (we don’t blame you), this infrared sauna blanket with layers of amethyst, tourmaline and charcoal has you covered. It’s especially good for loosening stiff muscles and giving you that steam room glow.
NEWS BLOCK, $ 199
It’s the same Theragun we know and love, but smaller, quieter, and more portable. This little percussion massager has three speeds for hitting tight spots, knots, and cramps, and you can run it for 150 minutes on a single charge. (It also comes in a dusty pink color.)
Pelvic Clock Exercise Device
NEWS BLOCK, $ 84
Former Olympic gymnastics coach Yana Blinova invented the pelvic clock exercise device to help people achieve flexibility, strength, and symmetry in the lower back, pelvic floor, and core, in order to prevent the pain. Begin by lying on your back and placing the pelvic watch under your pelvis. (Surprise). Then adjust the incline of your hips until the device is level with the ground. From there, try swinging your hips from side to side or in a vertical line pointing towards your head and down to your toes. To help you get the most out of the device, Blinova designed exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor; tight hips, backs, and hip flexors; occasional sciatic problem; pregnancy and postpartum; and core stability.
GRP yoga mat
NEWS BLOCK, $ 128
The more you sweat, the more sticky this mat becomes. Which means you can focus more on the transition from crow to handstand, or relaxing on the dog, and less on making adjustments just to keep your asana in place. Also, a good cushion provides support and stability for your practice.
Larq’s self-cleaning bottle
NEWS BLOCK, $ 95
We love Larq’s self-cleaning bottle. Every two hours, or every time you press the button on its cap, it purifies your water with a UV-C LED light, which can help reduce microbe growth. It’s made from stainless steel and is insulated, so your shots at the end of your sweat session are just as refreshing as your sips at the beginning.
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High school genes
NEWS BLOCK, $ 90 / $ 75
Exercise is important, and so is giving your body the right vitamins and supplements. Our metabolism changes over time, and if you need a little extra support, this protocol is made for women who feel like their body isn’t responding the way it used to. If you don’t notice changes even after exercising and eating healthy, it might be time to try High School Genes, which supports healthy glucose and energy metabolism with ingredients like Chromium, Green Tea, Chinese Cinnamon, and Alpha Lipoic Acid. .