Essential training accessories to have at home
I know, I know, dumbbells are as rare a commodity as toilet paper at the start of the first wave of COVID-19 … In this article, I recommend 5 essential training accessories (other than dumbbells) that offer more intensity, variety and comfort during your workouts at home. Among the list, you will find items that you may already own and for which you will discover new purpose. 😊
1 – LOOP elastic band
This tool can add resistance to many exercises. Mainly used to work the legs muscles, the LOOP band can also help improve the endurance of the upper body muscles. Discover this ultra-practical portable tool, which can be easily carried anywhere. Need some exercise ideas? In the Fit & Zen program, the LOOP band is used in both the cardio and weight training sessions. Order a LOOP band.
2 – Elastic bands with handles
Elastic resistance bands with handles are also a great option for strengthening all the muscles in the body. You will find complete workout sessions that target your upper and lower body in the Découpé en 30 jours program on Ultime Fit.
3 – Yoga mat
If you do not have a yoga mat at home yet, now is the time to get one or ask for it as a gift. 😉 Its length is perfect for performing all your floor exercises and its non-slip texture provides a strong grip. It is the perfect tool for performing your forearm side planks, knee push-ups and crunches on a soft, comfortable surface. Make sure the mat is at least 5mm thick to optimize your comfort.
*** Special gift set for the holidays ***
In fact, I invite you to discover the gift set that I have created for the holidays: a yoga mat, a yoga block (very practical to perform certain poses when lacking flexibility or to accentuate certain stretching exercises), a LOOP band signed Karine Larose and a smal training towel. With the purchase of this “Sporty Zen” gift set, you will receive a free double-walled insulated water bottle. All for only: $ 54.99 + taxes.
4 – Kettlebells
Less popular than dumbbells, but just as effective, kettlebells are a fabulous tool for most weight training exercises. Start by using a lighter weight (between 5 and 15 lbs). Are you perhaps looking for a homemade alternative that will add more intensity if kettlebells are not available? You can use a detergent container (fill with water or soap), or, to reproduce the effect of dumbbells, use good old cans or even filled water bottles. Order a kettlebell from KINEQUIP.
5 – TRX
If you are looking for more variety in your fitness routine, a TRX will do the trick! This accessory is one that can be found in any well-equipped gym. The TRX home system includes a portable anchor, which allows the strap to be hung on the top of a door, and a fixed anchor to screw to the wall or ceiling depending on the space available. For a complete TRX training program, I recommend that you schedule an online session with a personal trainer who will guide you according to your goals. Order a TRX from KINEQUIP.
Go all out with a cardiovascular exercise machine
Are you looking to equip yourself at home with a cardiovascular machine such as a stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical? You do not know which one to choose? For best quality, opt for the exercise equipment supplier KINEQUIP, a Quebec company that will listen to your needs and advise you adequately according to your budget and your needs.
With live spinning sessions currently offered on the Ultime Fit platform, all you must do is follow the instructor’s lead for an effective workout! If all you have is a treadmill or an elliptical, the spinning sessions can also be done using this equipment. You can adjust the intensity levels as indicated by the instructor.
Motivational tip: Dedicate a space at home for training
Finally, here is a sure-fire way to motivate yourself to work out at home: Pick a suitable spot where you will be happy to exercise. Lay out your equipment and accessories so that they remind you of the importance to oxygenate your body and your head daily! Make sure there is a TV or computer screen available nearby to project your online sessions.
I hope these ideas will motivate you to start training at home if you have not already done so or, will help add more variety to your existing workout routine.