Enhance Your Client’s Success With Fitness’s Favorite Equipment
Mobility is an important factor for the personal trainer who goes to people’s houses or hosts exercise classes outdoors. Having easily transportable equipment and fitness accessories can provide one’s clients with additional support and exercise routines. Many of these equipment options are low in cost and effective at targeting particular muscle groups for added benefits. Here is a list of the top used mobile exercise equipment (in no particular order):
- Resistance Bands: provide stability and allow for dynamic flexibility in training movements. Resistance bands let people do stationary moves and balance activities to increase flexibility while allowing for various levels of intensity depending on the length/resistance of the band.
- Stability Balls: provide strength, balance, and flexibility while also activating those hard-to-reach muscles especially in the core area. Stability balls are great for people with prior back/spine injuries and will provide additional support and reduce the potential for injury.
- Battle Ropes: provide upper body power and power endurance while putting minimal stress on the joints. Battle ropes are a good cardio and strength workout which can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.
- Medicine Balls: provide weight resistance in all areas of training and can assist with gaining strength and flexibility while performing specific exercises. Medicine balls are great for core training because they add resistance and intensity to workouts while focusing on holding up the ball.
- Kettlebells: provide synergy between muscle groups and body parts so all sides work in a complete range of motion and one limb doesn’t work harder than the other. Use different weights from lighter to heavier depending on the strength of the client. Kettlebells combine cardio and strength training into one workout.
- Bosu: provides balance and stability training for all levels. Balance helps the muscles react quicker and allows the body to make faster adjustments which is great for agile sports with fast movements and skills. Maintaining balance and staying centered can assist with reducing injury due to less falls and greater focus during an activity.
- Foam Rollers: provide myo-fascial release or self-massage to increase recovery and assist with rehabilitation. Foam rollers can enhance balance, provide support during workouts, help with postural alignment, and release muscle tension.
Before purchasing any specific exercise equipment, always think about what will work best for your clientele, not for you personally. Invest in products with smooth handles so not to rough up your client’s hands. Provide your clients with a few options of sizes, resistance, or weights so your clients can adjust to their needs and abilities. Once you buy the products, learn at least 5 different exercises you can do to start to incorporate into your clients’ routines. Remember: it’s all about the clients and their success! Have fun shopping!