Recent Tweets @fitvillains
Stuff I Dig
Posts tagged "equipment"

Ultimate Sandbag Power Packages: $30 off while supplies last!

My favorite at-home tool ever. If you’ve been thinking about getting one, now’s the time (or hint really loudly at the people giving you presents in a few weeks).

(Another way to save? Buy just the shell. The fillers are easier to make on your own, but this shell is really unique. Other DIY bags don’t come close).

Rumble Roller Beastie
Putting together my annual “Best” Fitness Gift List (and my personal fitness wish list) for the holidays! Got a lot of new toys this year, and new favs I’ve been using like crazy.

This is the Rumble Roller Beastie: don’t let the cuteness fool you! It’s for DEEP tissue massage, best for people who train really hard and are used to foam rolling. It gets me making all kinds of sounds I’ve never made before, lol. Quickly became a “must” for me, and it’s so wee I can stick it in my purse.
Rumble Roller Beastie
Lots of Brene Brown, some Supple Leopardness, kitchen gear and a few DVD’s are making the list too this year. Plus a LONG list of stuff I kinda want/need.

Put it out in the universe!
What’s on YOUR wishlist? Anything you’re eyeballing or secretly hope for?

Pink Iron Lady, lol.

Slowly taking over the world with bad ass pink gear, lol. (I’m a sucker for pink and bad assery. Win win!)

Working out from home means seeking out equipment that can help me keep things crazy challenging without the gym. When I look at the cost of a gym membership and how much use I get out of my home gear, it pretty much pays for itself. Not all my equipment is pink, but if something I like happens to come in the shade, it sometimes seals the deal. :)

I know Halloween hasn’t even hit us yet, but if you’re thinking about your holiday gift list (I know, I’m awful), make sure to add some of these to it! Not a pink fan? There are loads of colors to choose from. :)

A few of you have asked for my favorite gear! Putting together a full list (which includes plenty of stuff you have around the house). But for now, here’s some of my pink favorites.

Lebert Equalizer: (pink, lime green, yellow)

Ultimate Sandbag Pink Power Package (fillers & shell)

Pink Yoga Mat

Valslides (pink)

Gymboss Interval Timer

Pink Combo Package! Ultimate Sandbag, Lebert Equalizer, Valslides & Mat - save $$

Ultimate Sandbag 20% Off Sale!

Passing along the deal! 20% your order when you enter the code “taxes” at checkout. :)

I love my bag, but it was an investment. A good way to save up s by putting $1-2 in a jar for every workout you complete! 4 workouts a week from now until June, will get you most of the way there! Great motivation too.

xo

Strength Training At Home: Affordable Barbell Sets

Saw these and thought some of you might be interested! Prices don’t include shipping, but these are still awesome deals. Keep in mind the prices might change over time: I don’t have control over that.

Nothing fancy, but effective! Reviews are fairly solid: give them a read

US Weight 55 lb. Duracast Weight Set $31.58

US Weight 105-Pound Weight Set with Dumbbells $71.38 

Ultra Speed Cable Rope
Double under magic (just starting to focus on perfecting mine). Love this cable!
Whip, whip, whoosh, whoosh!

Ultra Speed Cable Rope

Double under magic (just starting to focus on perfecting mine). Love this cable!

Whip, whip, whoosh, whoosh!

Waaaapooosh!

I remember when I started jumping rope again with Insanity Asylum and my first thought was “how the HELL did I do this for hours as a kid?”.

Tough stuff. Great cardio. Still working on my double unders, but hoping I’ll get them down before my 30th birthday, lol.

My favorite jump rope is the one that came with Insanity, but I’ve been using a friend’s cable rope to work on my double unders. It’s crazy fast & light (and I LOVE the sound it makes when it whips the floor).

Get yourself a jump rope! Fab (and CHEAP) at-home equipment. :)

Ultra Speed Cable Rope

This is hilarious, lol.

To be honest, I rarely see women with those tiny dumbbells anymore but I have a sneaking suspicion they’re still getting used (they’re always restocking at my local fitness store). Many women still use them because it’s easier, they’re scared of lifting heavier or because that’s all they have at hand.

When you have access to heavier equipment, you’ll use it. It’s one thing to want to lift heavier. It’s another to make it happen.

Ladies of the at-home fitness crowd, I urge you: go for it! If the thought of a LOT heavier scares you, just a little heavier is fine. For now. :)

I won’t preach about how heavy or what you should or shouldn’t aim for (and wholeheartedly concede that MANY DVD programs call for lighter weights/endurance work - they do serve a purpose). But I will say that if your weights are under 8lbs AND you’ve been using the same ones for over 3 months (or years. Yup, it happens), it’s time to spend the money and invest in something HEAVIER.

It’s a stepping stone. A gateway “drug”.

My progression…

Read More

Beginner Tools: Adjustable Dumbbell Sets

Adjustable sets are totally bad ass for beginners and intermediate exercisers alike. You can start with the light plates, and add on as you go. The set above is a great choice for most beginner women: 5- 20lbs per dumbbell. It comes with a case, stores easily and is totally affordable at only about $40 a set.

When it comes to dumbbells, you don’t need to go fancy: this is a simple set with one big perk: adjustable sets allow you to avoid buying several different sets over time.  It’s also easier to boost your difficult as you see fit, whenever you’re ready. 

No home gym is complete without weights! If you don’t already have them, GET THEM! Said with love, of course. :)

Cap 40lb Dumbbell Set

CHEAP TIP: Craigslist and other sites are awesome for finding old workout equipment for very cheap. Check often, avoid fabrics (bugs) unless new and sealed (think mats), and always disinfect before using it to get sweaty. 

Yay! New toy! On its way! In Pink! 
Just ordered my pink sandbag and I’m crazy excited. Been using a makeshift sandbag forever (pretty cleverly, I must add), but it’s been frustrating to compensate for its…ummm… lack of craftsmanship. It IS an awesome tool, and I love using it, but I’m kinda DONE with cleaning up sand, replacing handles, carefully placing it down and swinging it away from anything breakable, in the event it’ll suddenly fly through the air, like a 30lb cannonball. And there’s only so much duct taping this girl can handle. Sad little bag, lol. 
Aside from its damaged appearance, it’s also not nearly as versatile as a real bag, but I modified and survived. At this point though, I’d like something a little sturdier. It takes a lot for me to justify spending so much on equipment unless I REALLY see the value. And I’m satisfied with this choice. See the bag deets here: Ultimate Sandbag Training Systems: Pink Power Package
You DON’T need fancy equipment. But sometimes it’s nice. :) I’ve read all the reviews, done my research, and by far this seems to be the winner (also looked at a cheaper model, and the reviews were mixed. Hard to tell if it was a quality issue vs. misuse, but this model seemed favorable by the majority of people. That… and the others didn’t come in pink (I’m a sucker for new equipment in general. But offer it in pink and I’m YOURS). I started with a DIY bag and after realizing how much I would use it, decided to level up.
 How To Make Your Own Sandbag Been DYING to get my hands on this one for YEARS (inspired by BodyRockTv videos). Debated getting the water filler one, but this won out! Also comes in camo, black and different sizes: this one goes up to 30lbs. Yay! Can’t wait for it to come in! Fingers crossed it doesn’t take as long as my TRX. I want it NOW. :)Anyone have this one or a similar one? How do you like it?

Yay! New toy! On its way! In Pink! 

Just ordered my pink sandbag and I’m crazy excited. Been using a makeshift sandbag forever (pretty cleverly, I must add), but it’s been frustrating to compensate for its…ummm… lack of craftsmanship. It IS an awesome tool, and I love using it, but I’m kinda DONE with cleaning up sand, replacing handles, carefully placing it down and swinging it away from anything breakable, in the event it’ll suddenly fly through the air, like a 30lb cannonball. And there’s only so much duct taping this girl can handle. Sad little bag, lol.

Aside from its damaged appearance, it’s also not nearly as versatile as a real bag, but I modified and survived. At this point though, I’d like something a little sturdier. It takes a lot for me to justify spending so much on equipment unless I REALLY see the value. And I’m satisfied with this choice. See the bag deets here: Ultimate Sandbag Training Systems: Pink Power Package

You DON’T need fancy equipment. But sometimes it’s nice. :) I’ve read all the reviews, done my research, and by far this seems to be the winner (also looked at a cheaper model, and the reviews were mixed. Hard to tell if it was a quality issue vs. misuse, but this model seemed favorable by the majority of people. That… and the others didn’t come in pink (I’m a sucker for new equipment in general. But offer it in pink and I’m YOURS). I started with a DIY bag and after realizing how much I would use it, decided to level up.

How To Make Your Own Sandbag 

Been DYING to get my hands on this one for YEARS (inspired by BodyRockTv videos). Debated getting the water filler one, but this won out! Also comes in camo, black and different sizes: this one goes up to 30lbs. 

Yay! Can’t wait for it to come in! Fingers crossed it doesn’t take as long as my TRX. I want it NOW. :)

Anyone have this one or a similar one? How do you like it?

Went from the biggest mats out there to the smallest, lol.

Couldn’t help myself, these are freakin’ CUTE.

Via Chichi on Pinterest. Source: amazon.com

While it doesn’t apply to everything, when it comes to exercise mats, sometimes the old saying is true: bigger IS better. :)

At 5ft 2in, you wouldn’t think I’d need a larger mat than the standard 6-footer. But when you like to move as much as I do, the more room you have, the better your workout. At times, I feel confined by my regular mats and larger mats give me more options for bad ass fitness at home.

For a long time, I used to set up my mats side by side, which was both awesome and a little dangerous. While staying on one mat is fairly easy, if you’re moving laterally between two, things tend to slip. I have other floor mats which were ‘okay’, but weren’t as comfortable or user friendly as yoga mats (they tended to roll up into themselves: I’d have to keep dumbbells on each corner to keep it from curling up while I moved). Until recently, there weren’t many floor mat options that had the same texture & cushioning as my yoga mats. But there are now! :)

Namaste-yay!

WHY Big Yoga Mats Rock So Much

  1. They allow for full movement without feeling confined to a smaller space. While smaller mats maximize space in the studio, they don’t always allow you to maximize your workout.
  2. They save your floors from your heavier equipment (dumbbells, barbells etc).
  3. They allow for greater range of motion (moves like floor rolls into mountain climbers, walking pushups, etc).
  4. They create a sound barrier. Cushioning is GLORIOUS if you’re trying to be discreet. At home workouts like INSANITY, P90X and Rip 60 are easy to fit entirely on a larger mat.
  5. Taller folks often have trouble on regular sized mats. Larger mats may feel more comfortable.
  6. There’s room for two! Buddy workouts!

Large mats are popping up everywhere (probably NOT in your overcrowded class, but everywhere else), so there are more options available than ever before. The one pictured above is Square36 - The Oversize Yoga Mat, which I like a LOT. It’s thick, 36 square feet (fits in most living rooms), durable and made of non-toxic materials. Because I use my mats for almost everything (weight work, stretching, cardio etc), it seems to fit my fitness a little better than other models. You can also search online for different big mat models that suit your budget.

Another option, though it’s not as large, is the round yoga mat. It offers many of the same benefits in terms of range of motion and is ideal for yoga, pilates & stretching. Round Yoga Pilates Mat.

The round mat is also slightly less expensive than other models (even less expensive than some regular mats). Plus, the design is really unique. Great way to stand out during outdoor yoga!

Sometimes, size does matter!

Do you have a large mat at home? How do you like it?

Fab Fit Deal For Beginners: The FIRM Cardio-To-Go Kit
Found this today on Amazon, and I think it’s an helluva deal for beginners looking for ways to workout on the go! This cardio pack will run you about $18.31 (prices subject to change - click here for deets).
The Kit includes…

Weighted Jump Rope With removable lb weights inside
Toning Tube with medium resistance.
Resistance Loop with medium resistance.
Compact Mesh Bag to carry your mobile gym!
DVD: 4 x 10 Minute Workouts.
Not bad, eh? :)
I’ve already got my own tubing & rope, and I don’t know what the quality’s is like for this model. But the reviews seem pretty solid (some people complained about the handles on the jump rope, but that seems like something easy to fix with a knot or two). A lot of the reviews seemed to really like the DVD. 
Most people will get MORE than a few uses out of the kit. Great option for strength training when you don’t/can’t use dumbbells.
The FIRM Cardio-To-Go Kit
Anyone tried it? Thoughts?

Fab Fit Deal For Beginners: The FIRM Cardio-To-Go Kit

Found this today on Amazon, and I think it’s an helluva deal for beginners looking for ways to workout on the go! This cardio pack will run you about $18.31 (prices subject to change - click here for deets).

The Kit includes…

  • Weighted Jump Rope With removable lb weights inside
  • Toning Tube with medium resistance.
  • Resistance Loop with medium resistance.
  • Compact Mesh Bag to carry your mobile gym!
  • DVD: 4 x 10 Minute Workouts.

Not bad, eh? :)

I’ve already got my own tubing & rope, and I don’t know what the quality’s is like for this model. But the reviews seem pretty solid (some people complained about the handles on the jump rope, but that seems like something easy to fix with a knot or two). A lot of the reviews seemed to really like the DVD.

Most people will get MORE than a few uses out of the kit. Great option for strength training when you don’t/can’t use dumbbells.

The FIRM Cardio-To-Go Kit

Anyone tried it? Thoughts?

My TRX is on its way! Happy girl, right here.

Haven’t been this excited about new equipment in a LONG time. Woot!

I know it’s pricier than other equipment, so I’ve waited a LONG time to invest. I got a chance to try it a few months back and it blew my mind. Its versatility more than makes up for the price: I can use it at home, at the gym or outside AND it offers thousands of exercise options, for every level. It’ll be easy to bring with me when I’m training clients at home and it’s just the extra motivation boost I needed for spring/summer. I can’t wait to whip this baby out at the park!

Some girls get giddy over shoes. I get giddy over workout equipment. Smiles for miles. :) TRX Pro Pack + Door Anchor

Do you have one? How do you like it?

Its confusing to know what equipment and which products will help you reach your goals faster. I’ve invested in tons of at-home equipment, but more isn’t necessarily better. There are only a few tools that I use on a regular basis.

What must-have tools do you have at home?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...