November 22, 2016
In one of last weeks videos I highlighted some of the best pieces of equipment you need for your workout.A lot of the time people feel they need lots of different pieces of gym equipment for an effective workout and sometimes when people look into joining certain gyms their deciding factor is the equipment on offer and not the coaching/service it provides.
In this short article I will show you the best gym equipment you need and will include movements and exercises that go well with them.I already showed you the best 5 exercises you need in your gym program so go read that article HERE .I am a big believer that you don't need the best of equipment or venue for the best of workouts.
I started my business from this 12ft x 12 ft shed below and trained over 100 clients over the 2 year stint before moving onto the next facility
Look around at this snap and you see basic things like a squat rack,some kettlebells,dumbbells a barbell and plates along with a couple of resistance bands.To be honest this is what you need.Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran I guarantee you a set up like this is what can provide you with a pretty decent workout.
Lets start off with basics and build from there
Literally no equipment needed here and the amount of drills here is really endless.Lets look at a smart approach.From mobility work,some strength work and lots of conditioning work you really can do lots with your own bodyweight. So many movements can be brought in here.
Run Jumping jacks Sit ups Chin up
Foam roll Couch stretch Hollow holds Air squat
Joint movement Pigeon stretch Plank Split squat
Inch worms Push ups Pull up Jump squat
This is only a handful of drills and lots of them can be brought into your warm up.
You need a few ideas on how to warm up correctly then go watch this video below.
I am huge fan of resistance bands.When I first started using these with clients back in the day I did get funny looks from onlookers but now everyone else seems to be using them now too from my current facility where I now work with clients.From warm/mobility and even in your strength portion of your workout you can do a hell of a lot with these bands.I buy all my bands at D8Fitness.You can find their online store HERE
Some drills include
Banded pull aparts Banded push ups Banded scapula pulls
X-band walks Banded KB swings Banded pall-of press
Banded pass thrus Band assisted dips Banded lat stretch
Or go watch this video where I include 4 great drills when using bands
Another huge fan of the Kettlebell.
Perhaps this is one of the best pieces of equipment to have If i had to choose one thing to have.The reason being as it is very portable and extremly versatile as can use your KB for many types of movements and workouts.A lot of the time I see people use KBs incorrectly from using the wrong weight or even just not knowing how to swing correctly.You want to learn how to swing the right way then go watch this video below.
Along with swings the list is endless on other types of exercises.
The list below includes
Goblet squat Double KB bent over row KB turkish get up
Single arm row KB weighted split squat KB farmer carries
Chest supported row KB russian twist KB snatch
Lots more examples can be seen in THIS VIDEO
Very similar to the Kettlebell but allows for a little more room for movements.The dumbbells I used with clients where hex and bought these in D8 fitness too and found them very useful.They can be seen here below with our 2 lads Pablo and Pedro :)
Having access to a bench and dumbells can allow for plenty of upper body work for movements such as.
DB chest press DB single arm row DB tricep extension
DB chest supported row DB shoulder press DB lateral raise
DB kneeling single arm press DB bicep curl DB thruster
Squat rack,barbells + plates
Perhaps the most importance piece of kit you need if your looking to improve your overall strength.In a previous article above I gave you the best 5 exercises to have in your program.2 of them would have been around this area.The squat and the deadlift are by far 2 of the king exercises you need in your gym program.I always suggest to squat twice a week and try to pull from the floor deadlifting at least once per week.Going about this the smart way is best.Only get near a barbell if you mobility allows you and you have built up the technique in others areas such as goblet squats or even KB deadlifts before progressing towards the bars.2 bars I use are hex bars or straight bars.Here is a quick 60 second video below on how to back squat correctly
Exercises below include
Back squat Single arm Landmine press OH squat
Front squat Bench press Bent over row
Deadlift Chin/Pull up (If squat rack has a bar) Inverted row
Its always good having other bits and bobs about that can be brought into your sessions.Below are other bits I have used with clients.
Jump rope Battle rope AB matt
Plyo boxes Gym rings Rowing machine
Prolwer TRX suspension trainer Med ball/slam ball
*All these pieces of equipment are generally all the added pieces that can be brought into your metcon/conditioning portions of your workout.
I hope you’ve found this information useful and if you need any more advice you can pop me a direct message from the links below. You can also get more advice on my social media pages, which are also linked below.
You can also see some of his previous articles here.