We are always curious to find out what things people use to help them reach their goals. In the past year, we have really honed in on some items that have truly helped us in our quest to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. Try them out for yourselves. We think you will love them too!
Gold’s Gym 30″ Foam Roller
Walmart – $25
There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t use our foam roller. These babies come in several different sizes and if you’re really looking for a hurtin’ you can buy a roller with tread! (See below)
Play It Again Sports – $45
Ahhhh. This one hurts sooooo good. We can thank P90X2 for showing us such an amazing product by Rogue Fitness. They are a little pricey, but my hubby is amazing and just bought me a 12″ one for V-Day. Thank you!
Gold’s Gym 65 cm Body Ball
Walmart – $9
Not only do we use this ball to work just about any body part, I use it as my “chair” at work. Sitting at a desk on a ball is way more fun (and beneficial) than sitting in a boring ol’ office chair!
Gold’s Gym Weight Lifting Gloves
Walmart – $25
I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have these for my workouts! Not only do they protect me from getting numerous blisters, they have the same effect on me mentally that Sylvester Stalone’s hat being turned backwards has on him in the movie Over the Top! haha.
Gold’s Gym Speed Jump Rope
Walmart – $3
Another must-have item for any home gym. It also doubles as a microphone for my kids when they decide they need to rock out.
Gold’s Gym Resistance Tube – Extra Heavy
Walmart – $15
Great for all sorts of exercises especially if you can’t get to the gym on a pull day, And even though my husband makes fun of me, I use it as a pull-up assist as well.
Amazon.com – $20
These are far superior to those other blender ball type things. Plus you get two compartments for your powders and a pill caddy for when your on the go. Very convenient!
Weight Lifting and Larger Equipment
We have a modge-podge of brands when it comes to our standard weight lifting equipment. We are strong believers in snagging this stuff second-hand. Play It Again Sports is our go-to retail shop, if you have one in your area, you should definitely pop in regularly to see what treasures you can find.
Olympic Bar & Weight Set
Gold’s Gym Weight Tree
Walmart – $35
Standard Dumbbell Weight Set
Amazon.com – $20
Weider Club 720 Home Gym
We found this gem on craigslist.com and we still can’t believe what a deal we got! Always keep your eyes open! You never know what you will come across.
Avari Magnetic Elliptical
staminaproducts.com – $599
We try to get all of our cardio done outdoors, but in the winter or on a rainy day, this is really nice to have on hand…very low impact too, so your joints don’t get as banged up!
Stamina Fold-to-Fit Equipment Mat
staminaproducts.com – $49
These are great all-purpose mats. We use them to put our plates, weights and other various gym equipment. Sometimes you can even catch me using it as an exercise mat.
When I decided in April of 2012 that I was going to change my life, I pulled out my old, tattered, cotton cheearleading shorts (not the shorts I wore when I was an actual cheerleader, the shorts I bought in college when I was out of shape and in denial that I was, in fact, no longer a cheearleader) my Old Navy tank tops and 3 year old Nike Shox to workout in. Someone was kind enough to recognize that I needed to experience what it felt like to sweat my ass off in actual workout clothes and took me shopping. It was in that moment that I became a Nike DriFit and Pro Combat snob. We encourage you to splurge a little and get at least one outfit that is made for some serious cross training. It will change the way you feel during a workout! Here are some of our favorites.
Nike Pro Combat Compression Shorts
Academy – $28
Many say that compression helps with muscle meeting maximal strength and I agree these shorts I have made my squat only breifs. Plus no bunching!
Nike Pro Combat Bottoms
Academy – $20 – $40
I would wear my Pro Combat bottoms all day, every day if I had enough pairs to do it. They come in all sorts of lengths ranging from 2.5″ inseam to the length of your legs. My faves are the capris.
Nike Flow Tank Top
Academy – $22
These DriFit tanks are loose enough to be super comfortable, but not so loose they get in the way of your workout. They come in lots of different colors too.
Nike Free Training 2
LadyFootlocker – $99
These are super comfortable and incredibly flexible. I do all my lifting and cross training in these babies. I love them so much, I wear them when I’m just out and about as well.
New Balance Minimus Trail 10
NewBalance.com – $90
Never Being a runner and after reading “Born To Run” I found these to be the only shoe that I can log long miles in without with out feeling the pain other shoes have brought on me. Worth taking the time to learn a new stride!
New Balance Minimus Trail 20
NewBalance.com – $100
For all my outdoor running, road or trail, I wear these shoes. I have always complained of ankle and knee issues, but once I started “barefoot” running, they seemed to disappear. I am a true believer in this style of running.
Casio G-Shock Mudman
Any watch is good to have, but this is the model you get issued in 2nd phase of Seal training. I would say its been tried and tested by the best. That’s why I trust it for my interval training. Comes in many colors and styles.
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