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More exercise equipment considerations

Exercise equipment is everywhere. Whether you’re walking through the aisles of a fitness store or you’re at the supermarket, you’re sure to see a jump rope, thigh toner or balance board. Each one boasts great fitness results, which can make it really hard to choose one to purchase.

A few weeks back, I started creating a list of exercise equipment. That list was by no means an all-encompassing look at the equipment that’s available on the market. Today, I want to delve into more pieces that are commonly used. Below are four more pieces of fitness equipment with the pros and cons of each.

Barbell

barbell. Copyright Body and Mind by MunaThe pros:
Investing in a barbell is a good option if you like to do strength training and/or lift weights. There are so many exercises to do with a barbell, which makes it relatively easy to gain strength.

The cons:
If you buy a barbell, you also have to purchase weight plates. This can be expensive, especially if you want heavy weights. Additionally, it is wise to invest in a squat rack as well. One other con about barbells is the fact that you have to train both sides of your body at the same time. That said, your stronger side will want to take over the exercise, and you probably won’t even notice it.

Agility ladder

The pros:
Agility ladders require your mind and body to work together to get you through a series of exercises without tripping over the ladder. This means you’re not only working on your physical fitness, you’re also working on your mental abilities. In addition, agility ladders are ideal for cardio, strength and flexibility workouts –  depending on what your fitness goals are.

The cons:
You need to be coordinated to get the full benefits of an agility ladder. Coordination does not come easy for everyone; so if you know you have a hard time with this, you may want to consider a differ piece of exercise equipment.

Suspension trainer

The pros:
Suspension trainers are great when you want total body exercises that can be modified easily. The reason stems from the fact that you have to engage your core every single time you use one. You’re using your body weight in coordination with the instability of the suspension trainer to create super effective workouts.

The cons:
Setting up a suspension trainer is supposed to be easy, but sometimes it is a headache. Most can be hung on doors. However, you have to take into consideration how much you weigh before you trust that door to keep you from falling on your face if it gives way.

Medicine balls

medicine ball. Copyright Body and Mind by MunaThe pros:
You can use medicine balls for strength or cardio, and there are some pretty cool exercises you can try. Since we don’t usually throw weighted balls around, using one can also spice up your workout routine and make it a bit more fun.

The cons:
There are only so many things you can do with a medicine ball. And while the exercise library includes some pretty intense moves, this piece of equipment is not a very dynamic tool.

Before you choose any piece of exercise equipment to purchase, think about what your fitness goals are. Any workout tools you use should put you on the right path to achieving your goals. If you want to see the pros and cons of other pieces of exercise equipment (like jump ropes, dumbbells, kettlebells, pull-up bars and resistance bands), head on over to Part 1 of this series.

And if you need help creating goals, figuring out which equipment to purchase or want a few pre-designed workouts to complete, all you have to do is let me know!

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