Three Fitness Toys You Should Have That You Don’t Have Now

Maurice Williams | 23 Aug 2018

Three Fitness Toys You Should Have That You Don’t Have Now

What fitness professional is not attracted to some new shiny piece of fitness equipment? On numerous occasions, I have glanced through fitness equipment magazines, looked on the web or visited a fitness gym and saw something that I wanted. If you’re like me, then I know you can relate.

However, if we bought every piece of fitness equipment that came across our eyesight, our facilities would be crowded with lots of toys and no clients! So, how do we decide what equipment we need for the clientele we serve? I’m so glad you asked this question!

Here are four “litmus test” questions to ask yourself before you decide to purchase any fitness toys:

  1. Is this for my clients or me?
  2. Do I have something similar to this that does the same thing?
  3. Will it give me a return on my investment?
  4. Can it improve or enhance traditional exercises in a regressive or progression fashion?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll discover that your choice of new fitness toys will be drastically reduced.
Here are three fitness toys that surpass the “litmus test” that you probably don’t currently own, but you should!

Mecaback Wedge

I was introduced to the Mecaback Wedge in 2010 by a local fitness professional in my area. It is designed to work on four key areas of one’s spine and core: mobility, elasticity, core strength and adaptability.

The wedge is designed to prevent traditional help from the hip flexors and rounding of the spine (i.e. posterior pelvic tilt) during crunching exercises. It does this by allowing the lower back to remain extended (preventing the posterior pelvic tilt), which forces the abdominals to work with a more forceful contraction and through a greater range of motion.

While initially designed for people with low back issues, it is now used with the healthy population too.  From my research, there’s nothing else like it on the market today. If you specialize in corrective exercise and work with low back pain clients, this is a MUST have for you.

Flyte Fitness Core Flytes

The Core Flytes are the second piece of fitness equipment you should have. Although similar to the gliding disks, Valslide and Ab Dolly, the Core Flytes are so much more versatile and functional.

They can be used on any type of surface (thanks to their patented three ball transfer units design), move in all planes of motion, used in static and dynamic ways and is great at increasing muscle activation for not only primary, but secondary and tertiary muscles too.

I’m a huge fan of these, as you can add an external piece of equipment (i.e. dumbbell, medicine ball or body weight bands) with them and get a really great (and new) exercise!

Most Fit Core Hammer

As a Most Fit Master Instructor, I’m biased to the last piece of fitness equipment that you should have that you currently don’t!

With the MostFit Core Hammer, you no longer need a bulky tire for power or HIT type of workouts. It’s portable and extremely versatile.  You can swing it like a sledgehammer against the ground, wall, driveway, cement floor or, use it like a mace to develop shoulder strength, mobility and stability.

The Core Hammer’s long lever and distally loaded end provide endless options for unilateral and asymmetrical strength challenges, core exercises and rotational, mobility and stability work.

Check out this great Core Hammer workout program designed by fitness expert Jonathan Ross. It will show you just how versatile the Core Hammer is.

Conclusion

Deciding which fitness toys to buy for your clientele can be overwhelming and lead you to buy things you really don’t need. However, I hope that you now know how to buy fitness toys and which ones will benefit your business and clients.

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Maurice Williams

About the author: Maurice Williams

Maurice Williams offers a rare combination of advanced academic training, personal experience as a competitive athlete, and twenty years of experience in personal fitness and training. That combination –- a strong understanding of exercise and sport science and clinical exercise physiology, the determination of a competitive athlete, and broad fitness experience –- makes Maurice uniquely effective in helping his clients meet their health and fitness goals. He has a BS in Exercise/Sport Science from Elon University and an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Ohio University.

Experience that makes a difference for you
Recognized as a Master Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and an Elite Personal Fitness Trainer by IDEA, Maurice can help you no matter what your age, condition, or fitness goals. He works with women between the ages of 35-50 who are looking to regain the energy and look that they had in their 20’s and 30’s so they will not be frustrated and upset with themselves when they look in the mirror. He also is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist & Fitness Nutrition Specialist by NASM, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Barefoot Training Specialist-Level 1 through EBFA, a Fitness Nutrition Coach-Level 1 through Precision Nutrition and a Master Instructor for NASM & Most-Fit. As a fitness educator with his own education company, Move Well Fit Academy, Maurice teaches the Certified Personal Trainer course through NASM.

Smart Training that Produces Results
Maurice exercises his clients through the concept of functional training – focusing on everyday body movements, not muscles, in a progressive fashion to allow for optimal improvements in everyday activities, such as walking and lifting, as well as helping contribute to weight loss, increased stamina and strength. Maurice has helped people match exercise to their specific health challenges, too, including diabetes, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, coronary artery disease, lower back pain, pulmonary issues, and pregnancy. His personal training studio, Move Well Fitness, specializes in 30-minute, semi-private (3-5 people) personal group training sessions that action packed with results driven programs. 

The Right Values
Maurice believes “Everyone has fitness is them, the challenge is bringing the fitness out.” His current workout includes resistance training, cardio and yoga. A former high school and collegiate athlete, Maurice grew up in South Carolina with roots that reach back to Brooklyn, NY. An avid sports fan, he still roots for Elon and his favorites, the Miami Hurricanes and the UNC Tarheels. A leader in his church, husband with a beautiful wife (just ask him) and father of four children, Maurice brings the right values to his work and his clients – a shared commitment to good health and fitness, an honest determination, and an understanding of what it takes to meet difficult challenges.

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