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:
- Is this for my clients or me?
- Do I have something similar to this that does the same thing?
- Will it give me a return on my investment?
- 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!
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.
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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