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A list of the exercise tools I use regularly in my home exercise program.
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These are the topics (workout programs and products) about which I most frequently get asked for recommendations.
For flat out cardio I love Insanity Max:30
You can’t beat this series for an intense workout with a great instructor in just 30 minutes (32 with the cool down).
The best part–You don’t need any equipment!* (*If you’re on a hard surface you may want a mat for some of the exercises).
Read more about every single Insanity Max:30 routine.
SWEATSTYLE is my favorite Monthly Fitness Apparel Subscription Program (although keep reading to see who came in a very close second).
It was REALLY hard to pick just one company. Sweatstyle has a unique perspective with high-quality products and good customer service.
Check out, Sweatstyle Will Put the Excitement Back in Your Workout, for answers to all your questions about Sweatstyle.
Each of these companies has at least one outstanding quality. I’d recommend (almost) any one of them without reservations.
WANTABLE (has the best customer service and communication…Wantable kind of tied with Sweatstyle for my favorite)
I recommend reading Your Guide to the Wantable Fitness Edit for all the details.
ARMOUR BOX is the new workout clothes subscription program by Under Armour.
These are hands-down my favorite dumbbells.
They come in a range of colors up to 15 lbs.
If you need more than 15 lbs. then you can try these instead.
PRO TIP>>Read A Woman’s Guide to Buying Dumbbells for more expert advice.
Check out MY FAVORITE DUMBBELLS using the links below:
PRO TIP>>Always buy dumbbells in pairs!
If you use a step to do home exercise routines this will be the most important purchase you make (besides the workouts you buy).
Do NOT buy a narrow (circuit-sized) step with little supports under it. I have one. (When you flip it over and end up in a twisted puddle on the floor you’ll remember this advice. I’ve done it. It’s not pretty.)
You need a big step with risers under it. It’s for safety reasons. Please, for the love of monkeys, listen to me on this.
Guess what? I sell these. Buy one of my beautiful aerobic steps or buy one similar to it.
My workout step is my favorite piece of equipment.
I use it for HiiT, low-impact, Plyometrics, sculpting and traditional step aerobics.
Invest your hard-earned money in good equipment. It will pay off.
Not only is this step the safest option, it’s the most versatile because you can add risers to each side and easily expand the number of workouts you can do.
Here’s a link to get more risers.
X10 is my favorite Cathe Friedrich CARDIO workout.
You’ll need some equipment to do X10 (read my X10 review to find out exactly which tools you’ll need).
This program is INTENSE! I burn over 700 calories when I do the X77 premix on this video!
The routine is broken down into several different parts. You’ll never get bored. And the choreography is simple so anyone can (and should) try this one.
My favorite Cathe Friedrich STRENGTH video is Muscle Max
Muscle Max is classic weight training.
I love that Cathe goes heavy on the weights and hits every single major muscle group.
Do this routine every week to completely change the shape of your body. (You can read more about the exercises in Muscle Max.)
And for CARDIO + SCULPTING check out Athletic Training.
Holy hell this routine is HARD! I love it.
You’ll feel like a complete badass when you finish Athletic Training.
Buy this one and see what I’m talking about.
For more information read a complete review of all the parts to Athletic Training.
The Polar FT7 will get the job done but I’d recommend upgrading to a newer model like the Polar A370 if you want to make the most of the technology. Whatever model you decide on I’d recommend getting a heart rate monitor that pairs with a chest strap for the most accurate data.
The higher priced models (not the Polar FT4 or FT7) give you access to Polar Flow (a web service that helps you chart all the data your Polar device collects).
This article explains the uses of Polar Flow a little better but you won’t really appreciate the service until you use it yourself.
You can visit this page to get a comparison of all the latest Polar models.
Core De Force is my favorite kickbox workout
This is the new program by Beachbody. If you’re looking for a fun new workout and you love the kickbox style then this is a good investment.
I break down every aspect of Core De Force for you in this article. Read it before you invest in Core De Force.
You’ll need these in some of Cathe Friedrich’s routines.
Yes, you can use paper plates or a rag (if you’re on hardwood) but I promise you’ll be MUCH happier investing in a couple of these sliders instead. And they come in 4 different colors:-)
You can do a ton of different programs with exercise bands and tubing.
You only need one band but make sure you get a long one (like the one below) and I recommend the blue resistance band (medium tension).
For tubing, you’ll need a few different ones. There’s just not one tube that will have the right resistance for every exercise.
These push up stands by Tony Horton really are the best style.
The big bulky handles with grip covers are the perfect size for my hands.
I have another model that doesn’t have the big base support and they just aren’t as safe. (Don’t get a pair that swivel. Trust me. You’ll hate them.)
These push up stands are the safest, most comfortable and best investment, in my opinion.
Shaun T also uses one in the Insanity Asylum series.
Make sure you measure your door frame before you order a pull-up bar! Not every door frame (or pull-up bar) is the same width.
Also, pay attention to the weight limits of the pull-up bar. There are different max weights. Get a heavy duty bar so you’re safe.
Girls, you’ll love the assist band.
With this device you’ll be able to crank out a lot more quality reps than without it. (You hook it to the top of the pull-up bar and stick your foot in the loop.) This thing is magic.
The size of the ball matters. For women, I’d recommend you start with a 55 cm ball (but you may need to end up with 2 different sizes to accommodate every workout).
My favorite running socks are the X31 Knee High Compression Socks
Wearing cool stuff makes a workout better. It’s just a fact. These socks always make a run better for me.