Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ask the Trainer: What is the one piece of equipment you couldn't go without?

Answer: Since I workout almost exclusively at home I'll answer in terms of home fitness equipment.

If we're going to keep it really simple then I'd say a pull-up bar. This is because I can work almost every muscle group effectively with body weight exercises alone. The exceptions are back and biceps. However, with a pull-up bar you can use your own body weight for resistance to work the back and biceps muscles as you pull (or try to pull) yourself up on the bar.

Either resistance bands or a set of dumbbells would also be a good choice. They would allow you to work all your muscle groups including your back and biceps and broaden the range of exercises you could do. So, they'd give you a good full body workout and by expanding the list of exercises that would be available to you they would help create variety.

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