Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Newest Workout Equipment to Transform Your Fitness Program

If you watch television at all, you have probably seen some crazy new workout equipment on some of the infomercials. It seems like every week a new “miracle” exercise machine or program comes out that promises to give you the fitness results you’ve always dreamed of. Some of these exercise gadgets look decent but others look like the cast-offs of a mad scientist. You don’t have to get the latest, greatest gadgets that are advertised on TV but sometimes it helps to stay on top of what’s new in the exercise equipment industry to see if any new products might help you achieve your fitness goals.

Here are a few, relatively new pieces of exercise equipment that can make intense workouts more productive.

•    Kettle-bells – Though Kettle-bells have actually been around for decades, they have only recently become popular in the United States. Kettle-bells are essential free-weights but they are designed a lot differently than the weights you might be used to working out with. Instead of a dumbbell, or barbell with weight evenly distributed on both sides, kettle-bells have one large ball of weight directly underneath a handle. The way that the weight is distributed on a kettle-bell makes working out with it more difficult, challenging and more likely to produce results. If you’ve worked out with free-weights in the past, you might be surprised that even light kettle-bells can be very difficult to work with until you get used to them.

•    Heavy Duty Grip Trainers. You may have used grip trainers before. These staples of strong man competitions are typically made with plastic handles and can usually be closed very easily by just about anyone. There are newer heavy duty grippers on the market that really put your grip strength to the test. Some of these grip trainers provide in excess of 100 lbs of pressure. These kinds of grip trainers can take your workout experience to a whole new level. On the heavy lifts your grip is often the weakest link in the chain. A stronger grip means the ability to lift more weight, which equals increased strength and muscle development.

Kettle-bells and heavy duty grip trainers are just a few pieces of workout equipment that you might want to add to your collection. These pieces of workout gear can get you on the path to amazing new breakthroughs in the weight room and can make it easier to attain your fitness goals.

Written by J.J. Gibbons of Ultimate Fitness Gear, your top source for the Insanity Workout routine. Get Insanity now.

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