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5 Gym Accessories You Absolutely Need

by Marine Le Sager October 24, 2019

Discover 5 Fitness Accessories For More Efficient Workouts

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Did you ever wonder what were all of these fitness accessories you were seeing on Instagram?

Some could seem pointless, even painful to use. Think again! We selected the best and most efficient gym equipment you need in order to improve your workout and bring them to the next level. 

And, surprise! All of the listed materials don't require any gym! Whenever you live in a mansion or in a student room, next to green spaces or in the city, you can work out everywhere!! Also, we picked home gym equipment that is less than 20$ each! So you don't have any excuses anymore for skipping training!

Keep reading if you want to find out about our 5 essential gym accessories.

  1. Exercise Ball
  2. Elastic Band
  3. Push-Ups Bars
  4. Ab Roller
  5. Foam Roller

 

Exercise Ball

Exercice Ball 

The exercise ball, AKA yoga ballswiss ball or gym ball is a very cheap accessory that allows you to focus on muscular contraction during stability exercises. The instability caused by the ball will require a deep strain on the muscles.

The exercises performed on the exercise ball allow you to build up your body lengthwise thanks to stretching movements with a much wider amplitude than during exercises performed on the ground. Your deep muscles become stronger, flexible, and toned which also allows for a better upright posture.

If you want to know more about this home gym equipment, its benefits and the exercises you can do with it, check out our blog post Exercise Ball Workout - Strengthen your core

 

Elastic Band

Elastic Resistance Bands 

The elastic bands are home gym equipment that is certainly the cheapest fitness accessory but also one of the most effective! Whether you are a beginner or already more experienced, resistance band exercises will put your muscles to a considerable test.

The use of elastic bands offers many advantages:

  • Variable resistance,
  • Muscles tension, 
  • Relieve of joint and fewer injuries, 
  • Training optimization,
  • Gain strength and explosiveness, etc.

It exists many elastic bands of various thickness, colors, and size that allow you to have access to a wide range of resistance for harder exercises. During your training, we recommend you to vary with the resistance band's models, so you can have a different level of resistance for your squats, pumps, dips, pulls, etc. 

For lower body training, use a high strength band, for upper body training, an easier one. If you are not sure, green stripes generally offer medium strength.

The best part is that you don't need a gym! Take your resistance band wherever you want and work out at the park or in your room!

High Plank Leg Lift

High Plank Leg Lift

Repetition: 15 on each side

Time: around 45 seconds 

  1. Stand in a high plank position with your hands and feet on the ground. Your body should form a straight line from head to feet.
  2. The resistance band is placed around your ankles.
  3. Tighten the muscles of your trunk and bottom, and lift your left leg to the ceiling to tighten the elastic band. Keep your back straight, without bending your back.
  4. Return to the starting position.
  5. Lift your right leg to the ceiling to tighten the elastic band. Keep your back straight, without bending your back.
  6. Repeat the movement

Tips: Before purchasing your elastic band, try all the types of brands and resistance levels available in store so you have an accessory that fits your needs. 

 

Push-Ups Bars

Push Ups Bars

Are you tired of having wrist pain during your push-ups exercises? Practice them with the push-ups bars for more comfort!

Push-ups strengthen the pectoral muscles, deltoids, and triceps. Easy to integrate into a workout session, they do not require any equipment.

However, the disadvantage of push-ups on the ground is that the wrists can be badly injured. The best solution is the use of push-ups handles.

Push-ups bars make the execution of the movement more efficient and less painful since they relieve your wrist and elbows' joints. Moreover, this gym accessory raises your hands and therefore increases the amplitude of the movement.

Classic Push-ups

Repetition: 15

Time: around 45 seconds, depending on your speed

  1. Put your hands on the bars, spaced from the width of the shoulders, or a little wider if you want to increase the amplitude and work harder on your pectoral muscles.
  2. Your body should form a straight line from head to feet.
  3. Bend the arms to bring the torso to the ground.
  4. Push on the arms by contracting the pectoral muscles to return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat the movement.

 

Ab Roller

Ab Roller 

The ab roller is a wheel, with a handle on each side, that allows you to work on your core and more. Not only you solicit your entire abdominal belt, but the ab wheel also helps you to develop your shoulders and triceps and back in the same movement. With the help of this accessory, you can do very complete training!

Muscles Roller Ab

You can choose between two different models, depending on the position of the wheel: "stable" or "unstable". Thus, it allows you to increase or decrease the stability of the exercises. The more unstable, the more efficient the movement will be to work on your power abs! 

Ab Roller Core Strenght

Repetition: -

Time: 45 seconds to 1 minute

  1. Put your knees on the ground as if you were going to make push-ups on your knees.
  2. Put your hands on the handles, close to the wheel. In this way, the core strength is more effective.
  3. Roll the ab wheel in front of you, as far as you can go and come back to the initial position. Use your core when you bring the wheel towards you to straighten up.
  4. Repeat the back and forth movement.

Tips: If you do this exercise at home, don't forget to use a yoga mat so you don't damage your floor with the ab roller

 

Foam Roller

 Foam Roller

Now that you worked all your body with the different gym accessories, your muscles feel probably a bit tight. And what is better than massages after a great and efficient training session? Let me introduce you to the last home fitness equipment.

The foam roller is a massage roller that is very practical for performing self-massage. It gives a relaxing effect that helps muscle recovery and to improve physical performance. Usually, you can use it a couple of hours after your training, so your muscles have time to chill.

It could be more or less dense depending on the model. The soft foam rollers, mainly used in Pilates, are less effective for self-massage but cheaper. On the other hand, the more rigid rollers are more expensive. They usually have some grids on the surface for a stronger rubbing. If you don't like intense massages, go on your way!

The foam roller benefits are numerous:

  • Muscle knots relaxation,
  • Improvement of vascularization
  • Pain relief & reduction of aches
  • Increase muscle flexibility
  • Increase range of motion
  • Eliminate muscle tension and pain

Hamstring Relieve

Foam Roller Massage

Repetition: -

Time: 1 to 2 minutes

  1. Start by sitting on the floor and placing the roller under your legs
  2. Roll your legs on the foam roller. Use your arms to support yourself and adjust the pressure you put on the targeted areas.

Tips: depending on the roll and the brand, this home gym equipment can cost until 50$. Thus, some brands offer massage rolls for about 20$ that you can find on Amazon. However, be careful with the quality of the object.


Diversify your workout sessions so you are never bored! We encourage you to be curious and use new equipment once in a while! Some of the fitness equipment mentioned above are extremely efficient and are often put aside! Please, share this list with your fitness buddies so they can also discover new ways of working out!

We hope this article's recommendation will have you feeling stronger than ever before. If you use one of these accessories during your training, don't forget to take a pic of you and to tag us on social media with #takeflight.

Once you are done working out don't forget to drink Falcon Protein to get the best out of your sweat. Have you checked the recipe from Paola The Vegan Booty yet? Look for her Almonds & Cherry Jam Protein Bars recipe (add link), the perfect post-workout snack! For this and more post-workout snack please feel free to have a look at our Birdman blog

 

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