People got in shape well before there was a gym in every town and P90X came around. This 9 lb Muhammad Ali Collection Medicine Ball by Everlast will help you increase your strength and conditioning in old school fashion. Just like boxers and other athletes have done for years, using a medicine ball will help you get toned and really work your abs and core.
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If you’re looking to get back into shape in 2012, give yourself a head start with some weight lifting equipment. Perfect for the home gym owner with limited space, this self contained Bowflex PR3000 home gym will allow you to do up to 50 weight lifting exercises without the need to store dumbbells and plates. As is, it provides from 5 to 210 lbs of resistance, but 100 more can be added for you animals out there.
GET IT: $898 (31% Off)
There aren’t too many activities better for strength training than rock climbing. That being said, climbing a mountain may not always be convenient – especially if you live in the city. Yet, you can still get all the upper-body benefits from a climbing training board. This board mounts to your wall or doorway (make sure you find the studs or it’s going to be a short climb) and features an array of grips and holds. Whether you’re training for actual climbing or just trying to add to your workout routine, you’re destined to see good results if you use one of these bad boys.
GET IT: $55
June is only days away and the shirtless season has begun. Push-ups are an easy way to keep your upper body fit, toned, and looking good. With these P90X premium grade push-up PowerStands will enable you to do a deeper push-up and maximize your workout. Designed by Tony Horton, they are the perfect addition to your home gym for strengthening and sculpting your arms, shoulders, chest, and back.
GET IT: $52
If you’re having trouble coming up with a good home workout routine but don’t want to be locked into a pricey gym membership, the P90X Extreme Home Fitness plan offers a solution. Included in the set you’ll get 12 highly diverse and intense workout DVDs, nutritional planner, and a calendar to track your progress. The diversity of the workouts is what makes this a well rounded program and also keeps it interesting (doing the same workout every day can be very boring). On top of traditional muscle building exercises, there are workouts that feature exercise forms such as Kenpo, Yoga, and Plyometrics. With these sweat-dripping workouts and the nutrition plan, you’ll be shedding fat and adding muscle in no time.
Simple exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups go a long way in building strength and muscular endurance. There are a lot of pull-up bars on the market, but this upper body workout bar from Iron Gym allows you to do much more. Sit-ups, push-ups, and dips are added to the functionality. It also has multiple grips so you can isolate different muscle groups. A great way to work your upper body without leaving the house.
GET IT: Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar – Extreme Edition $38
I first started doing the SmartBells workout when I was wrestling in high school and did some summer training with the inventor (Paul Widerman, olympic wrestler). While many of the exercises are similar to traditional weight lifting, the smart bell routine does a better job of building endurance and is easier on your joints. Another great thing about using SmartBells is their portability. Not everyone has the room for exercise equipment in their home and you can get the same results as a “gym” workout with just one SmartBell. They come in a variety of weights to match different strength/experience levels and also include an instructional DVD. Check out this great fitness revolution that is being used by professional sports teams and Navy Seals at ThinkFit.com
Having a home gym usually means taking up a lot of space, but Bowflex SelectTech Dumbells change all of that. Each dumbell is adjustable from 5 to 52.5 lbs. Just set the dial to the weight you want and lift, it’s that easy. They can be set to 15 different weights, making them 15x more space efficient than ordinary dumbells.
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells $397
Summertime is quickly approaching and you’re going to want to look your best. Jumping rope is an excellent cardio workout that you can even do in front of the TV. Alternatives include StairMasters and treadmills which cost thousands of dollars and take up a ton of room. For $12.99 you can get a quality jump rope such as this Everlast Deluxe Speed Rope and get the same results (and it’ll fit in your sock drawer). Jumping rope also increases your agility and reflexes so before you know it you’ll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
Everlast Deluxe Speed Rope $12.99 on Amazon