I love gym “toys”….BOSU trainers, TRX straps, Smith machines, dumbbells, bands….the more the merrier! I have a pretty sweet home gym, with one of my favorite pieces being my cable crossover machine.
I’ve been collecting equipment for years, and I have a pretty good space to put it all. But if you’re thinking of creating your own place to work out at home, you don’t have to get too complicated. On the flip side, if you have deep pockets, you can create a space you’ll never want to leave!
Cathy's favorite piece of equipment
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I spent a day at the in Columbus, Ohio, and was excited to see all the new fitness tools and gadgets. I love having new “tools for my toolbox”, and was intrigued by the LibertyBell offered by .
It looks like a bowl with a clapper inside, and according to Blue Chip, is designed to allow the user to do all traditional kettlebell and dumbbell exercises, as well as many dynamic exercises, like running and jumping. All with a greater degree of effort, safety, and control.
I asked Wayne Hickman, the owner of Blue Chip Fitness to demonstrate:
The great thing about working out is that there’s an infinite amount of ways to move our bodies. Adding another device to meet your fitness goals is in my opinion, a great way to keep your workouts fresh and exciting. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the LibertyBell!
We have a new “toy” at the Hockessin Athletic Club where I train part-time. It’s called the , developed by a yoga teacher named Tony Susnjara. It looks like a plate on wheels. Have you ever had a plant in a pot that was so big you couldn’t lift it? You may have put it on a wheeled platform to move the plant from room to room. That’s basically what this looks like!
It’s a “multi-directional rolling platform”, which means it rolls through all planes of motion. It moves as you move, it changes direction as your body does. It lets you push, pull, twist and balance. It flows around the body, and with it, you can make almost all basic moves more challenging…lunges, push ups, stretches and more.
Most of the moves involve core activation—you can -really- feel your abs engage as you hold yourself still, or upright, or pull through a movement. Check out HAC member Rush Fisher moving through a complete body series:
rush on freeform
Anytime you can challenge your body to work as it does in real life, you are “teaching” it to do what you want, when you want. We all have to stand on one leg sometimes to pick up a pencil. We must reach way overhead while leaning over a counter to reach something in our kitchen cupboards. We need to get up and down from chairs, often quickly. helps to train the body to move “functionally”.
I’m a fan. So the next time you hear me say, “I’m rolling through the gym”, I’m REALLY rolling through the gym!