Fitness Equipment – My Recommendations
When it comes to fitness equipment, there is a ton of stuff to look through.
One of the main points of Body Snaps is to help people who don’t know where to begin by sharing my journey with the Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge and what I am using personally.
What I Have Done So Far…
At the time of this writing I have converted my garage into a gym. I did this for a few reasons:
- I hate going to gyms
- Don’t want a gym membership
- Can work out literally any time I want without any commute
- Convenience, convenience, convenience
I am a big believer that if you want to radically change your body for the better than you are going have to show up. If you are not showing up to the gym, if you are not drinking the shakes, if you are not even attempting to do what you planned…
You’re going to fail.
Pretty simple stuff.
That is why I wanted my gym to be IN my home. It just takes away so many excuses I use to use all the time. I use to tell friends the roads are too icy (I live in Alaska) or I would tell myself that, or its too dark out, its too light out blah blah blah.
Excuses. They’ll keep you broke, fat and feeling worthless.
That is why I built the gym. And by “Built” I really mean just put a bunch of fitness equipment into my garage haha.
My Current Fitness Equipment
This is my exhaustive list of what I currently own and use so far:
1. Leg Press & Bench Press
It is actually a combo between the traditional leg press and the bench press. They’re combined and so it saves a lot of room – which is a BIG thing in a small garage.
I actually have not used this too much just yet (you’ll find out why below) but I am planning on getting barbells for my bench press. I have one right now, but you can’t really change out the weights on the barbell. It has a strange screw that makes it just annoying to change out.
Looking forward to getting a real bar!
You can find a leg press / bench press setup here on Amazon – Addidas Olympic Weight Bench
I think the benefits of a treadmill are pretty obvious. They are a staple of any gym. Though I was recently talking with a friend who shared an article about how running might not be the best exercise for us.
Honestly, that kind of flies in the face of a lot of research (doesn’t make his article wrong of course, I don’t have enough certifications in anything to talk whether or not running is truly good or truly bad).
For now as an amateur, I will say that running is likely one of the best things you can do. Right now I am mainly using my treadmill to run for about 10 minutes after I stretch, and then 10 minutes again after I get done with my work out.
This way keeps my blood up and pumping and I hear that is a pretty good thing.
I got my treadmill for free from my father who doesn’t use his anymore, but if you do not have a friend or family member getting rid of gym gear then check out the Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill on Amazon
3. Kettlebells (Okay Just One)
I read in The 4 Hour Body (great book by the way that you can pick up here) that Kettle Bells are pretty close to the best damn weight loss exercise equipment you can have. So of course, for my first real addition to my garage gym where I spent my actual money on was to get me a set of kettle bells.
Now, I only got one kettle bell so far. A 10 lb demon haha.
But this thing is WRECKING me.
Doing kettle bell squats are destroying my thighs (in a really good way of course). I think this is probably the best investment I made when it comes to my home gym and I highly recommend it.
You can find kettle bells in all kinds of weights. I would recommend starting off a little lower than what you’re used to unless you’re pretty familiar with kettle bell squats already. Doing this kind of exercise is actually pretty difficult (though it starts out looking so easy).
These things WILL make you ache – powerful stuff.
4. Jump Rope
I actually need to buy a new jump rope – the one I was using has been totally shredded from use. I would recommend getting a high quality jump rope but don’t break the bank on one, these things can be a dime a dozen and they all accomplish more or less the same thing.
I’ll probably end up buying this jump rope to replace my cheapo one (this jump rope donates a $1 to prostate cancer with every purchase so that’s what decided my buying decision).
It’s called a Skip Rope and apparently there is a 30-day money back guarantee which might be important to you. For me, I don’t care enough to return things of that nature typically haha.
Anyhow, here is the link to the Skip Rope, buy one and help prostate cancer research.
5. Yoga Mat
I am not sure what the correct term for this item it is – it’s not exactly a yoga mat but probably can be used as one. It is more of an impact absorbing mat. I use it a lot for jump roping instead of just jumping on the concrete in my garage over and over again. Also it is great for doing push ups, or stretching on before I hop onto the treadmill or get into the meat of my work out.
Once I learn more about meditating, I will likely use this mat for that as well!
Pretty much any mat will do, but this is the kind of mat I got: Blue Tumbling Mat
6. Oster 250-Watt My Blender with Personal Sports Bottle
This thing is badass.
It is a small time blender which I love because I am all about conserving space in my kitchen (and anywhere in my house). It is another two-in-one’er kind of like the leg press and bench press deal.
It comes with both a blender and the sports bottle. The sports bottle acts as the place where all the mixing happens, since the blades are actually tied into the sports bottle’s lid itself.
For a moment I wasn’t quite sure how to actually blend with this baby, but then realized you just push down on it and it goes full spin.
Apparently you can crush ice with it and do all sorts of awesome fruit smoothies, so far I’ve only used it to make my protein shakes and it has worked really great for me. Definitely check out the Oster My Blender on Amazon (this is the exact model I have).
7. Body By Vi Shakes
Okay, not really fitness equipment but I believe this is important to mention. Especially since my friend challenging me to do the 90 Day Challenge is my main motivation to even starting this blog in the first place – and coincidentally my Youtube channel which will be journaling my progress.
(and my video anxiety ha).
I’ll be writing a far more detailed review on this later and will update this page when I do!
If you want to join me on the Challenge, click here to learn more.