This is a list of equipment that I recommend for the athletes I train or the athletes who use my programming. If you have questions about your individual case, please contact me.
We will use the following very often. For the majority of athletes I train virtually, I send you the EliteFTS micro and mini bands as will as a few mini bands to get started.
- Furniture Sliders: You probably already have these, if not, get some at the local hardware store or on Amazon. We will can use these daily. These are also good, a little smaller.
- 2 x elitefts™ Pro Mini Resistance Band and, a good addition because they are so cheap, 1 x elitefts™ Pro Micro Resistance Band. These would be helpful for some exercises, 1 x elitefts™ Pro Monster Mini Resistance Band.
- Mini Bands are always handy and have many uses. These should be around $10 for a set of 4.
- Hip Circles: These are nice to have but not necessary. They are a fabric mini band. There is a sizing chart on the site, but most athletes get the medium (Level 2 resistance). I got the Hip Circle and the Hip Circle Sport Pack because I use them often with my athletes. I think the Sport Pack is more versatile even though they are twice as much. You’ll never wear these out. These are also available on Amazon.
The majority of athletes I train will want some way of loading the movements we will learn. I can train people with water jugs, sandbags, kettlebells/dumbbells and traditional barbells, we can have a conversation about what is right for you. Below, in order of versatility, are my recommendations.
- The best option is the Correctives Package ~$175 plus shipping (there is always a sale going on though). I got the sand option but I have an athlete who lives in NYC and he says the water option works fine. You can get a lot done with just these two bags. If you would like to invest in heavier bags that is fine, but after getting this lighter pair.
- For athletes who are new to strength training, if you can find a pair of KBs like this, that would be awesome. You can also get KBs like this at Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx. They are about $1/lb, they are great for lighter weight Get-Ups and Windmills. For KBs up to 15lbs/8 kg it is hard to beat these. It is important to make sure they rack correctly for you, so let’s talk before you settle on a KB.
- I get my kettlebells at Kettlebell Kings. I have started to use Competition KBs instead of the hard style kind. I think they rack a little nicer, especially in the smaller sizes. However, they less convenient to Goblet Squat with them. If you want help buying KBs, text, email, call me. Finally, KBs can get expensive, I get it. For a set of pairs of 8, 12 and 16 kg it can run you over $600, but I think it is good investment and they don’t take up that much room. Let’s talk about why you should buy pairs instead of singles.
- Consider getting a tough pack like the 5.11 Rush 12 to use for rucking and using as weight for squats or to haul around your KB. Rucking, walking with a weighted pack is a great way to build cardio while developing core strength. Here is a good collection of videos to learn how to wrap your bricks you’ll use for rucking.
- I rarely use the following in a class setting but they are a great option for personal training or if you are just using my programming: A suspension trainer like TRX or The Infinity Trainer or a set of gymnastic rings (I prefer the wooden rings). Jump Ropes are always awesome.
- I don’t program with barbells in mind for classes, but I have at least one person who uses a barbell periodically. If you would like help with purchasing a barbell, let me know.