Lots of my clients often ask what are the most useful training tools / equipment to buy for their health and fitness goals. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to spend a fortune on such items. So I’ve decided to list my 10 best training tools for under £30 for home and gym use. As there is a huge variety of options when buying these items I have left a link for my personal preference – these are items I own and can vouch for; they are not the cheapest option, but still under £30. So here’s my list of the best exercise equipment for under £30:
The kettlebell comes in at number 1 because of it is in my opinion the best piece of strength and cardio equipment around. It works the entire body but specifically the posterior kinectic chain; these include: erector spinae, gluteus maximus and hamstrings. kettlebell exercises give you the ‘best bang for your buck’ when it comes to burning calories and strength at the same time.
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2. Stability ball
The stability ball is simple, cheap and effective. It helps with both core and strength exercises when used as substitute for a bench. It’s simple to use and everyone should try and incorporate some stability work in their training.
This simple but effective piece of equipment saves time and keeps your workouts effective especially when using HIIT or circuit training. It’s a small light weight beeper which you can clip onto your clothing and it will beep or vibrate when a set time has elapsed.
4. Skipping rope
Probably the oldest and cheapest piece of CV equipment there is anywhere in the world. The humble skipping rope is definitely something anyone into health and fitness should own.
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Simple and probably the most versatile piece of strength equipment there is. You can do every exercise there is with a pair of dumbells.
6. Roller (abs)
The abdominal roller engages you core more than any other exercise. Forgot doing hundreds of crunches, do 5 good roll outs and you’ll get better results.
7. Resistance bands
These light bands can be taken anywhere and offer a wide range of exercises for both the upper and lower body. Perfect for the busy business traveller who needs to exercise when living out of a suitcase.
The barbell is a second to the dumbell. However, it’s a must for certain lifts such as cleans, clean and jerk, deadlifts, etc. These lifts incorporate the major muscles meaning that you’ll burn more calories.
9. Foam roller
It’s not a gimmick, it actually works. Foam rolling otherwise known as self-myofascial release helps in muscle recovery by braking up muscle ‘knots’ allowing normal blood flow to that area.
10. Chin-up bar
Simple and easy to install and take on holiday with you. There’s no better functional upper back exercise than a chin-up. They take up minimal space and can be put up into any door frame.