To train effectively, you really don’t need too many pieces of equipment.
However, there are a few small items which can supercharge the quality of your workouts, and are portable and affordable. Just keep them in your gym bag or locker and use them any time you need to.
Please note – I only recommend items I personally use and believe in. Anybody who trains with me or has seen my own training knows I use all these items (apart from the girly gloves)!
Resistance bands are basically very large elastic bands that can be used for a variety of purposes.
The best part about mini-bands is that they are portable and very versatile – perfect for using at home, on holiday, and any time you have limited access to equipment. They can be used for pull-ups, push-ups, tricep pushdowns, and many other exercises.
41 inch Iron Woody mini resistance band (for beginners, band pull-aparts)
41 inch Iron Woody super-mini resistance band (for advanced trainees, band pull-aparts)
41 inch Iron Woody medium resistance band (for pull-ups)
Skipping is a timeless proven method for burning fat, improving fitness, and developing co-ordination.
Plus, it’s alot more fun than going on a treadmill or elliptical machine.
Once again, you can use a jump rope pretty much any time, anywhere. There’s a reason that world-class boxers throughout history have jumped rope to prepare for world title fights.
Boxing gloves and wraps
Still on the boxing theme, I trained in boxing for about 2 and a half years and I can attest to just how effective it is for losing weight and getting in superb shape quickly.
(After sprinting, boxing is one of the best fat loss methods in the game.)
You don’t have to become Muhammad Ali, but simply hitting a bag is a great start.
Learning how to hit pads is even better as you have to react to a real life stimulus – you will get super fit, powerful, and learn some new skills in the process.
Get some good gloves that last you a long time rather than cheap ones from Sports Direct that tear after a couple of months. I like the RDX brand and I currently have a pair myself. Adidas is pretty good too.
Hand wraps are also really important as you may develop cracked knuckles and torn skin without them.The wraps also help to support the wrist while punching hard!
RDX boxing gloves (either 10oz or 12oz in size)
RDX boxing gloves (cool blue colour!)
RDX boxing gloves (women version)
The Gymboss is a fantastic piece of equipment for interval training.
You can use it to time your work and rest periods and because it is so lightweight you won’t even notice it while you’re sprinting, boxing, and doing any other type of conditioning.
This is a huge advantage over clunky mobile phones which are usually annoyingly big and fiddly. Simply clip the Gymboss to your clothing and it will buzz and vibrate once it’s time to work or rest.