Top 5 Most Underrated Training Equipment (Return On Investment)


Oct 12, 2022

 by Ryan W.
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The ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Indian cultures practiced forms of body-weight and yoga-based exercises. The ancient Greeks developed among the first free weights, hand-held weights with a hole for gripping rather than a handle, called “halteres.”The world of fitness continues to develop a multitude of equipment trends along with main staples that will forever stand the test of time such as the barbell, dumbbell, and kettlebell.  There are various forms of machine-based equipment.  Training equipment is designed for all settings, whether training in a fitness gym, weight room, yoga studio, climbing gym, or in the comforts of your own home gym.  

The goal of this article is to bring awareness of equipment that may or may not be underrated in the reader's mind. I have been a strength and conditioning professional for quite some time now, so, I have been able to witness equipment come and go over the years. There is training equipment that may be categorized as the underdog, underrated, or downright forgotten completely. 

These 5 pieces of training equipment will shine a bright light on equipment that is not always the flashiest tool in the tool box…but what it lacks in looks they definitely make up for in a plethora of benefits for the trainee that is utilized by the trainer.   

 

AB Wheel

Utilization

AB Wheels are a key tool that targets mainly the core muscles, erector Spinae, latissimus dorsi, deltoids, chest, biceps, and triceps. 

Benefits

 Provides total body utilization with proper technique. Incorporating muscle gain in shoulders, arms, upper and lower back, glutes, hips, and abdominal muscles along with obliques.  

Justifications

Minimal footprint, cost-effective, portable, low training age requirements, build a strong core, saves on time. 

Exercises To Implement

Kneeling AB Wheel Rollouts, AB Wheel Push-Ups, AB Wheel Plank Roll-Outs, AB Wheel Plank Isometric Hold  

Research shows the benefits of the AB Wheel

 

Jump Rope

Utilization

Jump ropes target most muscle utilization from your calf muscles, quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, oblique muscles, forearms, biceps, triceps, shoulders, back muscles, and chest muscles. 

Benefits

Provides total body utilization with proper technique, builds cardiovascular endurance, increases bone density, coordination, balance, force output.  

Justificiations

Minimal footprint, cost-effective, portable, travel-friendly, low training age requirements.  

Exercises To Implement

Single Unders, Double Unders, Tabata Single Unders, Weighted Single Unders, Max Effort Single Unders, etc.  

Research shows the benefits of the Jump Rope 

      1. https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/4-reasons-you-should-jump-rope-for-exercise  (Healthcare)

 

Concept 2 Rower

Utilization

The Concept2 rowing machines provide a full-body workout that uses 86% of the muscles in the body when you use proper rowing technique. (“Muscles used on a rowing machine | Concept2 Exercise Machines”) 

Benefits 

A high-level training machine that is operational for all training ages.  Allows healthy individuals and individuals recovering from an injury to still train the cardiovascular systems. 

Justificiations

The Concept 2 Rower allows for at-home utilization, is great for commercial, private training facilities, recreational, professional, all ages, and is great for non-weight bearing training. 

Exercises to Implement

2k Row, 30/30 Row, Tabata (20 seconds of work / 10 seconds of rest), Concept 2 Rower implemented into a HIIT Circuit, etc. 

Research shows the benefits of the Concept 2 Rower.

      1. https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-rowing-machine
      2. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-rowing/

 

Mini Bands

Utilization

The Mini Bands pack a punch when it comes to versatility.  They provide a full-body workout that is efficient and interchangeable on the fly.  They allow beginners a way into resistance training while maintaining an emphasis on safety.   

Benefits

For starters, they allow beginners a way into resistance training while maintaining an emphasis on safety.  One of the best pieces of equipment for any dynamic warm-up or movement preparation.  

Justifications

Mini Bands are compact with a small footprint making it great for at home utilization, great for commercial, private training facilities, recreational, professional, all ages, and great for non-weight bearing training. Also, allowing you to fit them in your suitcase.  Making them an essential travel item right next to your toothbrush.    

Exercises to Implement

Mini Band Train Tracks (Forward, Backwards, Right Side, Left Side), Mini Band Glute Bridge, Mini Band Serratus Raise, Mini Band Clamshells, Barbell Back Squat + Mini Band, Mini Band Leg Press, and so many more. 

Research shows the benefits of the Mini Bands 

      1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6383082/
      2. https://blog.thewodlife.com.au/5-resistance-band-training-benefits/

 

Havak Triads 

Utilization

The Havak Triads (https://havak.net/are the ultimate all-in-one DB/KB.  They are a triangle shape with three varying sized handles, starting with 1.5 standard inch handle, 2.25 inch fat grip handle, and a 3 inch strongman handle that is no joke.  This allows for great variations for all DB and KB training.  Super smooth on all KB swings and Olympic variations such as snatches.  Meanwhile allowing for efficiency to interchange between handles during exercises.  

Benefits

The Havak Triads will provide you variation with DB’s and KB’s in one while saving you money and space without having to purchase a full set of DB’s plus storage rack and a full set of KB’s plus storage rack.  

Justificiations

The Havak Triads are space savers and will not break the bank. They are multi-faceted covering any training method out there and then some.   

Exercises to Implement

Havak Triad KB Russian Swings, Havak Triad Farmers Carry, Havak Triad Alternating Grip DB Rows, Havak Triad Single Arm Snatches, Havak Triad Loaded onto a Barbell…Because it can.  

Research shows the benefits of the Havak Triads…Nothing at this time. 

 

BONUS: Body Weight  

Utilization

Body Weight training has been around for a very long time.  One of the most underrated forms of training and equipment.  We all have our own body weight working against gravity.   

Benefits

Body Weight training has endless benefits as it is best for all novice lifters to understand how to move our own bodies and how to absorb forces.   

Justifications

Body Weight training is free and it goes with you everywhere…no escaping our own body.  

Exercises to Implement

Body weight squats, body weight lunges, pull-ups, chin-ups, sprinting, jumping, landing, stretching, anything that you have done with a DB, KB, Barbell you should always perform for the most part with your own body weight prior to using equipment.  And the list goes on.  

Research shows the benefits of the Body Weight

      1. https://us.humankinetics.com/blogs/excerpt/the-bodyweight-advantage
      2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/body-weight-training/faq-20147966