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In the world of exercise and fitness, there are crazy number of products and programs available. There are some good and some bad, with most having a combination of good qualities and bad qualities. The products and programs recommended on this page are meant to help you cut through the clutter and find things that will help and not keep you just spinning your wheels. The key to any exercise or fitness plan is this: Always pick something that you can stick with, otherwise, you are wasting your time and money.
TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit. One of the best ways to exercise is to use body weight. The TRX System is awesome for this type of training. The TRX allows you to use your body weight in a suspended way, forcing you to not only develop strength but also balance and control at the same time. I started using this type of training years ago and I was able to tell very well how stabilized my joints started becoming. That translated into me being able to lift heavier weights, which was my goal.
Lifeline PRO Resistance Trainer Kit. When you are working on increasing your stability and strength, another great option is resistance bands. I personally love these bands in particular. I have been using them for years in my own training, but also with clients and patients. The fact that you have bands that hold up well and that you can interchange on the handles was a big sell for me and I absolutely love them.
BOSU. If you are looking for a single piece of equipment that you can use to develop your overall stability and core strength, then the Bosu may be your best bet. This is another tool that I’ve personally used for years and have been able to tell a world of difference when I’ve taken the time to get my stability under control before I went into my squats and deadlifts.
Lebert Fitness Equalizer. Two of the reasons that many people give for not working out is that fact that they don’t like going to the gym, or they feel like they don’t have the necessary equipment. The Lebert Fitness Equalizer system is another fun option to solve both those problems. The bars allow you to do a number of exercises without much equipment and again these will help you focus on both strength and stability.
Peak Series Combat Cream. Years ago there was a muscle rub that I used and highly recommended to everyone. That product is no longer around, so the search has been on ever since to find something comparable. I wanted something that would “heat up” the areas where I was having pain, but moreso, I wanted a product that would actually help speed up the healing process. A friend of mine contacted me a few months back about a new cream that he had helped develop and he wanted to send me some samples to see what I thought. From the first time I used it, I can honestly say that Combat Cream is the most effective muscle rub that I have seen in years.
Peak Series Joint Jel. If you have old injuries or arthritic pains in a joint, Joint Jel is beneficial to help get you moving better. It’s combines arnica, MSM, menthol and Celadrin®. The combination gives you a gel that not only helps to alleviate pain and inflammation, but has also been shown to increase range of motion in arthritic joints. Whereas Combat Cream is to help you during the day, during training, etc., Joint Jel is designed more to use at the very beginning and/or end of the day.
TheraCane. As any of my patients know, I am huge into muscle work and getting the myofascial tissue to release so that it can move and heal properly. A good massage and some Chiropractic work is the best way to go, but for those times you need some relief and just can’t get to the Massage Therapist or the Chiropractor soon enough, the TheraCane is a great tool to work on yourself.
Lacrosse Ball. One of the simplest and most effective tools for eliminating tension in the muscles. A Lacrosse Ball provides just the right amount of solid tension without being too hard on the muscles. Simply use it to apply pressure to the muscles and get them to loosen.
Foam Roller. Another simple piece of fintess/rehab equipment that you can use right in your own home. Foam rolling is great to help break up muscle tension and fascial adhesions.