Exercising at home has become more important than ever for many across the UK, but beyond an expensive home gym, what can you do to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing?
Perform Better UK have put together a list of alternative home workout equipment for all budgets from the penny savers to the no expense spared.
Penny saving: Mini Bands
PB Mini bands can be incorporated into almost every workout routine — and they should be! The bands can be used for both upper and lower body resistance training. They’re also perfect for stabilising shoulder muscles and executing lateral movements and leg extensions. With mini bands, you can target muscle groups, including your core, and maximise training results. You can also use the bands for stretching — it’s a win-win fitness tool! PB Mini Bands are available in four resistance levels, ranging from light to extra heavy.
Cost: From £2.34
Budget conscious: Sliders
Slim and super portable, PB Sliders pack a big toning punch. By performing exercises with these gliding discs under your palms, knees, or feet, you can work an area from every angle-a basic lunge, for example, is transformed into a challenging 360-degree move. This not only fires up more muscle fibers to sculpt an area faster, but it also improves your joint stability and range of motion. Best of all, PB Sliders are totally versatile, meaning you can modify most body-weight exercises yourself, no trainer necessary.
Cost: From £7.20
Monthly Gym: Kettlebells
There’s no one type of weight that’s better than all the others, but it is fair to say that the kettlebell is the most under-appreciated member of the free-weight family. You can use kettlebells for just about anything, from high-rep HIIT workouts to low-rep heavyweight slogs, and they’re especially good for compound moves like swings and squats. Kettlebells are available from 4kg to 24kg so are suitable for everyone.
Cost: From £18.18
Considered purchase: Powerbags
The design of the Powerbag makes them comfortable to train with and their soft construction allows for more dynamic and aggressive movements than with traditional weights. Their huge training versatility combined with their ‘soft’ touch makes them suitable for pretty much any environment, especially home workout. Available is sizes from 3-50kg.
Cost: From £50.40
Rainy Day Investment: AirBands
Improve your strength, hypertrophy and endurance with AirBands Restriction Cuffs. With the same amount of effort, AirBands can help you amplify your results in your home workouts. AirBands are the world’s first, fully digital and wireless Blood Flow Restriction training devices, which are controlled seamlessly via bluetooth from your smartphone.
Cost: From £178.80
No Expense spared: kBox4 Active
The kBox4 Active training devices are truly versatile and serve multiple purposes, allowing you to engage your upper body, core and lower body with a wide variety of exercises all from your home. The lightweight nature of the kBox4 Active make it easily portable and storable. Flywheel training offers safe and easy eccentric overload giving the user higher gains in muscle mass and strength without the need for racks and bumper plates.
Cost: From £1,500
Perform Better UK have been the leading supplier of strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, sport science and fitness supplier for over 10 years, and are proud to continue working to supply as many people as possible with the tools they need to stay fit and healthy during the covid19 isolation period.
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Alternative home workout equipment for all budgets