Top 10 Pieces of Fitness Equipment

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10. Kettlebells

Originally they were used to weigh crops in Russia in the 1700s but in the early 20th century they introduced them into army fitness programs and have been increasing in use around the world ever since. From 5 to 65lbs you can get as light or as heavy a kettlebell as you want depending on your current strength, fitness and goals. See all the available kettlebells on Amazon @

9. Gym Rings

Have you ever watched the Olympics and been amazed at the physiques of the gymnasts, well gym rings are why. They are essentially the original version of a suspension trainer but were too advanced for most folks as the handles aren't soft enough and they are a bit more intimidating. The bonus of gym rings over suspension trainers is that you can set them up to bring you off of the ground, but with suspension trainers you're meant to stay on the ground. Meaning you can do far more advance exercises such as chin ups, dips and even combine them to do muscle ups. Gym rings are a cheap as chips option that you can find on Amazon @

8. Sliders

No, not the sci-fi TV show, but bits of material that allow you slide your feet on the floor. Not quite as versatile as pieces of equipment as suspension trainers and resistance bands but they still bring an extra dynamic to your lunges and ab exercises such as jackknives. If you don't want to fork out the £5 or $10 for bits of slidy material then you can just cut up some bits of cardboard instead, but if that doesn't bother you check out all the available sliders on Amazon @

7. Foam Roller

You may have seen people at the gym rolling themselves on bits of cylindrical foam and thought, what on earth are they doing? Well essentially they are treating themselves like some dough that needs rolling out. After exercising your muscles can become knotted and this creates imbalances and misalignments in the body and a foam roller is a cheap and I think better way to give yourself a sports massage, as you're the one feeling it and administering it. When you roll out these muscle knots using a foam roller you increase recovery time and reduce your risk of long term injury. Check out all the different kinds of foam rollers you can get on Amazon @

6. Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a great way to start looking at external force exercises as they are versatile, light, cheap and can pack a punch at the same time if need be. Most packs of resistance bands come with an exercise and workout sheet for you to start with but there are plenty of YouTube videos that show the vast amount of exercises you can do depending on your goals. One word of warning though is to buy resistance bands with metal fixings as the plastic ones tend to break, which you can find on Amazon @

5. Chin Up & Dip Bar Station

Chin ups and dips have been the mainstay of many fitness fanatics from Arnold Schwarzenegger to the original bodybuilder from the Victorian era, Eugene Sandow. You don't have to be able to do a full chin up or dip straight off the bat, as you can use resistance bands as an assistant or just jump to the top and focus on the down part of the exercise to build up the strength towards a full chin up or dip. There are many solutions for a chin up and dip bar station, from just going down to your local park to a doorway station, but the best is your own full station which you can see on the left. Check out all your options on Amazon @

4. Suspension Trainer

For some it may sound like some sort of torture device but a suspension trainer is a fantastic piece of fitness equipment that is at the top of the majority of personal trainers kit bag. It is so versatile that it rivals our number 2 pick, the towel. It allows you to set up any where with a strong anchoring point, which could be a doorway or a tree, and from there you can stretch, squat and row with ease. As with resistance bands, most suspension trainers come with an exercise sheet with all the exercises you can do and are widely available on Amazon @

3. Minimalist Shoes

You may have heard of the term barefoot running, and thought it says barefoot in the title but people wear shoes? The technical term for these types of footwear is minimalist shoes. As it suggests in the name they provide the minimal amount of you need for a shoe, namely protection from the ground. The reason I recommend minimalist shoes is because strong feet are the foundation to fitness. Minimalist shoes allow your feet to be as they evolved, free moving and strong. My favourite minimalist shoe are a UK based company called Vivobarefoot, who have all sorts of normal looking styles from trail running to casual wear shoes. Check them out on Amazon @

2. A Towel

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy describes a towel as being "about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; and wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat." In the real world you may not use it for all those things but it has so many uses in fitness from stretching to squatting that you should carry one with you at all times. To get an idea of how to use a towel watch the Slimology cool down and stretch on our YouTube channel @

1. Your Body

By far the best bit of fitness equipment you have at your disposal free of charge 24/7/365, that's right I just used that phrase, is your body! The foundation for all our workouts at Smash The Fat is to be able to use your body for a workout wherever you are. A great place to start for bodyweight workouts is by using the Slimology workouts available on our YouTube channel @

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