If you're already bored with your indoor workouts, need gift ideas or you're simply a sucker for anything exercisey, like me, check out what's new in the fitness world:
- Cathe Friedrich's XTRAIN Workouts - I'm a huge fan of Cathe Friedrich's workout DVDs and she has a new series coming in out in the next few months that offers an incredible variety of strength training and cardio workouts along with her signature premixes, allowing you to make your own workout schedule. You can preorder the series now and be ready to start the new year off right. Bonus: You can also opt to order downloadable versions of all of Cathe's workouts. Workout videos are a great choice during the winter months and this series will certainly keep you busy.
- Jungle Gym XT - Suspension trainers are another idea to try, if you're looking for something a little different. The Jungle Gym XT is similar to the TRX, in that you can strap it to a door or other sturdy object and use the straps for a variety of suspended bodyweight exercises - Pushups, pullups, dips and more. I find these kinds of exercises are great in a circuit with other, more traditional moves. A word of caution: Make sure you have the space and anchor point necessary to use it. I've had a tough time with this, having a small house with oddly placed doors, so it's worth a bit more forethought than I gave it.
- TRX Rip trainer - TRX is another suspension system and they now offer the Rip Trainer, which looks rather interesting. The Rip Trainer is basically a stick with handles on the end, to which you can attach a resistance cord. I really love this idea, particularly for people who exercise at home and don't have much space. You could use this for everything from chest presses and rows to cardio-based exercises (like this tabata workout). It does seem pricey to me, at $189.95, so those on a budget may want to research this one before investing that kind of cash.
- Spri Step360 - This step/balance trainer is one piece of equipment I've really enjoyed using. The inflatable discs are what make it unstable, but it isn't as unstable as, say, a BOSU Balance Trainer, which sometimes gives my clients problems. You can easily make it more unstable by deflating one or both of the discs, or you can make it more stable by adding more air. I also love the built in cubbyholes around the top of the step for resistance bands. You can secure them in multiple places for a variety of exercises, making this a very versatile piece of equipment.
Have you come across any new products lately? Or maybe you have something on your Christmas list? Leave a comment and tell us about it.