Thursday, December 5, 2013

At-Home Workout Gift Guide


'Tis the season for gifts and lists of gifts. I had planned on doing a gift list for runners, but I think there are plenty of those being done right now. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing them and getting more ideas for things I "need."

Rather than repeat what so many others are sharing - like fab long-sleeved running shirts with thumbholes that I want or tights that I need - I thought I might focus on other workouts like weight lifting.

While I have a long wish list for my running gear, I also have a wish list (or list of things that used to be on my wish list) for weight lifting and at-home workouts. Since most of these things are ideal for at-home workouts or mini-gyms, maybe that's what I'll call this one - At-Home Workout Gift Guide.

Note - I am mentioning Amazon, but I do not have an affiliate with Amazon, I just use Amazon a lot for purchases. I do, have an affiliate with Cathe Friedrich. 

Equipment

Kettlebells
I found this set on Amazon for a really great price and worth every penny. Kettlebells are a great tool for training. You can get in a great cardio and/or weight training workout with them and they don't take up too much space.
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Resistance Bands or Tubing
This is a great set for a great price on Amazon. I love resistance tubing for travel. I've even created a training plan for a client based on resistance bands as she was traveling for 3 weeks. Great tools.

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Aerobic Step
If you don't have room for a true weight bench, an aerobic step with extra risers like this makes for a good option. You can also use it for step aerobics of course. You can also find a small topper to make for a higher step if needed for triceps dips and step ups. I even have slanted risers for an incline bench.

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Books

Burn the Fat. Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto I recently reviewed this book and think it would make an awesome gift for anyone wanting to get fit and healthy or even someone who already is. Great info. You can find it on Amazon as well.


Thrive by Brendan Brazier
I got this book recently and have just started going through it. I think it's a great resource for vegetarian/vegan athletes regarding nutrition.
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Workout DVDs

Cathe Friedrich is the queen of workout DVDs in my book. You really can't go wrong with any of her workouts. I have an entire DVD rack filled with them. Here are my top picks though.

MMA Kickboxing

MMA Boxing

STS Series (a full 3 month periodized weight lifting program)

XTRAIN Series

What would you add to this list for the at-home exerciser?