When you're looking at weight training equipment, especially unconventional items that you may not know much about, it's important to know what you're getting. Is it good or is it bad?
This is not a place you're going to find reviews on stair machines and home gyms. This features relatively-unknown and unique pieces of training equipment that can make a HUGE difference in your training.
Weight vest training is excellent for building strength and muscle mass as well as burning fat. Use a weight to increase resistance for bodyweight exercises as well as loading other weight exercises such as farmers walks.
These minimalist cross-training shoes are designed for outdoor and indoor training...for explosive movements as well as athletic activities like rope climbing, parkour and much more. Find out how they work here.
Have an injury that isn't healing up very well? You need to increase circulation. Incrediwear has semiconductor fibers woven right into the material to help increase local circulation to the area. Does it work? Find out here.
Cardio machines are all the same, right? Except for this one. Instead of a forward and back or up and down movement, the Helix uses a rotatry pedal system to move your legs laterally, involving a host of other muscles in the exercise. Does it work? Find out here.
Got a lot of dumbbells? The Hyperbell handles allow you do use your dumbbells as weight for barbells and kettlebells, ramping up the versatility of your home gym equipment. Find out how they work here.
This is one of the most versatile pieces of home-gym training equipment that I've ever used. By attaching you to the weight, it opens up a tremendous amount of exercise variety. Find out if this harness is a good fit for you...and how it allows you to do the "perfect squat."
This "smart" home gym is band/tubing based and can help you track and perform all your workouts. The companion app takes you by the hand and tells you exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals. Learn more about it here...
When it comes to training equipment, there's nothing more low-tech than a bag of sand (except maybe a rock!). Could sandbag training be the key you're looking for to take your physique to the next level? Find out here.
Bands are critical training tools for working with accommodating resistance, i.e. changing the resistance levels of the exercise based on the strength curve of the exercise. Find out why and how to use them for best results.
If you're interested in developing serious grip and forearm strength, will this piece of equipment do the trick for you? Fat Gripz are designed to snap onto the bar and allow you to do fat bar training without needing a fat bar. Do they work as advertised?
If you have a hard time feeling your chest working when you perform pressing exercises, these grips are exactly what you've been looking for. The specially-designed shape shifts loading onto your chest instead of keeping it in the shoulders or triceps.
What do you do if you want to do Fat Bar training but straight bar curls hurt your wrists? Are you out of luck? Or should you try EZ Grips, which allow you to do fat grip training at an angle, like an EZ Curl bar.
Grip assistance equipment, like wrist straps and lifting hooks, has been around for a long time. After all, who doesn't want to able to get more reps and use more weight NOW? Haulin' Hooks are a unique, new concept on the block. Learn how these new hooks stack up!
Want to build a better butt? This simple piece of equipment is designed to set your legs at the optimum angle to work more of the glutes when doing the frog pump exercise. Does it work and it will help you build better glutes?
Discover one of the most versatile pieces of training equipment you'll ever find. The T2 is designed for isokinetic training, suspension training, elastic resistance training and much more. Learn what you can do with it here.
The steel mace is an ancient combat weapon repurposed for training. This review covers a number of the exercises and mobility drills you can do with a steel mace along with the best source to get one for yourself.
The dip belt is a very common piece of equpiment that you'll find in just about any gym and the design is pretty standard. But what if there was a BETTER design that allowed you to perform weighted dips and chins with more comfort and security than a standard belt...
Using bands is a great way to train, whether it's just using bands on their own as resistance, for bodyweight exercise assistance, or for adding resistance to free weight exercises. Find out if Rubber Banditz bands hold up.
Using a dolly for fitness training is an extremely versatile way to work out. The Flex Disc is an upgraded version of the dolly, offering a variety of features to improve the versatility. Find out how it works here.
The Intelliskin shirt is designed to help automatically correct your posture as you wear it throughout the day or while you're training. Find out if it works, how it works and who can benefit from using it.
The X3 Bar is a portable, heavy-resistance piece of band training equipment that allows you to bring your workouts anywhere. It's designed for any level of lifter, from beginner to very strong. Find out how it works here.
The StrongBoard is a unique piece of balance training equipment that can be used for a variety of different exercises. Find out what it is and how to use it for best balance and stability training results.
Tracking your progress is incredibly important for achieving your health and fitness goals. What if it was as easy as stepping on a scale and letting your smart phone do the rest? Find out if the EROS Smart Scale can help you keep track of all your stats, including weight, bodyfat, BMI and more.
Want to build muscle without heavy weights? Blood Flow Restriction Training is what you need. These air cuffs, similar to blood pressure cuffs, aim to improve upon elastic bands for BFR training. Do they actually work better for this?
The Rotater is a piece of equipment designed for shoulder joint rehab and strengthening. It's unique shape and design allows you to perform mobility and strengthening exercises for the shoulders in a convenient manner.
This is one of the most unique pieces of training equipment around...it's something you WEAR, making your body part of the apparatus. It's targeted for athletic training, fat-loss and muscle and strength building.
Physiclo has taken the concept of "on board" resistance straight to your workout clothing. The shorts or leggings have resistance bands built right into them in order to burn more calories and provide resistance for most lower-body movement/athletic training.
Want six-pack abs and a stronger core? The Ab Rollout is a key exercise. This uniquely designed ab training wheel allows you to hold your arms in a different position when doing the rollout. Good idea or gimmick?
This is a fully-enclosed version of minimalist footwear from Xero Shoes. This shoe is "gym approved," which allows you to get the benefits of better contact with the ground while also having better overall protection for your feet.
Adjustability is the hallmark of this unique training bar. You can adjust the angle of the handles as well as the width of the handles to customize it to your liking. And the variety of exercises you can do with it is HUGE!
If neck training is a priority for you, the Neck Flex is a piece of equipment you'll definitely want to check out. Very well constructed and versatile, the Neck Flex will allow you to work your neck safely and effectively.
When training at home, there are always limitations either in terms of space or budget that can make it tougher to squat. This yoke bar is designed to allowing squatting in complete safety, starting from the bottom position.
The Flexsolate Strap is a unique grip-assistance device in that it's NOT designed primarily to let you grip longer or stronger...it's designed to force your target muscles to contract more strongly by removing grip from the equation. Very interesting concept but does it hold up in the gym?
This is one of the most versatile pieces of home gym equipment you'll find on the market today, allowing you to perform all manner of exercises including tubing, bands, suspension exercises and stretches. The setup has a very small footprint that fits in ANY space...all you need is a solid wall to attach the anchors onto.
Whether you're working out at home or at the gym, the more versatile the equipment you have, the more exercises you can do and the better your results will be. Can something as elegantly simple as the "The Equalizer" crank up the intensity of your training? Find out now.
These unique hooks claim to have the ability to instantly increase the amount of weight you can handle with the dumbbell bench press and allow you to build bench press strength faster. Is it fact or fiction?
Athletic clothing and leisure clothing have combined to form a category known as "athleisure." Born Tough is one of the top brands in this category. Find out how their hoodies and cargo shorts stack up.
Need convenient hydration while you train and don't want to carry a water bottle around? This hydration backpack / camelpack will allow you to bring water with you on the go. Learn how it performs here.
Learn exactly how much nutrition YOUR exact piece of food contains. This scale allows you to not only weigh food...it allows you to plug in a code saying what that food is so you get custom results based on exactly what you're weighing.
Can this unique piece of equipment help you get more out of your Front Squat with more effective load distribution over your shoulders? Does taking the shoulder pain our of Front Squatting with the Sting Ray kill your results?
Build muscle and strength like clockwork, even with very limited equipment, or NO equipment at all. This unconventional approach even builds muscle with light weight, saving your joints and nervous system from overload while you build mass fast.