You can go to just about any box store or major online retailer and find a scale that will give you your weight and, if you spend a few extra bucks, body mass. In order to track your progress or see if all your workouts are paying off, you need to manually track your numbers which can be time consuming and something that is easier to forget to actually do. That’s why we were excited to get our hands on a few of the best smart scales on the market, like the popular Fitbit Aria, Nokia Body+, and Weight Gurus Smart Scale.
One thing I’ve been getting into lately are grip trainers to improve not just my grip strength, but my overall strength as well. Another benefit I’ve found from grip strength training is that improving grip goes a long way at building up the strength of tendons and will actually prevent many injuries. Despite being very simple devices, I’ve found that some grip trainers are quick to break down and become weaker over time. That’s why I tested four of the most popular grip trainers on the market to figure out which one is is worth your investment.
You don’t need a gym membership or studio class pass to get the body you want. There are plenty of ways to sweat, add muscle, and lose fat from your own home gym. The key is to find the right workout and have the right equipment. Whether you prefer a workout like P90X or T25, or you want to design your own routine, there are some essential items that will get you started with making your garage or basement the perfect place to tone up!
At home fitness doesn’t require you to track heart rate, but with the explosion of wearable technology like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin, it’s easier than ever to track the intensity of your workouts and truly see which workouts give you the best sweat! We’ve reviewed many on the top fitness trackers on the market and identified some key features you should be looking for in a great piece of wearable technology.
I went on the search for the best at home workout program for women, and came across two popular series: Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines. Since I wasn’t the right guinea pig for these workouts, I asked my wife to try them both for twelve weeks apiece and give me her thoughts and to determine a winner. I even jumped in for a few workouts and can honestly say that both Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines workouts were no joke! In the end, my wife came away with a clear cut winner for which workouts were most effective for her — as well as came away with some amazing results we’re BOTH happy with!
For those who are fans of Hammer and Chisel’s Sagi Kalev comes Body Beast, Beachbody’s 90 day weight lifting video series. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like this program because, I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of lifting heavy weight in general and prefer the body weight movements offered with workouts like P90X. What I found was something unexpected, as I began looking forward to Sagi’s entertaining training style (and the weight training workouts as well!).