Suspension straps for toning and fat loss
“Suspension straps are easily one of the most versatile and popular apparatuses on the market,” says elite trainer of over 15 years Matthew Strickland.
“They can be used to isolate particular muscle groups, or as a full-body compound or high-intensity workout.”
Plyometric box for cardio, toning and fat loss
Plyometric boxes and aerobic steps come in a range of heights and sizes to adhere to varying fitness levels and exercise goals.
Kettlebell for toning and fat loss
“With proper technique, kettlebells can be used to train your entire body for both toning and fat-burning goals,” says Strickland.
Compound movements such as the kettlebell swing, in which the centre of gravity shifts, work the entire body while moves native to dumbbell workouts often isolate one or two muscle groups.
Resistance bands for activation, recovery and toning
Also known as physio bands or Thera-Bands, resistance bands are often used to improve flexibility or for rehabilitative purposes.
“Resistance bands are great for rehabilitation from injury as they don’t load the spine or put pressure on the joints to the same extent as heavy weights,” says Strickland.
“When added to your stretching routine, they can allow you to reach a deeper stretch than you might otherwise be able to achieve, aiding recovery and improving flexibility.”
Foam roller for activation, recovery and toning
“While foam rollers are often thought as being exclusively a recovery tool for massaging sore muscles, I’ve often also used them as a rehabilitation tool with my clients,” says Strickland.
“By rolling out the outer thighs or glutes with your feet elevated off the floor, your core is forced to engage and you can actually get quite a solid, yet low-impact, abdominal workout.”
Swiss ball for toning
“Gym balls can be used for an endless number of exercises that work the entire body,” says Strickland. “They are actually popular among athletes as they can target the muscle groups specific to the athletes’ performance.
For specific exercises to promote toning, fat loss and card get your hands on the July 2016 issue of Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine.