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One-Piece Equipment Workouts

Maybe you just want an easy, cheap way to workout

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Fitting in a day at the gym can be hard. It’s easy to make excuses based on how the weather is (it’s either too cold to leave the house or too nice to workout indoors). Maybe you don’t feel like battling that weird guy who always seems to be using the same equipment right when you are, and then leaves his sweaty towel on the machine, making you wonder if he claimed it for later or left you a passive-aggressive present for you to deal with. Or maybe you just want an easy, cheap way to workout. Enter once-piece equipment workouts, where all you need is the one item of destiny to shred your whole body.


Kettlebells have had their moment in the sun for several years now. And for good reason. Originally a workout tool of Russian strongmen, their wide array of weight sizes makes them accessible to just about anyone today.

But the real amazing aspect of kettlebells is the type of workout they provide. They allow for both aerobic and anaerobic activity at the same time: that means you’re getting your heart rate up and working out your muscles.

As such, kettlebells can help you shred an average of 272 calories ( https://www.acefitness.org/getfit/studies/Kettlebells012010.pdf) during 20 minutes of interval training performing kettlebell snatches, in which you swing the kettlebell up and over the head. Trainer Michael Buckley stated in a column ( http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwfitness/article/ASK-A-TRAINER-If-You-Could-Only-Use-One-Piece-of-Workout-Equipment-What-Would-It-Be-20131113) that if he were to only use one piece of workout equipment ever again, it would be the kettlebell hands down because of how versatile it is.

The downside to kettlebells? The moves must be performed with perfect form to prevent injury, so you may want to take a class to get started with them.

The Buildingblock

If you’re looking for a creative take on a workout tool, meet The Buildingblock ( https://buildingblockfitness.com/home). It’s what it sounds like: it’s a box. It has handles on all four sides and weighs a good 20 pounds.

What that means is you can hold it to add resistance to exercises like lunges, use it for step aerobics, swing it for ballistics movements and use it for support during bodyweight exercises. You can purchase it in a kit and it comes with resistance bands that tie to the box and help tone muscles.

Bosu ball

If you’ve even seen one of those half moon workout balls that are on a plastic base, then you’ve seen a Bosu ball ( https://www.bosu.com ). If you’re looking for a balance trainer, this is your product. It also has a place in total body conditioning and aerobic activity.

Some of the most popular exercises to do with it are barefoot training with leg balances and jogging motions, stair stepper type workouts that will add a more challenging balance component and doing body weight workouts against it.

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