At Fitnessbliss we have used a wide variety of exercise equipment. These pages are a collection of what we like and suggestions on what you can use for a great workout.
Exercises that don’t require equipment allow you to be more spontaneous as to where and when you exercise. We are adding more exercises to Fitnessbliss that require no equipment. However, having some form of resistance can create many more exercise possibilities.
Exercise bands (resistance bands) are lightweight, inexpensive and very versatile. They are ideal to take with you when travelling. Find out which Exercise Band Equipment we recommend.
An exercise mat is important for to make floor based exercises such as stretches and crunches more comfortable. This is our favorite exercise mat.
Dumbbells are another versatile form of resistance. They are not as ideal as exercise bands for travelling but they do provide a huge number of exercise possibilities. Check out our Dumbbell Equipment page for more information and suggestions.
An exercise ball creates instability. This offers the advantage of having to use your core muscles to stabilize your body. For example, a seated biceps curl on an exercise ball is working both your core muscles and biceps. A standard seated biceps curl is working mainly the biceps. Read more about Exercise Ball Equipment and their advantages.
Foam rollers are an incredible tool for relieving tightness in stiff, aching muscles. Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) is similar to getting a deep tissue massage, except that you do the work yourself. Other useful SMR aids are travel rollers and Lacrosse balls. Read more about stretching.
Other equipment worth considering
Due to their shape, kettlebells can be used to workout a wide range of muscle groups with a minimal number of exercises. Some kettlebell exercises are suitable for beginners but kettlebells are better suited to members with some experience.
Two good options for home gyms are those made by Bowflex and Total Gyms. They differ in that those made by Bowflex have resistance whereas those made by Total Gyms use your body weight as the resistance. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of these and other home gyms on our home gyms page.
Books on Nutrition
Nutrition has a very important role in living a healthy lifestyle, muscle building and providing us with enough energy for peak performance. Visit our books page to see which books we have found to be a major resource in guiding us to be healthier and stronger.