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Wellness / February 5, 2017

This week in gear: 4 home gym must-haves

Written by: Stewart Moore

Summer strength is built on winter training. So if you want to be that guy/gal that crushes it on the trail or at the crag this summer, you need to start prepping now.

These four pieces of gear will help you with that. They’re each designed to take your workout to the next level from the relative comfort of the indoors.


Form Lifting’s Collar Locks

It’s pretty hard to give the simplicity of lifting free weights a technological spin. Iron and steel have a way of resisting advancement.

But Form Lifting’s collar locks have done it. The locks are embedded with seven Bluetooth-enabled motion sensors that track the velocity, force production, and acceleration of your lifts. This information allows you analyze your performance on your smartphone. It’s an instant critique on your form, like the kind you’d get from a coach (or some loudmouth at the gym). 

The collars sell online for $249 apiece.


The Dharma Yoga Wheel

Though it’s popular with serious yogis, you don’t have to be a gumby person to make use of the Dharma Wheel.

Available in different sizes for different bodies and ability levels, the wheel is a tool to help stretch out your back, chest, shoulders, abs, and hip flexors. It can also serve as a stability-training device or a handy balancing prop for more advanced movements.

The basic Dharma Wheel (12″ in diameter) sells online for $59.


The Stronger Grip Thor Hammer

We know—in Norse mythology Thor’s hammer is technically called Mjölnir (spare use the emails, please). We also know that most people would probably feel silly with a replica of it in their home gym.

But the thunder god’s hammer is more than just part of a cosplay getup. It can be used as a dumbbell, a kettle bell, and as a sledgehammer (for hitting tires in Crossfit-style workouts). The hollow 10-pound hammer can be loaded with steel shot to increase weight.

The hammer sells online for $139.99.

The Ring Thing

Pretty much any movement people do while suspended by rings looks impressive. Because anyone who has tried knows that just getting suspended in the first place is really, really hard.

Unless you have the Ring Thing. Designed by a competitive gymnast, the device uses a pulley system to support 50 percent of the user’s body weight. That brings they very cool looking (and very effective) world of suspension workouts within reach of us mortals.

The Ring Thing is easy to install and can hang from pretty much any strong support beam. It sells online for $359.00.

Do you have a secret weapon in your home gym? Email us at [email protected] to let us know!

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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