Stop buying fitness gadgets.
Barbells, plates, dumbbells, benches, etc. have been around for 100 years.
Jack LaLanne, the first fitness influencer, invented the cable-pulley machine in the 1950s. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if some yoked Soviet lumberjack beat him to it. Those dudes know lifting. Why do you think they’re called lumberJACKS?
There’s a reason those things have remained gym equipment staples — they work.
Many machines, gadgets, and trinkets have appeared since. And some did prove worthy and stuck around.
But most “advances,” especially the ones that pledged to render basic free weights obsolete, didn’t live up to the hype.
So before you whip out your credit card to order the latest infomercial gadget or fitness fad, invest in good quality basic equipment.
Even if you have a gym membership, a little private power pit to bang out a workout when you’re pressed for time is a nice thing to have.
I’m not saying to turn your studio apartment into a Golds Gym, as cool as that would be.
But adjustable benches, a barbell, and dumbbells don’t take up a lot of room, and with just that equipment you can train the whole body reasonably effectively.
Now add one or two trips a week to the “real gym” to use a squat rack and cable station (if you don’t have these things at home) plus some effective machines and you’re 100% covered.
The hybrid approach of home & gym workouts got popular during COVID (I’ve written hundreds of these programs) and people love the mix because it’s:
- works really well, unlike your growing collection of fitness gadgets you bought on impulse.
You won’t regret basic weight training.
Buying a Shake-Weight? Different story.