A few thoughts this month on some new gear I've been using:
Though I've probably personally tried every type of exercise equipment you've ever seen on the market, I'm very reluctant to recommend gear. I'm like that because I'm huge believer that attitude trumps gear every time when it comes to getting into top condition and staying there. Not that I don't think some stuff is effective, such as kettle bells and weight vests, to name just a couple. However I want people to rely on themselves for fitness, not any certain gear. However ever so often something comes along that I really find useful, and in that case I don't hesitate to put the word out. Here on the base in Pensacola there is a faculty where I train my International students. Now this gym is closed off to retirees and dependents, etc. Its only used by Navy, Marine and International military students undergoing formal training. A few months ago they spent some serious green on new equipment. New kettle bells, threadmillls, weights, you name it and its a state of the art gym. Along with all that stuff they bought something I'd never used before: "XLR8 Strength Bags". These are basically heavy duty sandbags with handles on the sides and ends. After using them for a few months, I have to say that I really like them, so much I bought one for my own use at home. They are very versatile and you can do almost every major movement in my book "Corps Strength" with them. I think they're an awesome addition to any gym, and my students love them too. Plus they are perfect for developing "Working Fitness" To be honest however what I really like best about them is that you can throw them in your car or truck without it rolling around and busting everything up. I just throw mine in the truck and hit the beach for a workout.They are well made and should be able to stand up through hard use for many years, a great high quality and useful piece of gear. (Before you say it, I'm not getting any money or free gear from these people). So If you get a chance, just try them them out, and I'm sure you'll see what I mean.
Be safe always, be good when you can.