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Weighted Hula Hoop
This one looks pretty weird. And pretty fun! A weighted hula hoop may well up some nostalgia for older folks who remember using the original hula hoops during their childhood days. Here, the addition of a weight on a tether gives you a workout. The idea is to use a weighted hammer and a hula-hoop motion to get centrifugal force going, thus giving your legs, waist, and buttocks a cardio workout with aerobics. More conventional workouts might give you the same results, but certainly not the same fun.
Yeah, you're right if you thought that booty bands are, well, bands that go around your booty. Nobody is promising that using booty bands will leave you with spectacular booties like the ones Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian brandish. But booty bands will give you a good butt toning, as well as full-body workouts; you can use booty bands for your arms, and abs, and target your lats with precision. An average booty band is most often a thin resistance loop that's around eight to ten inches long. Word of advice: don't buy the cheapest booty band you can find. Something sturdy will last longer and be more effective during workouts.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used acupressure for centuries; the theory is to release blocked energy and thus ease the pain caused by these blockages. Likewise, the ancient practice of acupuncture targets points on the skin to influence a variety of the body's functions. An acupressure mat works similarly to both of these techniques, stimulating acupressure points, though in a less targeted way. While evidence that acupressure mats work is largely anecdotal, those who swear by them say they help with headaches and back pain.
They're made of foam (usually). And they roll. Less a piece of workout gear and more of a self-massage tool, foam rollers nonetheless can be incorporated into a fitness routine. The idea is that the stretching and massaging your body gets as it rolls back and forth over the cylinder alleviates muscle tension and tightness. Proponents also say foam rollers reduce fascia adhesion—fascia is connective tissue that's spread throughout the body like a web holding pretty much all parts of our bodies in place. Research is spotty on this one, but foam roller devotees say the massaging of fascia reduces fatigue.
There are a few big names in suspension training systems: TRX, NYPOT, and BodyBoss to name a few. They all work in similar ways, using gravity against your strength to give you a good workout, helping you to build strength while improving flexibility and coordination. You can do a seemingly endless variety of exercises with just a few suspension straps, such as suspended push-ups, bicep curls, and leg squats. You can target your glutes, hamstrings, back, and trunk—pretty much any body part that can get worked out can benefit from suspension training.
Most folks were introduced to Bala Bangles when they were featured on TV's Shark Tank in 2020. Though the practice of strapping wearable weights to your wrists and ankles for working out has a long history. Bala Bangles, however, update and improve the concept with a design that makes the wearable weight much more wearable; a series of rectangular silicone weights on an elastic strap offer balance and comfort that was lacking in the predecessors. But like the wearables of old, strapping on some extra weight does wonders to up your workout: raising your heart rate and making your muscles work harder than they would during non-weighted workouts.
The BOSU ball may be new to millions of TikTokers, but it has been around for a while, first hitting the fitness scene in the late 90s. And, in fairness, the thing should probably be called the BOSU half ball, as it is half of an inflated ball attached to a rigid platform. BOSU stands for "both sides up," meaning that you can do exercises on both the round and flat sides. The key to the BOSU ball's success is that exercises force you to maintain your balance, and so are great for targeting core strength. From push-ups and squats to holding a plank and more, if you've got an exercise in mind you can probably do it on a BOSU.
Written by William McCleary for Knockaround.