Fitness equipment for home workouts: Wrist weights, resistance bands, gliders, skipping rope, and more
Sneaky as they come
The end is near for Singapore's circuit breaker. Well, just about — as far as Phase 1 goes (yes we now have post-circuit breaker phases to get to), there's not much of a change, especially if you're itching to get back into the gym. For now, that scenario still seems pretty hypothetical. While the urge to remodel a makeshift home gym might be surging right now, there are easier, more affordable additions that you can weave into your home Zoom workout – without knocking down any walls. Apart from the basics like dumbbells and your trusty anti-slip mat, get acquainted with these little but challenging friends you can rely on to maximise your sweat session at home.
These things look harmless just by themselves, but with the proper execution, they will push your muscles to the limit. Sneaky. By forcing your feet to remain while sliding in motion — whether it be in a plank tuck or a reverse lunge, there's more pressure and tension happening within your muscles. Good for establishing a strong core and working on your glutes.
A memorabilia from our younger days; who knew the humble skipping rope could work as such effective cardio? While taking shelter from the scorching sun you would be subjected to on a run, you can skip up a sweat indoors. Either on its own, or mix things up with interval training like push-ups or jump squats — each lasting up to 45 seconds.
Looping a band around your legs or arms can make a vast difference — with added resistance when it comes to accomplishing every movement. Whether it be a simple squat or raising your arms while holding onto the band safely tucked under your feet. Let's just say you can get a whole lot more body definition by incorporating one of these into your mat routines.
If you're acclimated to 6kg dumbells (or more) on each side, wrist weights might seem too much of a breeze. But for the beginner that's looking to get a bit more burn from home — they would be the perfect fit. Typically, each wrist strap shouldn't be heavier than 2kg, as they are meant more for resistance. According to the American Council on Exercise, a wrist weight can increase the heart rate by at least five to ten beats per minute, as well as increasing calorie consumption by five to 15 percent. You can strap these on during your barre session or even in an aerobics online class.