Whether you’re just getting into the fitness world or are a seasoned veteran, it’s easy to depend on tools and methodologies rather than simply finding a routine that works for you. While we’ve compiled the best fitness accessories of 2017 for you, we encourage you follow the golden rule of fitness: consistency over quantity.
We believe fitness products should supplement a solid routine rather than the other way around.
Best Fitness Accessories 2017
The following list contains a range of different accessories, but with a focus on full-body movements. These are tools we think people of many lifestyles could benefit from. If you’re looking for ways to rock out to music while exercising, you should check out the best wireless headphones and best portable speakers of 2017!
|WODFitters Resistance Band||Stretching / Flexibility||Check Price|
|Fitbit Alta HR||Progress Tracking||Check Price|
|Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell||Full Body Strength & Health||Check Price|
|BedJet Climate Comfort||Improving Sleep Quality||Check Price|
|Valeo Medicine Ball||Fluidity of Movement||Check Price|
|Survival & Cross Jump Rope||Cardio & Speed Training||Check Price|
1. WODFitters Resistance Band – Stretching & Range of Motion
Fitness goals often vary, with some pursuing strength, others aesthetic appeal, and yet others simply wanting to feel good. While many routines suit these goals, they tend to ignore stretching. Stretching helps all of these goals, often far more than you would expect.
For beginners, stretching builds a solid base of mobility. It allows for smooth progress and greatly reduces chance of injury. If you are intermediate or advanced, stretching can allow you to push yourself in familiar movements more than you would be able to otherwise.
While you can do a host of stretching exercises with just your body, the WODFitters resistance band is incredibly beneficial for performing trickier stretches. We particularly enjoy using it for shoulder ROM and lateral thigh stretches. There’s an infinite number of ways to use a resistance band, and we recommend you pick one up and reap the benefits!
2. Fitbit Alta HR – Track Your Progress
If you avoided the smartwatch phase for the last few years, now would be a good time to reconsider: a new generation of sleek, capable devices have replaced the unwieldy, expensive, unreliable gadgets of the past. Fitbit has been the top innovator in the quantified self movement for the last few years, and the Alta HR is the epitome of their progress.
While a third of the size of first generation fitness trackers, the Alta HR packs an accurate heart rate sensor, sleep and step tracking, and automatic exercise recognition. The battery goes a full week on one charge.
The free Fitbit app offers a host of information, graphs, and statistics for you to learn from. It also pairs with the Alta HR to show real-time details about calorie expenditure or resting heart rate.
3. Solid Iron Kettlebell – Complete Full-Body Workout
The Yes4All Solid Iron Kettlebell is perhaps the most versatile item of the best fitness accessories we’ve found. There’s not many other single pieces of equipment that allow you to thoroughly work out your whole body!
Kettlebells offer many of the same benefits from full-body training that barbells do, but are far more portable and much cheaper for those wanting to avoid expensive monthly gym fees.
If you’re new to kettlebells, the name of the game is: “keep it simple”. Two or three exercises can go a long way! Try starting with kettlebell deadlifts, one-arm high pulls, and the infamous swing.
4. BedJet Climate Comfort – Peaceful, Uninterrupted Sleep
Sleep, like diet, should be thought of as a “bottleneck” which can either restrict or release your progress. If you’re not getting enough high quality sleep, it doesn’t matter how much effort you’ve put into your fitness goals.
Many people make sleep a personal priority and maintain good sleep hygiene, yet still have issues with sleep. In many cases, this is because temperature and climate are huge factors in sleep quality, but are very difficult to optimize.
The BedJet solves this by means of an advanced air control system. A device fits under the end of your bed sheet and controls the temperature of your bed. It also ventilates your bed to remove excess moisture. The system works many times faster than electric blankets, is controlled wirelessly, and offers the oft-neglected feature of being able to cool you in the summer.
It allows you to set different control settings for each side of the bed so you can both sleep in comfort.
5. Valeo Medicine Ball – Strength in Movement
If kettlebells are for core strength, medicine balls are for stability and control. Their size and weight allow them to be used in a variety of positions. They can also work out accessory muscles that would be otherwise difficult to target.
Medicine ball usage can overlap with kettlebells, but we recommend you reserve kettlebells for full-body movements. Movements involving lateral twisting motion or extended arm positions suit medicine balls best.
6. Survival & Cross Jump Rope – When Running Gets Boring
While I typically enjoy running, the conditions are quite harsh during the winter. Since treadmills and elliptical machines bored me, I began to look for other alternatives. I became interested in jump ropes after watching a video of Floyd Mayweather:
You can jump rope just about anywhere for a challenging workout. Learning the basic jump and developing your own rhythm is exhilarating! There’s also many intermediate and advanced moves to progress to.
We recommend the Survival & Cross jump rope for it’s durability, adjustability, and high quality build.