Essential Functional Training Equipment That’s Out of the “Box” & Right for Your Facility
The functional training craze is still growing and shows no sign of slowing.
With your members clamoring for HIIT classes and functional training equipment, you will have no issue incorporating these equipment pieces into your facility’s layout. You can cater to your members’ needs while still enticing others to try functional training–if you start a specialty group X class, you’re sure to have new members join weekly!
5 Must-Have Pieces of Functional Training Equipment
With these 5 pieces of equipment, you can create endless circuits that keep gym members motivated:
- There’s no better equipment to test the body’s ability to lift and lower raw weight than a barbell. It’s ideal for completing Olympic lifts like the clean, jerk, snatch, and clean and jerk. Whether they’re used with light or maximum weight, barbells provide versatility for long and short workout durations.
- Unlike a traditional medicine ball, the Dynamax Medicine Ball is covered in a shock-absorbing shell that is designed for functional movements and slams. The weight is distributed internally so the ball itself remains functionally stable throughout your members’ workouts, which is ideal when they’re performing circuits that challenge every plane of motion.
- Ideal for muscle-ups and dips, rings help promote coordination and muscular control by adding the challenging element of instability you don’t get on a fixed station. Train with rings and expect to see developments in a defined and athletic physique.
- Plyometric training with a box can lead to improvements in vertical jump ability, muscle strength and joint protection. A box inside “the box” allows you to incorporate box jumps or burpee box jump-overs into the circuit. A box jump combines strength and cardiovascular training into one exercise. You have the ability to use different heights – consider scaling down for assistance in ring dips or push-ups.
- Combining the benefits of both cardio and strength training, a rowing attachment for your pulldown is a great substitute for running, especially when it’s cold outside. The movement is natural and low-impact, so it prevents stress on knees and joints. A rower is a great equipment alternative for short sprints and long-distance rows, as well as for warm-ups and cool-downs.
Including these essential pieces of equipment will ensure you can meet the needs of all your functional training enthusiasts, and enable you to create a wide variety of effective workouts that will keep them engaged and motivated.