Here at at T.N.T, we’ve posted a number of blog articles about “low-tech” training tools and workout programs which involve everything from sandbags to resistance bands to Dumbbells to body-weight. Why do I refer to them as “low-tech”? Because they don’t have a bunch of cables or attachments, they don’t cost thousands of dollars, they’re not difficult to learn and they take up very little space. On the contrary, they’re easy to use, easy to transport, inexpensive to purchase and you need very little space to train.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ve been going to the gym since the 1980’s. I love to do “TAKU’s” intervals on a VERSACLIMBER or push my limits on a Concept 2 rower as much as anyone. I also love to Blast my way through a HAMMER STRENGTH total-body circuit, or load up the Trap Bar, and see how much weight I can move. If I’ve got an extra $8000 laying around and a few hundred square feet of extra space at my house, I could get myself a couple of these machines. But for 99% of the population, the prospect of creating space, and outfitting a home gym is out of the question.
Where does that leave you? Easy. Look to the low-tech solution. With a few different Serious Steel Bands or JC-Bands of varying resistance, you can replicate most machine movements. Throw in a Dumbbell or two and you’ve just expanded your options. Top it off with a good jump-rope, a couple sandbags and you literally have everything you need to get in shape, increase your muscular strength and endurance and skyrocket your conditioning.
We don’t sell these products directly, but all of us at T.N.T. has purchased them for our training clients as well as personal use! With that said, we recommend you try them for yourself. You’ll be amazed how challenging an overhead squat is with tiny resistance band, or how a simple set of Dumbbell movements will test your mental and physical limits. Click on some of the links in this article to find some awesome deals on some great training tools. Remember to check back on the blog frequently for training concepts, and Workout Of the Week sections for lots more exercise ideas.
Remember: You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get in the best shape of your life. All you need is a little guidance, some motivation and some imagination. Check out the links in this article to find some of our favorite tools.
TAKU’s NOTE: Check out my all-time favorite Band-Based Training System HERE
Good luck and keep training hard!
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