Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment
#10 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Foam Rollers – This device helps to increases blood flow by breaking up deep tissue through myocardial tissue massage. This effort will increase your range of motion and flexibility which reduces injury.
#9 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Gym Rings – A good set of rings is key to performing ring dips, pushups, muscle-ups and much more. What are the best CrossFit rings for functional fitness workouts?
Rogue Fitness Gym Rings are made of steel with powder coat. The straps are 1.5″ wide with a HD cam buckle, each strap has a velcro strap to hold excess strapping. These are made in the US and are second to none. The wide straps setup in a fraction of the time that other rings take.
Many athletes prefer the wood gym rings like those made by MuscleDriverUSA.
Plastic Rings – Tyler Hass led the way with his Elite EXF rings and there are a few other plastic ring manufacturers out there.
#8 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Jump Rope – Jumping rope is simply put one of the best and cheapest pieces of training equipment everyone should own. Jumping rope provides a high intensity total body cardio workout that is unmatched by any other piece of equipment.
#7 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Resistance Bands – Resistance bands are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the functional training arsenal. They can be used anywhere to get a workout in or they can be added to almost any traditional lift to add an extra level of difficulty. They can also be used to assist in moves like dips and pull ups.
#6 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Speed Ladder – Speed ladders are one of the best ways to increase agility, speed and footwork. They can also be used with your upper body and have been used as a great warm up for any functional training workouts.
#5 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Medicine Balls – Medicine balls are durable and versatile and are a great way to get the most out of any functional training workout. There are bouncing medicine balls which are great for core exercises like med ball slams, and there are non-bouncing medicine balls for many core engaging exercises like V sit-twists.
#4 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Heavy Ropes (aka Battling Ropes) – Heavy Ropes have been taking over the functional training and athletic performance training field. Ropes provide a unique workout unlike any traditional fitness equipment. Heavy ropes are great for developing core strength and coordination through your entire body.
#3 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Kettlebell or Dumbell
#2 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
#1 of Top Ten Functional Fitness Equipment.
Honorable mention Runner Up
Suspension Training System – A device like the TRX suspension trainer allow the user to set up their workout nearly anywhere and easily adjust for their individual needs. Suspension training stimulates core power and stabilization for increased balance and body control.
The Plyo Box is great for working on a basic skill – jumping. You can build some great power and speed easily with a little bit of workout on the plyo boxes.