Exercise accessories are those additional fitness tools that help make your workouts even more effective and enjoyable.
During a typical week, there are several different locations at which I workout:
- in my neighborhood gym
- in my home fitness area
- at local fitness parks (I live in the desert, so I can workout outdoors throughout the year).
For all of these workouts, I find it helpful and motivating to keep an ample supply of exercise accessories on hand.
Exercise Accessories that Inspire the Most Comments and Questions
I share ideas and motivation online – in photos and videos featured on Pinterest, Instagram, and this website – and, over time, I’ve noticed that there are 4 specific exercise accessories that I get asked about every time they appear.
I’m sharing these products in case you find them helpful. For the record, I’m not affiliated with the companies that make these items and I don’t participate in any revenue from their sale.
I’ve also included a video lower within this article that you might find particularly helpful.
1. Barehand Partial Gloves
In the culture of CrossFit, it’s considered cool to build up very thick hand calluses. However, when calluses get too thick, they tear easily during pull-ups or barbell work – exposing small, pink openings that become a simple way for staphylococcus pathogens to enter your body.
Open skin tears and staph infections are not cool, folks.
Also, that hardened skin on your palms might not bother you much, but probably doesn’t feel great to your romantic partner when touched by you – the edges of calluses can get very textured and sharp.
Using gloves while exercising helps to secure your grip (particularly if your palms become a bit sweaty during intense exertion) and prevent callus build-up on the pads at the base of your fingers.
Some people wear full gloves that cover the entire hand including fingers; however, this extra padding over-corrects the problem by making the skin too soft and unresponsive (the nerve endings at the tips of your fingers are highly sensitive and responsible for sending sensory information to your brain).
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Barehand is a brand of partial gloves that protect the pads at the base of your fingers while still leaving the heels of your palms and fingertips exposed.
For me, they have been a game-changer.
There are other brands of partial gloves that are less expensive (find them on Amazon), however, I pay a bit more for the Barehand brand because I can throw them in the laundry machine over and over. They’re so well constructed that they don’t fall apart after multiple washes.
Once or twice a year, Barehand usually offers a 40% off sale, so if you opt-in to their emails, you can be notified of their next big sale.
2. Resistance Bands with Padded Cuffs
Everyone knows about resistance bands, both open and looped, but not everyone knows about the bands that have padded cuffs. The padded cuffs allow for a whole other menu of possible exercises!
Even today, I’m still surprised that people don’t use resistance bands more often. They’re outrageously effective, versatile, and affordable.
Some brands currently available with padded cuffs include Spri, TheraBand, and Elite Supplies.
3. Glute Ham Roller
The exercise accessories in this list are all made by different manufacturers, and the Glute Ham Roller is made by a company called Samson Equipment. Use this roller to do a variety of bridge thrusts and reverse hamstring curls, and also push-ups, lunges, and more.
The Glute Ham Roller is in no way essential to a good workout. It’s just an extra tool that can add some fun variety and spice to your workouts. I imagine it might also come in handy if you have to move a sofa!
4. Toe Sox
Your feet form the foundation upon which the rest of your body is built. For this reason, it’s important to have healthy, strong, and supple feet.
The principle behind Toe Sox is the same as is behind the Barehand Partial Gloves (see above) – better grip and absorption.
I’m a big believer in working out barefoot – particularly for yoga and pilates – but sometimes you need a little arch support, protection, and non-slip texture while still leaving your heel and toes exposed.
Because of the 20 muscles in the human foot, toes are like little suction cups that help you to both propel and stay grounded (if you’ve ever seen a monkey move around and climb trees, you know what I’m talking about). Standard socks and shoes squish the toes together, which is disadvantageous. Another benefit to Toe Sox is that they help create a little extra separation between your toes.
Exercise Accessories Can Make a Positive Difference
There are many more exercise accessories that I use during a typical week than what is listed here; I’m sharing these in particular because they’re the ones others find most intriguing.
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