The Best Fitness Gear
The best fitness products are the ones that solve a common problem. Problem: most athletic tapes sucks they peel easily, and don’t hold up to sweat. Two CrossFitters solved that when they created Goat Tape, an athletic tape that is far stickier and more sweat resistant than what your average lifting coach is used to. Use it to tape your palms for grip and protection (this is especially clutch if your gym doesn’t allow chalk), and your wrists for support.
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Sol Republic Jax In Ear Headphones
Want to really test an in ear headphone? Sweat all over it, then do a bunch of box jumps. If it stays put and sounds good, it’s a winner. And by that measure, Sol Republic’s Jax in ear headphones are the best we’ve tried. Besides passing the above tests with flying colors, its chord is flat, so it doesn’t tangle. What’s more, at just $40 a pop, when the combination of chalk, sweat, and tugs on the chord inevitably kill the music, you won’t mind buying another pair.
When Men’s Health’s Fitness Advisor BJ Gaddour calls something “the most complete recovery and massage tool on the market today,” we listen. Indeed, Gaddour loves using the body wrench pre and post workout to knead his muscles, which in turn helps them recover quicker, and stay more mobile and injury free. He finds it especially great for hitting the spinal column, glutes, and shoulders. You can even use it for exercises where you’ toms shoes d use a Valslide or abs wheel.
When it comes to doing hardcore cardio intervals, the Airdyne reigns supreme meaning it will make you pour sweat like a faucet, and force your heart to pound like you’re being chased by a half ton Grizzly Bear. That’s because wind resistance is exponential, so the harder you pedal, the harder it is to pedal. This generates a serious metabolic shock to your muscles and oxygen reserves. Our favorite workout is a one minute all out calorie burn test. Shoot to burn 55 calories in one minute. Then prepare not to be able to walk for a few minutes.
There are a lot of GPS enabled running watches hitting the market now. But we like the IronMan Run Trainer 2.0 because of it’s small size, user friendliness, and ability to delve into deep data. In short, you can do something as simple as track how far you run with the push of two buttons, or get into some more advanced territory, like programing intervals with rest periods or syncing a heart rate monitor with the push of a couple more.