Equipment Needed For Workouts & Bootcamp Genres

 

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The Look Better Naked Online Strength & Fitness Workouts has different types of fitness genres. From bootcamps to intervals, to metabolic training, to ladder workouts, to continuous workouts and a whole bunch more. Every fitness level can get an awesome workout in using any of these genres.

With those different bootcamps and workouts comes the need for different types of fitness equipment.

This page will help you select the equipment that you need, while saving you the most money.

Basic Run Down of of equipment needed for workout Genre’s (more details on rest of page):

  • Beginner and Advanced Bootcamp (Resistance Bands, Swiss Ball)
  • Kettlebell Khaos (Kettlebells)
  • Body Weight (Nothing)
  • Abs/Core (Swiss Ball/Ab Wheel)
  • All Band Workouts (Pairs of Resistance Bands, Band Utility Strap)
  • 5:00 Workouts (Resistance Bands (50%), body weight and kettlebells)
  • Challenge Workouts (Resistance bands)
  • Travel/Hotel Workouts (Resistance Bands, Band Utility Strap, Hotel Furniture)
Please note that all workout genre’s will incorporate body weight and swiss ball movements, some more, some less

All levels of workout you will need a stability ball, also known as a swiss ball. These can be found at common places such as Target or Walmart and sporting goods stores, and usually run around $10-20 depending on your location.

swiss ball or stability ball is a great core trainer for 6-pack abs

Beginner Bootcamp and Intermediate/Advanced Bootcamp

With these 2 levels you will see the most workouts available to you. These workouts will almost always with every workout feature both body weight and resistance band exercises.

The resistance bands you will need are the 41″ layered latex band. This is not tubing with handles on it, or bungee cord. You will not be able to perform a majority of the exercises if you use band tubing. The resistance bands we recommend are much more effective and last a lot longer.

To find out more about Bands, click here for our Bands FAQ.

iron woody fitness band and dave schmitz the band man for resistance band training jumpstretch

I recommend getting your bands from Resistance Band Training. Dave Schmitz, the Bandman, has created his entire business around Resistance Band Training (RBT) and educational information about band training. He is one of my favorite strength coaches in the world and if ever get to see him in action I highly recommend it.

Dave Schmitz, The Bandman- ResistanceBandTraining.com

The band utility strap is something that you will also need if you are going to be doing the ALL BAND Workouts. Please see the All band section down below for more information.

Which to get: Please note that differences in strength, where you are starting at, and different exercises will affect which band you can start with and move up to.

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Now in the workouts for the beginner and advanced Bootcamp we will always use just single bands.  Although pairs of bands will be needed for the All-Band Bootcamps (see video for more info). So it would be cost effective to get the pair instead of the single. Especially if more then one person in the household will be performing the workouts.

With that said:

I recommend getting the first 4 bands.  Dave Schmitz the Bandman’s would be Orange, Red, Black, and Purple. Purple give a lot of tension, very few women in my camps use it. But if you are planning on implementing stretching with bands into your routine (which I very much recommend) then that band will be necessary.

Tensions and Strengths of the bands are:

  • Orange Band (Micro Band)- 5-15 pounds of resistance
  • Super Orange Band (Super Micro)- 10-20 pounds of resistance
  • Red (Mini band)- 15-35 pounds of resistance
  • Black (Monster Mini)- 35-55 pounds of resistance
  • Purple (Light-Large)- 50-75 pounds of resistance
  • Green (Average-X-Large)- 75-120 Pounds of resistance
  • Blue (Strong-XX Large)- 120-200 Pounds of resistance
  • Grey (Super Strong-XXX Large)-200-250 Pounds of resistance 
  • Large Black (Mega Strong-XXXX Large)-250-300 Pounds of resistance

From Dave Schmitz, The Bandman:

Also please read ‘Other things to take into consideration when purchasing the bands‘ below.

WOMEN:

1. Beginner Band Pair Package (All Band Workouts + Beginner/Advanced Bootcamp)

2. Small Single Band Package (Beginner and Advanced Bootcamp)

3. Band Utility Strap (All Band Workouts)

MEN:

Also please read ‘Other things to take into consideration when purchasing the bands‘ below.

1. Beginner Band Pair Package (All Band Workouts + Beginner/Advanced Bootcamp)

2. Intermediate Band Pair Package (All Band Workouts + Beginner/Advanced Bootcamp)

3.  Small Single Band Package (Strong)

4.  Medium Single Band Package (Stronger)

5.  Large Single Band Package (Strongest)

6. Band Utility Strap (All Band Workouts)

Other things to take into consideration when purchasing the bands:

1. The All Band Bootcamp Workouts. Pairs of bands will be needed for this. See video below

2. The All Band Bootcamp Workouts you will also need the Band Utility Strap available from Dave Schmitz, The Bandman. See video below

3. Different workouts and exercises will require different strength bands. A band exercise you can do for :20 will not be the same band you can use on a :60 exercise. Unless you’re dogging it on the :20 (This is why you will need a variety of strengths of bands.)

4. The recommendations above are just that– recommendations. Feel free to get any type of band or package you like.

5. If you have any injury of the major joints then we do recommend getting a package with the smallest orange band. In our physical classes we don’t let any adults use the orange band (except on really hard exercises unless they have an injury.)

6. To see why I love resistance bands as a training tool and what they can do for you click here to see the FAQ Bands.

Kettlebell Khaos Online Workouts & Boot Camp

 

kettlebells from perform better professional

Professional Grade Kettlebells Will Melt The Fat Right Off

For the kettlebell khaos online workouts you will need a kettlebell.

Please note that if you are just getting back into training, or have quite a few pounds to lose we do not recommend starting off with this type of workout. This is my personal recommendation as a fitness professional. One of the beginner bootcamps is what we recommend starting with. After 8 weeks you should be ready to progress to Kettlebell Khaos.

Kettlebells have been around for a long time, just not here in America. The thing is, kettlebells are not cheap. Unless you buy a cheaply made one. If you’re going to train with kettlebells and make it a part of your daily/weekly routine, you need to get quality made kettlebells.

If you buy a quality kettlebell now in 2012 (or whatever year it is now), you will still have that kettlebell in 2060. They don’t break or go bad- EVER. It’s a solid piece of iron!

I’ve searched and scoured the universe for the best kettlebells at a resonable price. And I’ve also found the best kettlebells for top dollar. It’s up to you to decide which ones to add to your arsenal. (And if you find other ones not listed here, please let me know ;)

But please don’t buy you’re kettlebell from Wal-Mart or Target, and please don’t buy a fit-bell, a go-bell, a kettle-stack, or any other name-bell. They are not the same as a kettlebell as much as they would like you to believe– you get what you pay for. You can only experience true kettlebell lifting with an actual kettlebell.

3 online retailers I have found are the best quality:


Perform Better
Good prices. Awesome customer service. 1st Place Bells are good, very smooth and balanced. And you can’t go wrong with the competition style (I have 2 8kgs, 1 12kg, 1 20 kg and 1 36 kg) and it is my favorite style.

Dragon DoorBest quality other then competition style. Most expensive. They only have one style to choose from.

Now probably comes the question of ‘which one(s) to get’.

Six things to keep in mind when buying kettlebells:

1. Different exercises you will be able to handle different weights. So a swing or a goblet squat you will probably be able to handle more weight then if you were doing a press or turkish get-up. In that regard if you don’t have any kettlebells as of right now, it’s best to get at least 2 of different weight. But if that’s not possible one will suffice.

2. Where you are starting? What your level of fitness is now?

All exercises and your ability to perform that exercise with any given weight will not only be affected by your beginning strength level, but also by your flexibility, mobility and stability of the joints needed to perform said exercise. If you lack flexibility, mobility and stability stick near the very low end (if not lower) of the recomendations below. If a kettlebell is too heavy for you, your technique will suffer and so will your body. Don’t have an ego when it comes to kettlebells. Technique is much more important then the weight you can lift. The weight will gradually increase, but that has to happen after you get the technique down.

If you cannot bend over and touch your toes without bending your knees. Start with a lighter bell.

3. The recommendations I am going to be giving you are based off of kilograms (KG), which most kettlebell companies set their weights in. Some are in pounds, if you’re more comfortable with that get those.

4. You don’t need to get them all at once. I have slowly overtime built up my personal kettlebell set. Usually 1-3 bells at a time.

5. Some exercises are easier to learn with a heavier bell. Again get 2, if you have none right now. But if it’s not in the budget stick with one.

6. Single vs. Double Kettlebell Training. You will learn kettlebell technique starting with just one kettlebell. This is known as uni-lateral training, or training one side of the body at a time. Most of your first workouts with a kettlebell will be on just one-side of the body at a time. Master single bell training then you can move on to double.

Recommendation Women:

Keep in mind these recommendations are for people brand new to kettlebell training.

Strong and Fit Women will want to go with anywhere between an 8-12 KG (17-26 pounds). If you are just beginning with kettlebells start on the lower end. 16 KG (35 pounds) is not pushing it either depending on how fit and strong you really are.

Women who haven’t been working out lately should go with anywhere between 6-10 KG (13-22 pounds).

And always remember, ladies, heavy weights will not equal big and bulky muscles, especially with kettlebells. Lean, sexy, and strong should be your mantra when training with the ‘bells.

Recommendation Men:

Keep in mind these recommendations are for people brand new to kettlebell training.

Strong and Fit Men will want to go with anywhere between a 16-24 KG (35-53 pounds).  If you are just beginning with kettlebells start on the lower end.

Men who haven’t been working out lately should go with 10-22 KG (22-44 pounds).

I’ve seen other types of kettlebells on the market other then what you suggest. Can I use those?

The type of kettlebell that I recommend are solid, cast iron kettlebells. It’s solid iron. If you drop it it won’t break and it will last your lifetime and everybody you pass it on to (they make great heirlooms :)

Other types of kettlebells on the market are:

Plate loaded kettlebells kettlebell weight plates are dangerous for traditional kettlebell lifting These types of bells allow you to add weight incrementally by adding weight plates. They are cheaper, but if one word could sum these types up, it would be DANGEROUS. I’ve picked them up once just to see what they felt like and that was it. I don’t want to be doing overhead lifts, or snatches or jerks or the like with a bunch of weight plates that ‘snap’ into place. But that’s just me :) Also the way it rests on your forearms will be different and not as comfortable as a cast iron bell, due to the different sizes of plates and the unsmooth transition between the two.

Coated Kettlebells vinyl coated kettlebells not the best type when searching for a quality kettlebell The most common is vinyl, and I think there are some with rubber around it. Kettlebells with rubber on the bottom is fine, but if the entire bell is coated it is not a traditional kettlebell. These types were made more for fitness. The handles to the top of the bell are shorter as well. This is not good for traditional exercises that we will be doing a lot of such as cleans and snatches. The shorter distance causes the bell to land differently on the wrist (higher) which with a lot of repitition could injure that area. The handles also tend to be smaller (not as thick), which will not help with your grip strength, which is critical with longer kettlebell circuits.

Unless it actually says that you are ordering a cast iron kettlebell coated with vinyl (Perform Better) do not get it as it is not a traditional kettlebell.

Loaded kettlebells shot loaded kettlebell can be messy to clean up if you're not careful The last type of kettlebell are kettlebells where you fill it up. These can use water, sand, or pellets. These are better then the other two, but if you drop it, clean up is a mess. But remember that water and sand will move around during the lift, which can actually help you get stronger as more stabilizers will engage. But I don’t trust anything where things can spilll out when I’m working out.

One Response to “Equipment Needed For Workouts & Bootcamp Genres”

  1. matt sgro says:

    Hey Jason,

    Been a while. Hope you’re well.

    I want to add some things that can be used in 1 on 1 sessions as well as boot camps. I’d like a long rope that I see people whiping up and down. Usually one up while the other is going down, altering. Can I get that from you? My studio is only 800 square feet, small, so if I use this rope for workouts it would have to be outside, or maybe when we’re the only 2 people in the studio.

    What do I hook this up to?

    Any ideas of what to hook TRX up to in such a small studio?

    I’m doing a big coupon with living social (something like groupon) – if it hits I’ll need a bunch of boot camps equipment and I’ll hit you up. Send me anything on special now if you have it.

    Any ideas of anything new to do with clients, any new type equipment, please send to me.

    I’d like some bands, like a 50 foot roll. Maybe 3 tensions. If you have prices on that I can probably order this next week when I get some payments coming form some accounts.
    Thanks.-matt

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