From ab wheels to weighted vests, these training tools can maximise your gains and add a new dimension to your workouts.
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Fat Gripz Original
Big-grip training has long been hailed as the ‘secret’ to bigger arms and improved grip strength. More than just bulging biceps, grip strength affects every lift you do – from deadlifts, to lat pull-downs, to pull-ups – and for most gym-goers, Fat Gripz is the go-to brand.
Available in three different sizes, simply pop them on the barbell or dumbbells you’re using and prepare to feel the burn.
Strength Shop Chalk Ball
Lifting chalk forms a protective layer over your hands, which protects against gym-related blisters and tears. But more than that, it gives a boost to all-important grip strength, taking some of the strain off your forearms – particularly during deadlifts.
There are loads of chalk products out there, but Strength Shop’s Chalk Ball is more eco-friendly and effective than bottled, liquid varieties.
Body Power Premium Ab Wheel
If you want to leave your abs shaking like a leaf, wheel out the ab wheel – four sets of ten at the end of your workout should do the trick.
This offering from Body Power is simple but effective, with comfortable rubber handles and a smoother rolling motion than some of the more poorly designed options out there.
Body-Solid 20lb Weighted Vest
Weighted vests make it easy to add extra resistance to bodyweight moves like dips, lunges and pull-ups, forcing your body to work harder and, ultimately, progress more.
The Body Solid 20lb Weighted Vest is completely adjustable, with removable 1lb sand weights, as well as stainless steel hooks for use with cable equipment.
Beast Gear Weight Lifting Straps
Straps are absolutely nothing like Marmite, but you do either love them or hate them. While they help keep your grip strong and secure during heavy lifts, some say you’d be better off lightening the load and working on improving your grip strength.
But if you are a strap man, these from Beast Gear feature high-strength cotton and injected gel grips for support and comfort.
York Leather Belt
Belts like this shouldn’t just be the reserve of ‘serious’ lifters. By increasing pressure in your abdomen during heavy lifting – squats and deadlifts, mainly – the result is a more rigid core that stabilises your spine and helps increase your maximum power. This York Leather Belt is exceptional value.
Domyos Elastic Training Band
Training bands can be used for everything from assisted pull-ups to mobility warm-up work, and you won’t find any better value than this £7.99 option from Decathlon.
Available in a range of resistances, from 15kg to 60g (opt for higher resistance if you’re using it for assisted exercises), it should be a lightweight staple for any gym bag.