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12 Best home workout accessories you need to have for ultimate fitness goals during the pandemic – PINKVILLA

Posted: June 6, 2021 at 1:46 am


Cant afford to skip another day at the gym? Fret not, as we have compiled a list of the best home gym accessories that you should get right away to achieve that summer body!

While we are still in the face of the pandemic, struggling to find the new normal, let us not forget about our fitness woes that might end up ruining us if we dont do anything about it. Fitness is key to a healthy lifestyle and it should be the main priority right now for a lot of us.

As we are already facing mental health problems, let us not take things for granted and let them affect our physical health. The body needs to be active and energetic to be performing all tasks well and to be able to get through the pandemic without facing a hustle in terms of fitness and health.

So, we have listed down the best home gym equipment that will ultimately help you achieve the body of your dreams and ensure that you stay fit and active during these testing times.

A non slippery organic yoga mat

Get yourself an organic yoga mat and start practising yoga right away to achieve the ultimate mental and physical fitness. The organic yoga mat is not harmful to the environment and it will keep you more grounded and agile. You can perform your yoga asanas on this mat every morning and start your day on a fresh and positive note.

Ankle weights

Get yourself a set of ankle weights, preferably 1 to 3 lb ankle weights. These are great for your leg day and for enhancing your exercise. These are great for muscle building and building stamina on your legs.

Resistance bands

These are trending as we speak. Many fitness trainers have come to use resistance bands in their training especially for lunges, squats or any cardio exercises. They build flexibility, strength, stabilise muscles and theyre a great alternative to machines and super heavy weights.

Dumbbell set

These are a must have for any fitness enthusiast and it goes without saying. These weights add to your muscle growth, build stamina and strength in your arms, forearms and increase flexibility. They also promote coordination and flexibility for joints.

Kettlebell weights

It improves your core strength and flexibility. It improves your posture and stabilises muscles and the spinal cord. They are also known to boost your metabolism and strength.

Skipping rope

This is the best form of exercise if you are doing cardio. It promoted a healthy heart, burns down calories straight away. It improves your digestive system, increases stamina and it helps you to get rid of fatigue. It also boosts mental health and strengthens your bones.

Stationary exercise bike

It helps in weight loss and it is an excellent way to pump your heart and get that blood flow going. It is a low impact workout that you can do at any given point in time during the day. It strengthens your legs and builds muscles in the lower body.

Treadmill

Another must have gym equipment you need to invest in for your house is the treadmill. You can place it outside on your balcony or on the terrace to get some fresh while youre running on the treadmill. It is best for your overall physical and health wellbeing and promotes a healthy heart and builds stamina.

Elliptical machine

This machine is again a low impact workout but it is great for your stamina, burns lots of calories and puts less stress on your joints. It is great for cardio as it combines both upper and lower body workout.

Slam ball

Slam ball is another gym accessory that you get yourself for a home workout. It increases muscle density, improves metabolism and improves heart health.

Rowing machine

This is the perfect gym equipment for building your core strength and building stamina. It helps in getting rid of the belly fat, aids in weight loss, improves flexibility and gives you an overall body burn. It also helps strengthen your arms and increases stamina in the upper body along with fixing your posture.

Suspension training kit

It is great for developing muscles and stabilising them. It helps in improving the overall strength of your body and provides a complete body workout without going to the gym.

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12 Best home workout accessories you need to have for ultimate fitness goals during the pandemic - PINKVILLA

FM fitness centers doing the heavy lifting of rebuilding membership rolls as pandemic wanes – INFORUM

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Fargo-Moorhead clubs felt their share of the pain, too. But as the pandemic wanes, officials say membership and attendance is bouncing back.

For Chelsea Morin, exercise has been key to making her way through the pandemic.

Morin was getting in a few miles on a treadmill Tuesday, May 25, at Planet Fitness in south Fargo. She was one of dozens of people working out at the popular West Acres area facility.

Working out kept her mentally on her game.

For sure. I definitely need it. I lost weight during the pandemic, said Morin with pride.

She also appreciates some pandemic changes at the club, particularly more distance between her and other exercisers. I wish they always had it spaced out, to be honest, Morin said.

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On the other side of the facility, Cole Kartes of West Fargo was working out with free weights, glad to be among the end-of-the-workday crowd doing some socially distanced sweating.

Kartes said the gym at Mayville State University helped him during the last year. It gave me something to do, he said, as he set up to work with some dumbbells.

It was more busy than you expected it to be during a pandemic, Planet Fitness manager Terry Gerald said.

Exercise offered a touch of normalcy during the pandemic.

I think a lot of people wanted to get out and work out. Get out of the house, Gerald said.

Its not a stretch to say that workout facilities across the nation were savaged economically by shutdowns and coronavirus worries.

All but one state - South Dakota - shut down gyms last spring as the pandemic took hold. Other states fully or partially closed gyms for varying amounts of time.

As the U.S. headed into the pandemic, there were about 40,000 health clubs generating $35 billion in annual revenue, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.

Between March 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020, health and fitness clubs, gyms and studios lost $20.4 billion in revenue. That was a 58% decline in revenues from 2019, the IHRSA reported.

About 6,400 clubs - 17% of the total - closed permanently, and 44% of fitness professionals, or about 1.4 million people, lost their jobs.

The industry was in such dire straits that in March the IHRSA said that without economic help, one in four fitness-related businesses could be forced to close their doors.

A number of fitness chains filed for bankruptcy in the last year, including 24 Hour Fitness and Golds Gym.

In December, 24 Hour Fitness emerged from bankruptcy after closing about a third of its 450 stores as part of the reorganization. Golds was eventually acquired by Germany-based RSG Group in August of 2020. Thirty company-owned Golds Gyms were closed.

For many facilities, it could be a heavy lift to rebuild membership.

The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties is among those working on bringing back members.

But it has been a hard road, membership director Luke Hommerding said Tuesday.

Chelsea Morin works out on a treadmill at Planet Fitness in south Fargo on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

Like other North Dakota gyms, the Y Cass-Clay facilities closed in March of 2020 and reopened in early May.

The last 14 months have been unlike anything I have ever seen, Hommerding said. Things are on the up and up. Its been a hard year on the members and staff, but were going to make it through.

When the OK was given to start reopening exercise facilities last spring, Hommerding said the focus was on safety and spacing out equipment. Some unused equipment still remains in storage. Recovery has definitely been a process, he said.

I would say that membership is back on the upswing. We did lose a lot of (members) last summer and especially (last) fall when COVID definitely hit the F-M area, Hommerding said. But since January weve been on a consistent upswing.

Student and single-adult memberships have returned quickly, but it hasnt been until recently that families started returning for swimming, T-ball and other programs, he said.

Child care for essential workers kept a number of Y Cass-Clay employees on the job, but there were layoffs for a time among health and welfare workers, he said.

Using member check-ins as a metric, business at the Y is off 40% from two years ago.

If you look right now, compared to where we were March of 2021 versus March of 2019, were at about 60% of check-ins, Hommerding said

In the meantime, the Y has been working with members, offering free holds on memberships, and extensions of those holds, for those uncomfortable coming back.

Were trying to do our best to be accommodating. When youre ready to come back, well be there for you, Hommerding said.

Weve definitely seen a lot of people come back in the last few months, but maybe its been a year since theyve been in our building. Its definitely on the upswing, but its been tough, Hommerding said. Whats cool, is that once you see someone come in, theres a very good chance well see them three or four times that week."

Courts Plus Community Fitness in south Fargo also saw its membership drop due to the pandemic, Manager Kelly Kisell said Tuesday. At the beginning, we were closed down for almost two months. And when we opened back up, we saw quite a decrease in our attendance. A lot of our hardcore members were still coming in. The younger male generation is who kept our doors open. They were here the majority of the time.

Normalcy is returning as COVID infections and deaths go down, he said.

Now, realistically, it almost feels like normal right now, Kisell said. Our gym is busy during the normal busy times like it used to be. Our old members are coming back, the ones that quit during the pandemic. Now theyre coming back.

Still, were still trying to crawl back to where we were on actual membership numbers, Kisell said. We took a big hit when members exercising caution let their memberships lapse.

Yet, he is optimistic.

The feel in the club feels like were back. The high school and college kids are working out here in the weight rooms. Theyre being utilized. Everybody is playing tennis and pickleball and people are starting to fill the group exercise classes again.

Membership at Planet Fitness is bouncing back, well, too, according to Matt Huff, who oversees 12 facilities in North Dakota, South Dakota, California and Moorhead.

He says the encouraging culture and low cost of Planet Fitness has served it well through the pandemic. The facilities he runs saw little change in traffic. And sign-ups have been good so far in 2021, particularly online.

However, a further rise in membership may require a return to cooler weather in the North Country. But Huff doesn't sound like he'll sweat over the wait.

Were going into the slowest season for us. This is the Midwest in the summer, this is where people want to be outside, Huff said. As far as numbers are concerned, were right where we want to be.

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