Fitness station: Beat the holiday weight-gain

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pio Solon

YOU might want to consider giving your friends some gifts that will encourage and get them started on a fitness journey!

TRX Suspension Trainer – Probably one of the most versatile fitness equipment ever made. Suspension trainers are placed on a fix point, and function much like gymnastic rings.

You get to work practically all the joints in your body with an increased activation of your core musculature. You can find these in most sports shops nowadays. Prices range is between P4,000 and P9,000.

Yoga Mats – Help people find inner peace by giving them a yoga mat. Yoga really is an underrated exercise modality, as it tones and lengthens our bodies segments whilst giving a modest strength and cardiovascular effect. Found in most fitness shops and yoga studios.

While I’m not very particular about brand or price, find a mat that allows for a bit of cushioning and find a mat that won’t let you slip around. Prices may range from P300 all the way up to P6,000, depending on how serious you are with your practice.

Ab wheel – Very simple device for targeting the core musculature. One can do a small number of reps to doing hundreds of repetitions per day of these. It’s safe and effective and people of all fitness levels can do it! Prices range between P 300 and P2,500 pesos. Get abs!

Kettlebells – I suggest this for those who would want to get hardcore. Exercises done with these are typically whole body movements. It’s a great way to train strength and power, while maintaining flexibility. Typically, the price ranges from P120 per kilo to P200 per kilo. Kettlebells really don’t get destroyed as they are made out of cast iron. Do swings now! I think a good weight to start with for women would be between 12kg and 16kg, while for men, they’d be good at 24kg, upwards.

There you go, some fitness gift ideas for this holiday season. Help someone get fit this season!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 15, 2013.


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