Fat Gripz are an inexpensive alternative to thick bar training. They fit over standard barbells/dumbbells, instantly making the bar twice as thick. You could just keep a pair of these in your gym bag and slip them over the bar whenever you want to change things up a bit (or if you are using a routine that calls for thick bar training). Just click the image to check them out.
I’ve had the chance to try out Big Back Lifting Grips, so it’s time for a review.
Before I start, I’ll tell you I usually just prefer using gym chalk for my grip when I train–I’m kind of old school that way. But here’s the problem–a lot of gyms won’t allow you to use it (and sometimes we have to train at whatever gym is available).
Big Back Lifting Grips are great for this kind of situation. I’ve trained with them a few times and they work very well. I keep a set in my bag in case I want a little help getting a firm grip for something like Romanian deadlift. I’ve found they are also good for some pushing movements, like bench press.
Here’s the website if you are interested in this product:
In case you are wondering, I was not paid for this review.
I’ve previously mentioned the Ab Wheel, a dirt cheap but effective way to train the abdominal muscles.
There’s another cost effective piece of equipment you can buy and use at home: an exercise ball. They are versatile, inexpensive and great for training the abs–you can lean back on it and get a great stretch.
I’ve included a link to one that is rated highly on Amazon.com (see below), but you may want to just go to your local retail store and look around. You may also want to check out size recommendations–the one I have linked below is 75cm, but a shorter person may do better with a 65cm (or smaller).
Note: Remember that visible abs come from low body fat, not abdominal training.