We recently attended the LA Fit Expo, a two-day event packed into the South Hall of the LA Convention Center. The Expo was filled with a large array of companies and organizations and a host of products both old and new. While we will cover many of the other items we tasted, sipped or otherwise applied in future articles, we wanted to cover some of the cool new physical fitness products we came across to help you with your fitness lifestyle.
In no particular order:
This is a unique device for working your core as well as the rest of your body. We found 2-3 minutes with one of these to be a challenging and rewarding experience, as well as a lot of fun and a very different workout from what we were used to. The basic idea is an adjustable bar with round canon-ball-looking spheres on the ends with handles on it. You get in plank, grab the handles and then lift one arm at a time and move the lifted end around. Words don’t do it justice, watch the video! Trust us…this thing gave us a heck of a workout in the few minutes we were on it and left us wanting to spend more time with it. It has a whole host of accessories to make it easier or more challenging (a sled to help with balancing as you start out, resistance bands that go from your feet to the ends of the bar, etc.). They promised us that 15-minutes a day for 3-days a week would have you seeing great positive changes in your strength and we don’t doubt it!
This is one of those products that you look at and think “why didn’t I come up with that?”! These cool people have designed a product that easily slips over almost any existing water bottle/beverage container and then has a nice strong magnet to let it stick to any ferrous metal. This way you can stick your water bottle to the side of the Lat-Pull machine at the gym (or any other metal apparatus) instead of setting it on the ground (and then kicking it over the way we always do).
These are a wrist support device similar to the wraps you may be familiar with to support your wrists while lifting weights. However, with Rist Lok, instead of using an elastic fabric and wrapping multiple times around your wrist, they wrap once and then fold back through a buckle and cushion your wrists with a neoprene layer.
These are a new twist on spiked massage balls. They have larger and blunter “spikes” and come in 2 densities to suit your tastes. They also have an assortment of accessories including handles, wall mounts, bars, etc. to help you get to those hard to reach spots.
This handcrafted, wooden tool for myofascial release looks like and over-sized pair of martial arts nun-chucks. Its unique shape, size and application allows you to get to all those hard-to-reach spots to work through sore muscles and break up that fascia tissue from your hard workouts or just your everyday life.
The HNS System from Genesis Performance (watch for an upcoming review!) is a small platform on wheels to help support your head and neck while foam rolling your back, hips, lats, IT-bands, etc. It can also be used as a solid rolling platform for core exercises and lower body exercises like lunges and hamstring curls.
We look forward to attending more events like this in the future so we can bring you all the latest and greatest when it comes to your fitness lifestyle!