Since I first began personal training in 1985 individuals have stated basically the same goals: To get rid of fat and gain muscle, improve athleticism, heal the body,increase movement skills, spend little money and train as much as they wanted. I’m pretty sure you want exactly the same, but there’s a problem. You may travel, it’s hard to get to the gym, or maybe you can’t stand the gym and/or you can’t afford to build your own machine laden gym in your own home? So what do you do? Well the result has been here for over 3 decades. The answer to true physical fitness is portable fitness equipment from the Monkey Bar Gym! Portable home fitness equipment has evolved from the light resistance bands and ankle weights they’ll use in aerobic classes. Today portable exercise equipment is literally all you need to enter into the greatest shape of your life. Whether your goal is basic overall fitness, strength, conditioning OR higher level sports performance you can get it all with portable exercise equipment.
How do I know this? It is all I have ever done and all that my dad Bobby Hinds has ever done. My pops started the beginnings of portable fitness equipment with the beaded jump rope and training program in 1973, which sparked the Jump Rope for Heart program. He followed it up in 1976 together with the first ever Portable Gym. In older days people thought dad was crazy…still do , but he was way in front of his time. He saw a tremendous need for people to stay fit while on the road, traveling, doing exercises at home or outside. He knew that doesn’t everyone wanted to workout on machines, or had the money, time or drive to workout in a gym or inside for that matter. So, he took it upon himself to change it and the fitness world has not been the same.
Today, portable fitness equipment can do everything you desire within your fitness training: YOU CAN get stronger, leaner, improve athletic performance, heal & prevent injuries, increase movement skills, spend little money and train anywhere you want, anytime you want!!! Portable home fitness equipment can also allow you to follow a web-based training program, almost like getting your own personal trainer! Due to all of these tremendous benefits, portable exercise equipment is a common term inside the fitness industry. I feel my Dad and his company, Lifeline USA, are a huge reason for portable exercise equipment being such an integral part of the fitness industry today. I have always believed in portable exercise equipment, so much that I exposed my Monkey Bar Gymnasium in 2001. It is the first hard core strength and conditioning training facility in the united kingdom that uses ONLY portable fitness equipment!
“Full body anywhere, anytime training is we do and all we’ve ever done” says Monkey Bar Gymnasium, Certified Natural Trainer, Jessica Rucker. “We teach movement mastery first and then add resistance via portable fitness equipment. Using Resistance cables, Kettlebells, Jungle Gyms, Med & D-balls, Jump Ropes, Power Pushups, Power Jumpers, Vertical Jumpers and Power Wheels all combine challenge to basic bodyweight movements, thus taking these to the next level. It’s clearly the main reason everyone who trains along with us either online or at the Monkey Bar Gymnasium is amazingly fit”.
So what exactly is portable exercise equipment? Any piece of home fitness equipment that you can easily pack and take anywhere in the world and get a tremendous workout. For this reason my dad’s first Portable Gym’s tag line was “a gym in the bag”. Portable fitness equipment gives you a great workout, not simply an okay one.
It functions!! A workout with really good portable fitness equipment improves your strength (functional muscle), conditioning (leaner body), sports performance, agility, mobility, stability, power and strength. Want proof, With the Monkey Bar Gymnasium we AVERAGE 17 lbs of weight loss and 5.4 lbs of muscle gain on the first 60 days of education…did I mention, only using portable exercise equipment!
More Proof. Over a recent road trip, Jessica i brought along the whole favorite Portable Fitness Equipment, a Power Push Up, Jungle Gym, TNT Cable, Power Wheel, Power Jumping rope and even the new Lifeline Kettlebell. Yes, the Lifeline Kettlebell. It’s not always a true piece of portable exercise equipment, but it is a heavier version, it still is portable and definitely is fitness equipment. On our road trip really put all of the portable exercise equipment to the test.
Could we drive over 3,000 miles & get great workouts at the same time? The answer was definitely YES!!Every hour we drove, we stopped and did a killer set with each piece of equipment. One hour we did a set of squat presses with all the TNT Cable, the next hour a killer set of chins and rows with the Jungle Gym, the following hour 100 doubles jumping rope as fast as possible, the next hour 40 snatches each arm together with the Lifeline Kettlebell. Honestly, it absolutely was amazing! Each set only took us 3 minutes! If we would get back in a vehicle we felt incredible! I was totally energized capable to go and were looking forward to the next hour along with what we would do. By the end of the day, we had without a doubt, gotten a heck of an workout and we were both tired but very satisfied in understanding that we not only can do these workouts anywhere whenever, but that working out with Portable Home fitness equipment is the best way to attain ultimate fitness.
The entire world is your Playground” workout anywhere / anytime (AA), indoors or outside!!!
Lets lay out a Backpack of Portable Home gym equipment for you to workout AA!!
1) Jungle Gym: Pure bodyweight training: chin ups (assisted to kip ups), press ups, dips, rows, flys, assisting pistols /1 the squat, leg curls, runners, core rollouts and plenty more. One machine that can do entire body training for strength & conditioning! Weight about 1.5 lbs, corresponds pocket.
2) TNT Cable: Pure strength training: squats, full extensions, cable cleans, presses, Russian twists, diagonal chops & lifts, resisted running & backpedaling, 1 arm punches, rows and lots more. Weight about 1 lb., fits in large pocket.
3) Power Jumping rope: Pure conditioning training: possibly the single best tool for overall full body conditioning. Weight 1.5 lbs, fits in pocket.
We position them all together in the Portable Monkey Bar Gym. It even includes a comprehensive training DVD.
Increase the fun to your BackPack using the following:
The Power Push-up: Voted Best part of exercise equipment by Mens Fitness. Can shift from 20 to 270 lbs of resistance for your push ups. Weight 2.5 lbs., suits backpack easily.
The Power Jumper: The Best Jump Training device on the market…and it’s portable! Receive the Jump Training DVD, it’s good. You can do all lower body exercises from it too. Athletes average 6-8″ improvements over 12 weeks of training. Weight 2.5 lbs, suits backpack too.
Some text on the Resistance Cables – 3 big points:
1) Non-Fixed ranges of movement – meaning you have to react and balance the resistance, this improves motor function and satisfaction greatly.
2) Progressive variable resistance – as cables lengthen they surge in resistance, creating a great balance as your leverage becomes greater, it will become greater!
3) Adjustable resistance – quickly you can lighten or boost the resistance. This means you can match bodyweight movements with precision resistance, can load or resist up to max loads thus giving covering all degrees of strength training from endurance to power.