As a personal trainer you’ll be training people not just in a gym, but outdoors and in homes. This means you’re going to need equipment that you can easily transport when you’re out training different clients. Your personal trainer equipment is gong to need to be cost effective, suitable for a variety of different clients of all abilities, durable and compact.
It can be a challenge to find equipment that is going to suit all those needs, so we’ve done the hard work for you and found 10 must have pieces of personal trainer equipment.
Dumbbells are incredibly popular; a study done in 2011 showed that 97% of personal training studios offered them. Small enough to be able to fit in your car and transport about, they’re inexpensive and great for many different exercises and help to tone just about every muscle. Dumbbells are also great to help motivate clients as clients can see their progress, as their weights get heavier the closer they get to their goals.
Use for: Bicep Curls
How to: Holding one dumbbell in each hand, raise both arms until they reach shoulder height, then after a pause, lower them back down. Make sure you’re standing straight and not jerking your body to help lift the weights.
Training may be tough with kettlebells but the results are worth it, and although clients may hate them, they’re great for incorporating into different workouts. Not just used for lifting exercises, they’re good for swinging movements too and are really useful to help increase flexibility. Kettlebells are small and easily transportable too, making them an essential piece of personal training equipment.
Use for: Kettlebell High Pull
How to: Standing with feet shoulder width apart place the kettlebell on the ground between both legs and begin to squat, gripping the kettlebell with one hand. Using the force from the hips, start to stand, pulling the kettlebell upwards with the elbow pointing upwards. Lower back down and switch arms.
3. Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are great as personal trainer equipment pieces as they are incredibly lightweight and very easily transportable, making them a great substitute for weight lifting equipment, which would be too difficult to transport about. Available in a variety of different resistance levels, from easy-to-stretch to much more difficult, they can be used by a variety of different clients for some great resistance training exercises.
Use for: Front Squat
How to: Stand on the band with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders. With each hand holding a handle, bring the top of the band over each shoulder, securing in place by crossing your arms at your chest. Next, go down into a squat position, chest up, pressing you knees out over your toes. Rise to starting position and repeat.
4. Medicine Balls
There are many benefits to using medicine balls and they come in all weights, sizes and densities, meaning you can select a variety of different medicine balls that should cover most of your clients needs. They’re really useful for adding versatility to your client sessions and making them more interesting. Medicine balls are useful for strength, fitness, reaction, flexibility and body coordination and are small enough to be easily transportable making them great as personal trainer equipment.
Use for: Balancing Burpee
How to: Start with your feet hip-width apart and the ball at your chest. Squat down and place the ball on the floor, with arms extended. Place your hands on top of the ball. Jump into full plank position, still balancing on the ball, bracing your abs to help with the balance. Next, jump your feet back in into a squat position, and then quickly stand up with the ball overhead. Repeat.
5. Stability Balls
These large, inflatable rubber items are perfect for core strengthening and balance training. Perfect for all clients whatever their age, stability balls are very useful for a variety of different training types, from strength training to stretching. Although a bit larger than the other types of equipment, if your car is large enough these are very useful pieces of personal training equipment to have with you.
Use for: Standing Plank
How to: Start with one leg extended behind, resting the elbows and forearms on the ball. Step the other leg back so your feet are together. Hold the position for as long as possible. For an extra tough workout, try this with straight arms, or with a wobbly stability ball which will help give the shoulders and arms an even tougher workout.
With the ability of being used as a kettlebell or double grip medicine ball, a sandball is a very versatile piece of personal trainer equipment. Designed to be slammed and thrown, a sandball is incredibly strong and is easily adjustable (just change the amount of sand in the ball), allowing it to be useful for all clients.
Use for: Reaching Romanian Deadlift
How to: Standing on your right leg, hold the sandball in both hands. Bend your right knee slightly, hinging forward at the hips and extending the left leg straight back with your arms out in front of you. Return the leg to the floor and repeat, before switching legs.
7. Skipping rope
A simple piece of equipment, a skipping rope can give clients a fantastic workout in just 10 minutes and is useful for developing hand-eye coordination. Cost effective and small enough to be able to carry about, skipping ropes are great investments. They’re also useful to give to clients to take home, so they have no excuse for not doing workouts when you’re not there.
Use for: Simple Skipping Exercises
How to: Get your client to skip with the skipping rope for 10 minutes for a great cardio warm-up.
This might not be a piece of exercise equipment, but is essential for all personal trainers. As a personal trainer, you’re likely to be working in different environments. Having a good piece of flooring, even if it’s just a mat that can be rolled up and transported about, will be useful to have. Flooring is important for safety and performance. If you’re working outside, a good mat will be useful for clients to have something to sit on if they’re working on the floor.
Again, a stopwatch isn’t exactly a piece of exercise equipment, but is so important for personal trainers. Allowing you to accurately time clients, a stopwatch is an essential piece of equipment that you as a personal trainer should own, particularly if you do any kind of interval training.
10. Weight scales
If your client is looking for weight loss, you’re going to need a good pair of scales so you can track your client’s progress. Scales are small and can be transported easily so is definitely a piece of equipment worth investing in.