IN THE GYM: GEAR TRAIN & RECOVER AT HOME
VYPER Recovery Roller
Foam rollers are high density foam tubes that help break up knots and increase blood flow when you roll across them. So if it’s just a foam tube, why does this one cost 200 bucks? Because the motor inside the Hyperice VYPER is so powerful it could rattle the fillings out of your teeth. Turn it on to make it vibrate and get a poor man’s deep tissue massage as your roll your soreness away.
A lot of commercial gyms offer a dozen medicine ball variations, but if you had to pick one to buy for your home gym, it should be a Dynamax. The large but not-quite-unwieldy med ball is soft and offers moderate rebound for wall shots and floor slams and the durable hide is water and scuff resistant. All balls, ranging from 4 pounds up to 20, are 14 inches in diameter—a perfect size for classic moves like med ball situps and Russian twists as well as CrossFit moves like wall-ball shots.
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Don’t get us wrong; this little gadget is not going to take the place of real cardio that makes you sweat. However, with so many Americans working desk jobs, anything you can do to keep the blood flowing and the heart pumping at even a moderate pace will do you a world of good. This desk cycle fits easily under most desks so you can pedal while you work; it can also be placed on your desk or a tabletop to be used as a hand cycle.