I would like to make a few new purchases of equipment that are tried and true (no gimmicky or trendy pieces). I currently have dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, battling ropes, TRX, BOSU, resistance bands, hurdles, gliding discs, and barbells, and boxing gloves/mitts. Any other suggestions? (Would also like to know if anyone uses the Vipr and if it’s worth the investment). Thanks!
I would say, though, that you have quite a good amount of equipment.
But the other thing I notice you might not have is either a jump box or an aerobics step with a bunch of risers. You don’t have to just jump onto them. You can use them as a weight bench, something to sit on while isolating other muscles, feet up for decline push-ups on a stable surface, etc.
The boxes I have are cubes. One is 12 x 16 x 20 and can be used on any of those three sides and the other one I have is 18-24-30, also for use at all three heights.
Here is one example of a ViPR activity, from Michol Dalcourt’s (inventor of ViPR) lecture on training along fascial lines. 11/2/14. If you scroll down in the comments a little ways, you can see I filmed the same exercise from the back so you can the alignment of hips, lumbar spine, and shoulders.
ViPR is great for tri-planar, loaded, movement.
I’ve owned ViPRs for just under 5 years now. They’re expensive, so you’re going to want to make sure you use them if you’re going to recoup your investment. Personally, I love them. I use them in my small group CrossCore classes (CrossCore = think TRX with a pulley at the top – more versatile for exercise possibilities as well as requires more stabilizing through core). It works wonderfully paired with CrossCore because I alternate back and forth between bodyweight exercise and loaded ViPR movement.
As far as other items, I’d suggest:
CrossCore (even though you’ve already got a TRX. Look up CrossCore)
Ballast ball (by BOSU) or just get a regular resist-a-ball and put in 5-8 pounds of sand. You can use it as a “regular” resist-a-ball but it also has great properties as a weight since it’s bulky and the weight shifts. Lots of ballast ball exercises easy to find online.
Sand bells or non-bouncing slam balls.