Weight Room Gear Guide

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Improve your speed and quicks. Use the parachute for resistance speed training, and run quick-feet drills through the speed ladder and mini cones. SPARQ Speed Discs, $15; SPARQ Parachute, $50; SPARQ 6-Rung Speed Ladder, $40, sparqstore.com

Med balls are great for power and core training; jump ropes are great for warming up— and much more. Everlast Jump Rope, $13; Everlast 9-Pound Medicine Ball, $45, everlast.com

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Improve your speed and quicks. Use the parachute for resistance speed training, and run quick-feet drills through the speed ladder and mini cones. SPARQ Speed Discs, $15; SPARQ Parachute, $50; SPARQ 6-Rung Speed Ladder, $40, sparqstore.com

Med balls are great for power and core training; jump ropes are great for warming up— and much more. Everlast Jump Rope, $13; Everlast 9-Pound Medicine Ball, $45, everlast.com

Dwight Howard uses them. Why shouldn't you? The Perfect Pushup, $40, perfectpushup.com

Core work. Balance training. Ankle stability. Bosus have tons of uses. Bosu Ball, $60-$80 [depending on size], bosu.com

Improve your grip on the bar without wearing gloves, which usually don't even pad the right parts of your hands. Lynx Performance Grips, $15/pair, lynxpt.com


Staying properly hydrated is key; so keep a water bottle with you all the time. N-Gen Water Bottle, $10.25, nalgene.com

Write down your goals and track your progress toward achieving them with this training-specific notebook. Workout Log by Joe Oliver, $10, amazon.com

Keep an eye on your distance, pace and heart rate all at once. Garmin Forerunner 405, $320, buy.garmin.com


Weak back? Prevent hurting it during heavy lifts with a training belt. Nike Structured Training Belt, $30, nike.com



Headphones that stay where you put them. Finally. Nike Vapor Headphones, $30, nike.com; Apple iPod, $80-$380 [depending on GB size], apple.com

Stop sweat from stopping you. Under Armour Sweatbands, $8-$18 [depending on style], underarmour.com

Need 15-, 25- and 50-pound dumbbells for this workout? Try the Power Block—an all weights-in- one dumbbell. Power Block Dumbbells, $130 - $1,050 [depending on weight], powerblock.com

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