Category Archives: exercise equipment

Exercise-Avoidance Excuse Of The Month: June 2021

I’M GOING ON VACATION

Solution # 1: Most Hotels Have Stretch Areas, Cardio Equipment, Weight Machines, And Dumbbells

Solution #2: Bring Easy-To-Pack Portable Exercise Equipment Such As Bands, Tubes, TRX, or Medicine Ball

Solution #3: Learn A Bodyweight Exercise Routine That Doesn’t Require Equipment


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Equipment Of The Month: Agility Dots

EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTH: Agility Dots

CATEGORY: Speed, Agility, Balance

HOW TO USE IT: Non-slip flat disks, for use on smooth indoor surface.  

PORTABILITY: Available in sets of 6, 10 or 12 dots.  Each dot is 10″ in diameter.  Dots are lightweight and portable.  Toss in a carry bag, or on car seat.

BENEFITS:  Improve balance and range of motion.  Suitable for any level of fitness, including older adults.   Price: around $25.00 for 1 set of 10 disks.  Larger sets range $30.00 to $40.00.  

TYPE OF WORKOUT: Hops, jumps and balance drills.  For increased challenge, use more than 1 set, and/or combine with Agility Ladders and Rings.  Excellent for seniors who want to improve balance.


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Equipment Of The Month: Sandbells

EQUIPMENT TYPE: Sandbells are sandbags with a built-in handle that enables the user to use a firm grip. Sandbells range in weight from 2 lbs. up to 50 lbs.

HOW TO USE SANDBELLS: Use a Sandbell the same way you would use other free weights. You can perform similar exercises as with a dumbbell, kettlebell or medicine ball. Sandbells are very safe.

WORKOUT: The Sandbell is harder to control than a medicine ball, because of its unpredictable movement, making it a good choice for core workouts. It also challenges grip strength.

PORTABILITY: Because it’s bulky, and unwieldly, the Sandbell isn’t something you can throw in your pocket, carry bag, or suitcase.

DURABILITY: If the bag gets damaged, sand leaks out. There are pros and cons to every type of equipment. Eventually everything you use, will wear out, and will have to be replaced.

COST: Sandbells cost between $12.00 up to $100.00 or more, depending on size and quality.


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.