5 Pieces of Gym Equipment You Must Use

If you are a golfer and you are locking yourself into machines and not diversifying your workouts you could be doing more damage than good. Machines lock you into place and take away the challenge of stability. When you swing a golf club you are challenging the stability of all the parts of your body to be able to transfer power through the kinetic chain. If you want to improve you golf swing through fitness you need to train the same way. Here are some pieces of equipment and a few exercises with each that can be used to increase strength, power, and/or mobility.

Barbell –
This goes without saying but you have to learn to use one of these to get the best results. Barbells allow you to put a very heavy load on your body which requires a great deal of core activation. The greatest athletes spend a great deal of time using this piece of equipment to become stronger.

Exercises include:
Squat
Barbell Hip Bridge
Deadlift

​Dumbbells –
These go along the same lines as the barbell. These require even more stabilization by your body. You have to stabilize your shoulders even when performing a dumbbell bench press as compared to a barbell bench press. This can also be a great piece of equipment to help prepare your body for using equipment like the barbell.

Exercises include:
Single Arm Bent Over Row
Lateral Raises
Single Arm Single Leg Romanian Deadlift

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​Exercise Bands –
Bands can be a change from the normal. Whereas equipment like dumbbells maintain the amount of resistance against you throughout the range of motion and band becomes more difficult the more it is stretched. Bands can be great for use as a warm up or as a finisher.

Exercises include:
External Rotation
Pallof Press
Lateral Band Walk

​TRX –
Suspension trainers are very popular around the world right now. They have multitude of uses. These can be used to help balance people as they do moves they aren’t used to. It can also be a great way to challenge your core and much more. This can also be a great tool for stretching. A quick search of the internet and you will find many different uses, with new ideas are coming out all the time.

Exercises include-
TRX Row
TRX Lateral Lunges
TRX Mobility

​Physioball –

You will see these at all gyms. It is a big ball full of air. You may see some people just sitting on it. You may even see these behind people’s desks at work, it can be great to help your low back from sitting at a desk all day. These move and change the stability below you during your workout. Using these instead of a normal bench at the gym can be a great way to change up your routine, just make sure you lower the weight you are used to using to make sure you have the balance to handle the weight.

Exercises include:
Leg Curl
Plank
Knee Tuck

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