New MUST-HAVE Gym Accessories That I Love!!

Fire Team Fit Lifting Belt and Rip Toned Wrist Straps!!  Must haves for any lifter especially as you go heavier in weight and start feeling the pressure!img_0758riptoned

First I’m going to go over the Fire Team Fit Lifting Belt.
Currently retailing on Amazon anywhere from $16-$28.  Prices vary on size and color.
This is the first time I have ever used or purchased a belt and i’m amazed and immediately fell in love with it.  Day 1 using it the very first time I hit a new PR.  I primarily got this belt because I could feel as I was getting heavier in squats I was feeling back twinks from the weight… the weight was causing my form in my back to lean too far forward or back.  I’m not quite sure which, but ever since I’ve been using the belt I have 0 back pains and no problems whatsoever.  Since purchasing and using this belt I have gone up about 10-20lbs in my squats.  It helps me feel extremely secure and safe, allowing me to go heavier without being afraid as I do work out by myself.
Not to mention it is comfy and the sizing is 100% correct.  I purchased the XXS, which they call their ‘youth’ size.  I have a 23-24in waist and the XXS is advertised as (26″=29″ around navel.)   If you scroll up you can see the front overlapping a little because I am small…but the belt still works and I don’t even notice or feel any discomfort from that.  I also feel it is the perfect width and size for me since I always see some monstrous ones and i’m tiny haha.
Another reason to support Fire Team Fit is because they are a Veteran owned and operated small business.  I love supporting small businesses especially those who are military, ex-military, or the like.

Now the Rip Toned Lifting Wrist Straps.
Currently retailing for $9.97 on Amazon, varying colors as well but all the same price.
(Wish I got the camo!! I don’t think they had that when I purchased these 😦  )
The reason why these stuck out to me was because of the price, the claim that they are cotton padded, and all of the positive reviews, especially how positive out of over 2K reviews.
Another awesome thing with these is the first time when using them I hit a new PR with deadlifts!  They allow me to have amazing grip so I don’t get cut short on my reps due to losing grip at all.  These are comfortable and haven’t bothered me at all which is a nice bonus.  They are also pretty long straps, I believe this is the full dimension: (LxW) 23 1/4” X 1 1/2”

However the length doesn’t bother me or hinder anything despite being small and having smaller hands so that shouldn’t be a worry at all.  They also have a lifetime replacement warranty!  They come with a bag with a snap if you’d like to carry your straps that way but personally I just added them into my gym bag and didn’t want to worry about any additional extra-bags lol.

I really can’t say anymore great things about either of these brands.  I’m happy with my purchases and they’ve dramatically improved my performance and my growth.  Highly recommend!  Must-have gym accessories for a low cost.


What’s in my gym bag?

Use:  Padded Lifting Gloves
Schiek Platinum Womens Lifting Gloves Right now they are $29.95 on Amazon with Prime.
Mini Review:  They come with a 1-year warranty.  I’ve washed them in the washer with absolutely no wear.  They are gel-padded and I’ve had no damage or leakage.  Easily has grips at the top of the fingers to easily pull off your sweaty hands.

Use: Strong wrist support, Textured and slightly padded, grip-gloves. For Deadlifts.
Fit Active Sports Grip Lifting Gloves   $29.95 on Amazon with Prime.
Mini Review:  I like these specifically for deadlifts because it’s open on the outside of my hand allowing upmost mobility, all the while shielding a good portion of my fingers, and all of my palms (especially callus building areas), along with the option of wrapping it very tight around my wrists.  I have very small dainty wrists so I feel like this protects them when lifting heavy..  On the palm side they have added padding around each finger where calluses mostly form, and all of it is textured allowing for a better grip.  With these I am able to lift heavier than with my Schiek gloves-these slide and fall lower on my fingers due to no textured grip.

Use: Squatting while crab-walk side to side, staying in the squat form using weights.  Spri Braided Lateral Resistor Ultra Heavy.  $24.45 on Amazon, with Prime.
spriMini Review:  If you weight train Ultra Heavy resistance is the way to go.  When I purchased these and read the comments originally a lot of people were saying a lower resistance was ‘too hard’, I do not find that to be the case if you’re already used to weight training.   I like these, but then I don’t.  They get the job done, I just wish I could spread my legs further apart with them as I crab-walked.  But they do keep everything tight without having much of a stretch.

Use: Cable Abductors, Cable Adductors, Cable Kickbacks.
Fitteroy Ankle Straps with Neoprene $19.99 for the pair on Amazon, with Prime.
I have a review up on these already on my blog, feel free to search fitteroy and they should pop up!  Update: I’ve used these for like a year now and still no wear.

Use: Cushion for Squatting.  I find without this bar pad the weight just feels heavier overall, and thus harder to squat.  I’m a small person in general so maybe that’s the reason.
CAP Barbell Pad $8.99 on Amazon with Prime.
I believe I already have a review up on here about this pad, feel free to search to find it.  Update:  Been over a year or about a year now since using this- still no wear and works and looks good as new!

And gym accessories:
1) My LG Tone Plus Bluetooth
IMG_5345 2) A very new addition since Christmas.
My Atlas Wearables Wristband.
What it is: It’s THE fitness tracker for weight trainers.
I just got a big firmware update on it after my workout today (something I should’ve done before), and I just received this.  I’m going to give it some time before reviewing it.  But one thing I want to add is that this is a freshly released product, that is ever growing and ever changing.  It takes a lot of data to transform this sensor on your wrist to read your body movements, so firmware is constantly being updated and workouts are constantly being refined and added.  It’s not a 100% has-everything-product yet, but it will be.
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Fitteroy Ankle Straps with Neoprene Review

81lpjO9NAwL._SL1500_I’ve been using these for the past 3 months now, so I think I can write a really good review with them at this point.  I purchased these from amazon at $19.99 (with prime) and it comes with 2.  These are long enough to wrap around your ankle, or your shoe- depending on what you’re aiming for.  After several months of use they haven’t shown any signs of wear, perhaps some indents where the ring has pulled from doing workouts but nothing that has damaged the product.  I highly recommend these, they haven’t caused me any problems, and have kept together after loads and loads of workouts.  I use these for my cable kickbacks, abductors and adductor workouts.  The Velcro hasn’t even shown any wear at all.  These will fit with small or large ankles, and they’re only 5mm thick.  I also want to point out these are comfortable due to the neoprene lining.  It’s not uncomfortable and it doesn’t dig into your leg.  I wrap them around my shoe, or around my ankle and they work great both ways.  They stay in place and don’t budge!  There’s not much more I can say about these other than I highly recommend adding this to your workout routine if you haven’t already 🙂