The Best Fitness Accessories of 2018
Details matter when it comes to keeping workouts fresh.
Vans Slide On Sandals ($30)
Molded footbeds provide ample arch support for all-day comfort, but who are we kidding? Vans’ classic checkerboard pattern is the real draw here, and a source of street cred as you stroll to and from a lap-pool workout.
FitDeck Cards ($15)
Talk about oblique strategies. Each of the 56 cards included here illustrate a different body-weight exercise, from burpees to bicycle crunches, and there are rep suggestions for a range of fitness levels. After mastering the body-weight pack, deal in others focused on plyometrics or kettlebell exercises.
Metolius Rock Rings 3D Holds ($30)
Pull-ups are the ultimate exercise for working the upper body. These portable climbing holds take it to the next level, turning the standard move into a feat of grip strength. Start at the top and work your way down through progressively narrower finger holds.
Rogue SR-1 Bearing Speed Rope ($32)
Not all jump ropes are created equal. Ditch your schoolyard relic for the adjustable SR-1, which lets you dial in the length of the nylon-coated steel cable. Solid handles and a smooth-spinning bearing system allow for even rotation. Double unders have never been this easy.
Serious Steel Band Set ($14)
Add resistance to body-weight movements with these three natural latex bands, which add as much as 80 body-toning pounds to your exercises. Use the lighter strap for agility training and mobil-ity work, and the heavier one for strength conditioning. Throw in the optional hip and glute band ($20) during strides and squats to target your backside and abductor muscles.
Sklz Hydro-Roller Bottle ($25)
You need to hydrate, and you need to roll out sore muscles. You can do both (and save precious space in your gym bag) with this stainless-steel water bottle. It holds 28 ounces of Gatorade, water, or whatever, and pulls double duty as a recovery tool, thanks to the patterned foam wrap.