These are the tools I recommend to help you get fitter, stronger and look and feel better than you ever thought possible. These tools helped me lose 75 pounds in 6 months and fight depression without antidepressants at the same time. They changed my life. My results are not special, they will do the same for you.
Body Composition Scales
Weight Gurus Smart Body Composition Scale – Knowing your scale weight, BMI, and body fat percentage is the first step to achieve your ideal body weight and composition. The best way to stay conscious of your weight loss and fitness progress is to weigh yourself daily. If you do not, you might get sloppy and regain 40 pounds like I did here.
Conair Body Composition Scale – The Conair Scale does not have bluetooth connectivity like Weight Gurus. The Conair Scale let me know that I was over 270 pounds. I knew I was ‘big’, just not that big. I still use the Conair today at 170 pounds to keep myself in check.
Start Moving 30 Minutes Every Day
Fitbit Wrist Band with Heart Rate Monitor – I wear this just about every day to remind me to get moving and get 10k steps/5 miles of walking, and moving around. Never sit all day! I also use the stopwatch for reducing workout times and seeing how long it takes to do 100 pushups. This is a great tool!
Barbell for Squats, Deadlifts, Bench Press and More
Body Solid Oly Power Bar 7ft Chrome Oympic Barbell – the essential barbell for weight training to get and stay fit.
CAP Premium Bumper Plates – I am a big fan of bumper plates because their lighter weight and correct height are so useful for learning to deadlift with proper form.
Ader Fitness Olympic Fractional Plates – Fractional plates are helpful to gradually increase your squat, bench and deadlift weight. Instead of adding 10 or more pounds, add 2.5 or 5 pounds. Good for safety and getting progressively stronger.
Quick Release Barbell Clamps
Greententljs 2 Inch Barbell Clamps Quick Release Collars Pair Locking 2″ Pro Olympic – safety first, you must always secure your plates on the barbell to prevent injury to yourself and others. Having an extra pair is handy in a gym as well.
Squat and Deadlift Shoes
You need a hard sole shoe for squats and deadlifts for best stability. Never wear compressible sole running shoes for deadlifts or squats.
The best squat and deadlift shoe options in 2018 are the Nike Metcon 4 Training Shoe , Reebok Crossfit Nano or Chuck Taylor All Stars. As of today, Nike Metcon 4 are my favorite squat and deadlift shoes.
- You can see the middle of your foot for the deadlift setup.
- Deadlift socks are allowed in USA powerlifting competitions while deadlift pants are not.
Deadlift Shin Guards
Squat and Deadlift Weight Lifting Belt
Deadlift Support Weight Lifting Belt – this belt ensures your back, abs and entire core are evenly stabilized for extra power and strength, especially for deadlifting heavier weights.
Deadlift Wrist Straps
Rip Toned Wrist StrapsRip Toned Wrist Straps – the only training straps endorsed by 2014 World Champion Powerlifter Kevin Weiss. Eliminate grip strength fatigue from getting in the way of your deadlift progress.
Heavy Duty Mat for Deadlifts
XMark Fitness XMat Ultra Thick Equipment Mat – you may need a heavy duty mat to protect your floor.
Dead Wedge Deadlift Jack
Power Rack for Squats
Power Rack – Squats are one of the most powerful exercises to change your body from fat to fit. If you are going to squat, you must use a power rack. Especially if you are lifting alone, and even if you have a spotter. Safety first, because if you get hurt, there goes your body transformation. To squat safely, you need to use a power rack at the gym or your own Power Rack in your basement or garage like this one which has many excellent reviews.
Basic Barbell Training Book
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd Edition – my favorite weight training book to learn the essential powerlifting and strength training lifts; deadlift, squat, bench press and how to lift with correct form and successful progressive resistance training.
Barbell Training Book for Runners and Athletes
Underground Secrets To Faster Running Paperback – November 2, 2005 by – High school phenomenon and Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix used this strength training system to run the fastest 200 meters in the world in 2003. Based upon physiology and physics, it incorporates the most recent studies in running mechanics. This training program will dramatically increase running speed, jumping height and muscle power for all athletes. If you are not familiar with Allyson Felix or her deadlifting prowess and how it helped her become an Olympic athlete, read this article.
Body and Life Transformation Books
The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss. While I do not subscribe to all of the meal plan, for example, eliminating oatmeal, nevertheless, there are many excellent ideas presented, such as the minimum effective dose. The 4 Hour Body is an excellent and fun read.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by “Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration. I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.” – Tim Ferris
Crossing the Bridge From Depression to Life Are you stuck in depression? Have you experienced the trauma of a divorce, estrangement or career loss? Do you feel like you have lost everything, including the will to live? Crossing the Bridge From Depression to Life takes you on a journey from broken and despondent to a healthier, happier, more productive life.