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Training To Go How to select the best equipment for training on the move. By Dustin Maher The house the carpenter builds is only as good as the tools and the materials with which he has to work. It is vitally important that we bring along the right tools in order to be the best trainer and best instructor we can be. Just like the carpenter has specific tools for specific jobs, so too does a trainer. Not having the right tools won’t get the job done, or in our case, will not get results for our clients, or it will leave them bored or cost us a lot of money. I started Fit Fun Boot Camps a little over two years ago, and now with 11 locations, 14 different boot camp times and close to 300 boot campers, making sure I have the right equipment is vitally important. Whether you are doing in-home training, boot camps, semi-private training, corporate boot camps or a variety of other types of training, there are some factors you must take into consideration when purchasing equipment. Space: Most of the time, you will have to transport the equipment to and from locations using a car or truck. Selecting equipment that is lightweight and portable and doesn’t take up much space is vitally important. I learned this lesson the hard way last year, when I was carrying about 300 pounds worth of dumbbells and kettlebells in the trunk of my Ford Taurus. She wasn’t too happy about this and decided to break a rear shock coil. I now require all of my boot campers to bring their own set of dumbbells that weigh between 10 and 25 pounds, as well as their own mat. Equipment that I love to have in my car because it is lightweight and compact: TRXs, bands, cones, rings, ladders, jump ropes, hurdles and medicine balls. Medicine balls are ok but do weigh a lot if you have more than 10 in the trunk, and they also take up a good amount of space, but I find having them really gives variety that my clients love. Cost: When looking for equipment, I want to find things that don’t cost a lot but will last a long time. I have learned the hard way that the cheapest isn’t always the best, but spending more for the best can also be impractical. I love the TRX, but some could argue that it costs a lot of money. If I were to experience? There is some equipment that might not be necessary for a baby boomer population but essential to an elite athlete. Clientele: Who are these workouts for? What is their fitness level and 20 | august- september 2010 | http://WWW.FIT-PRO.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Personal Fitness Professional - August/September 2010

Personal Fitness Professional - August/September 2010
Letter from the Editor: Get Creative!
Be Better
Our Readers Know Best
Treadmill Talk
Nutrition Solutions
The Spirt of Yoga
The Balancing Act
Journey to Success Dr. John Spencer Ellis
Keeping up with Kettlebells
Training to Go
To Supplement Or Not to Supplement
Events Calendar
Product Profile: 3D GRAVITY
New on the Market

Personal Fitness Professional - August/September 2010