Club AKA Equipment
At Club AKA we use a wide variety of equipment to keep the workouts challenging and exciting. You'll see descriptions of some of equipment we use below. Let's have some fun!
Some of the benefits of mixing up your exercise routine a little :
- Break Through a Weight-Loss Plateau
- Prevent Overuse Injuries
- Build New Muscles
- Beat Workout Boredom
- Help Keep Your Brain Healthy
- Meet New Workout Partners
- Get Excited About Exercise Again
Equipment at Club AKA
- Bands : Resistance bands are elastic, stretchy bands that let you add light strength training to your exercise routine anywhere, anytime.
- Barbell: A long metal bar to which disks of varying weights are attached at each end, used for the lifts defined below.
- Box : A big wooden box you jump onto and down from repeatedly
- Dumbbell (DB) : A short bar with a weight at each end, used typically in pairs.
- Kettlebell (KB) : The kettlebell is a cast-iron or cast steel weight (like a cannonball with a handle) used to perform many types of exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training, typically in a swinging motion.
- Pullup Bar : A horizontal bar mounted on the wall, from which you can do pull-ups - an exercise involving raising yourself with your arms by pulling up against bar fixed above your head.
- Rings : Two rings hanging from ropes. To do a body row with the rings, grip the rings and lean back until your arms are straight. Keep your body straight and pull your chest up towards the rings as high as you can. Pause briefly at the top of the exercise and then slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position. Repeat.
- Ropes : Long heavy ropes. Grasp one end of the rope in each hand so that your palms face each other. Bend knees slightly, brace your core, and move both arms up and down rapidly, creating waves in the rope.
- Rowing Machine: An exercise machine with a sliding seat and a pulley, used to strengthen the muscles used in rowing.
- Skipping Rope : Just like the one you used when you were a kid - with an optional twist. While jumping rope, try allowing the rope to pass under your feet twice while you’re still in the air (this is a Double Under, or DU). As an alternative, you can do three single unders for every DU that is required (e.g. 20 DUs = 60 SUs).
- Wall Balls: Large, heavy solid medicine balls. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, your shoulders pulled back and down, and a medicine ball held at chest height with your elbows under the ball. Keep your weight over your heels with your knees tracking your toes, and squat. Drive through your heels on the way up, using hip action to throw the ball into the wall. Catch it on the rebound, and repeat.