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Home Workout Equipment

There are a dizzying array of options when it comes to home workout equipment, supplements, food, and health related items. This page will focus on things that we think are quality items or we’ve found in our experience to be effective at its job. Feel free to always send us any questions at TeamSweat@IlluminateSweat.com


Exercise Equipment for On-the-Go, At Home, or to even pack in your gym bag!
What are resistance bands for?
Resistance Bands, also referred to as Hip circle bands, are excellent resistance added to leg workouts and even cardio. These bands are a must for anyone getting serious about fitness. Bands can help increase mobility, strengthen the hip flexors and glutes. They also are great to keep the knees turned out when doing squats and deadlifts. Many times they are used during warm up as well to activate the hip flexors and glutes.


Different Types of Bands

Rubber Hip Circles
Want a Band that does the trick & is cost effective? These are a great starter price point.
(theres others but these will work, price point good)

Cloth Hip Circles

Resistance Bands
Oh how you can really crush a workout with these! These bands are great because they have the added benefit of adding more than one band together, for a total of 100lbs. Another benefit of resistance bands is they can replace dumbells when you want to take your workout outside or on the go.

Large Rubber Bands
These thicker rubber resistance bands are actually harder to come by. These produce great resistance – from 40-80lbs, while also preventing rolling. These thicker bands will also generally last a longer than the lighter weight rubber bands.
Multi-Band
Yall–this is cool. These adjustable fabric bands come with 3 bands, 2 fabric and a silicone band for your arms. Supermans will never be the same again! These bands also go up to a tension resistance of 240lbs. Nice.
Soft Shell Medicine Ball

Medicine Balls are a must for home workouts. These soft shell medicine balls are a great addition to any workout, and at an excellent price for the 20lb

Stability Balls
Stability Balls are essential to help you work your core and stabilizer muscles. You can make any workout more difficult by simply adding the element of a stability ball to it
Food Scale
Every fitness enthusiast needs a food scale. Measuring your food ensures you are getting the proper portions in regards to your weight and goals. Here’s our recommendation:
Yoga Mat
Need a little of your own space? We love the size of this yoga mat. Large enough to complete most workouts
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B077P1H9BL/?condition=all&colid=316AFIRIG88WU&coliid=I16SWMPJV6ZO7R&ref_=lv_ov_lig_pab
https://amzn.to/3bjwheP
Gym Step
What an amazing step. Steps can be utilized for so much in a home gym. Check out this adjustable step
Kettle Ball Converter
Wait whaaat! Kettleball converter. This is such a great tool to have for home gyms, or if you have to travel often. You do need a dumbell to insert into this in order for it to convert.
Knee Compression Wraps
We love ‘Merica and we also love our knees. So let’s take care of them both with these knee compression wraps


Supplements We Love

Supplements!


MCT OIL

If you’ve never used MCT Oil – it is a very interesting product. Medium Chain Trigylcerides also known as MCTs, are made of strings of carbon & hydrogen, and mct’s have 6-12 carbons. It is derived from coconuts (and sometime palm or butter) and is an extremely healthy fat. This fat converts to ketone bodies and basically cannot be stored. Of these, C8s (caprylic acid) have been shown to be the most effective at converting. So when you are on an extremely clean and healthy diet, adding in MCT oil provides your body with a fat for a source of energy, but whatever your body doesn’t need, it will not store. There are many studies about its positive effects on brain health, and much more. As a side note, if you’ve experienced gastro issues with MCT oils before, it’s most likely it was not majority of c8. This is why we like the products below, as it is pure to C8 MCTs


A cheaper option but will still be effective

A very in-depth article explaining Caprylic acid
https://ketosource.co/caprylic-acid-c8/

 

Macadamia oil
Yum. If you’ve ever been on a real diet… like for a real long time, you start to appreciate the real taste of things. Such as, did you know sweet potatoes are actually sweet when you have no sugars in your diets for months? Or that cabbage also have a slightly sweet flavor to it? Well Macadamia Oil is one of those luxuries in a diet. It is a monosaturated fat and is great for the heart. And your body needs fat. So pour this on something tasty (well–like a tablespoon) and enjoy natures treat.
https://www.amazon.com/Roland-Virgin-Macadamia-8-45-Ounce/dp/B008QB037K/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=macadamia+oil&qid=1586411746&sr=8-4

BCAAs
What oh what are BCAAs? BRANCH CHAIN AMINO ACIDS. Say that 5 times fast. They are made up of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. These aminos are essential, which means they must be sourced from food and your body cannot produce it. BCAA supplements are critical in any fitness regimine to not undo all that you’re working towards. BCAAs build muscle, help with recovery, and assist in fatigue & soreness. Bcaa’s are important for athletes since unlike the other essential amino acids, they are metabolized directly into muscle tissue and are the first ones used during periods of exercise/resistance training. Think you don’t need it because you’re not lifting heavy (umm women!)? You absolutely do. If this was one thing we could recommend you get as a specialty item, this would be it. Think, you want your body to burn fat and maintain that beautiful muscle you have to retain your shape. BCAAs will help you do just that by giving your body the essentials it needs to recover. Drink or take BCAAs 15 mins before workout, as well as during and after a workout. Final note about BCAAs- determine the source of these amino acids. We recommend these as it is sourced in the USA.

https://1stphorm.com/products/bcaa/?a_aid=KristenDavis

BCAA's

 

Greens:

The nutrients in cytogreens helps the body recycle energy more efficiently while exercising. You also get the dark greens and color-rich , anti-oxidant berry nutrients your body needs.  


Micro Factor Pack – Comes with Fish Oil, Optigreens, and A multivitamin
https://1stphorm.com/products/micro-factor/?a_aid=KristenDavis
Opti-Greens 50
https://1stphorm.com/products/opti-greens-50/?a_aid=KristenDavis

 

Whey Protein:

Naturally complete protein, meaning it contains all 8 of the essential amino acids required in the daily diet. It has the ideal ratio of amino acids to help improve body composition and enhance athletic performance. We recommend these 2:
Phormula 1
https://1stphorm.com/products/phormula-1/?a_aid=KristenDavis
Phormula 1 Natural
https://1stphorm.com/products/phormula-1-natural/?a_aid=KristenDavis

Multivitamin:

It is important to consume some form of multivitamin, preferably a vegetable capsule to consume your daily micronutrient needs without the calories of trying to consume them all by food. Even by eating, one would have to eat a wide array of foods to even come close to consuming daily requirements. Do not go cheap on these. One-A-Day vitamins are worthless and have very little absorption.
Micro Factor Pack – Comes with Fish Oil, Optigreens, and A multivitamin
https://1stphorm.com/products/micro-factor/?a_aid=KristenDavis
Women’s multivitamin
https://1stphorm.com/collections/womens-multivitamin/?a_aid=KristenDavis
Men’s multivitamin
https://1stphorm.com/collections/mens-multivitamin/?a_aid=KristenDavis

 

Vitamin C:

This vitamin is vital to the production of collagen (Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the substance that holds the body
together). It also helps protect the fat-soluble vitamins A and E as well as fatty-acids from oxidation. Helps boost immune system and aids in absorption of Iron.
Liposomal Vitamin C
https://1stphorm.com/products/vitamin-c/?a_aid=KristenDavis
Liposomal Vitamin D3 https://1stphorm.com/products/liposomal-vitamin-d3/?a_aid=KristenDavis

 

Digestive Enzymes:

Very effective at helping the body digest all the food you are eating. This is essential
https://1stphorm.com/products/digestive-enzymes/?a_aid=KristenDavis

 

Omega-3 Fish Oil:

Omega-3 fish oil helps decrease inflammation and some studies have shown that consuming omega-3 fish oil can improve overall cholesterol ratio. It can also promote weight loss.

https://1stphorm.com/products/full-mega/?a_aid=KristenDavis


Probiotics: Great for adding good bacteria into the body for better absorption of nutrients. They maintain the balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut microbiome.
https://1stphorm.com/products/probiotic/?a_aid=KristenDavis


Fiber:

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and may help your body absorb vital nutrients from foods. Insoluble fiber stays in its fibrous form, helps food pass through the digestive system, and adds bulk to the stool. Fiber also helps lower acidity in colon lowering chances of colon cancer. Helps have regular bowel movements and flushing out extra toxins in doing so.

Fatloss Essential Stack for Women: Has it all
https://1stphorm.com/products/fat-loss-essentials-stack-for-women?a_aid=KristenDavis

 

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