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The Most Versatile Workout Tool You Shouldn’t Live Without. by Emily Abbate. June 19, 2018. No Comments. Resistance bands are arguably the simplest piece of exercise equipment, but simple doesn’t mean easy. Made of rubber, bands are inexpensive and come in a variety of different resistance levels from light to heavy (as well as different sizes, too) to get an amazing total-body workout.

Resistance bands are arguably the simplest piece of exercise equipment, but simple doesn’t mean easy. Made of rubber, bands are inexpensive and come in a variety of different resistance levels from light to heavy (as well as different sizes, too) to get an amazing total-body workout. The most popular types of bands are tubes with [ ]. Strictly speaking, dumbbells are not gym machines but they are one of the most versatile pieces of gym equipment you can ever use inside the confined walls of.

A rack is what allows you to get your barbell in position for most lifts. Without it, you will never be able to squat or press meaningful weight. This is especially important when training alone.

Speaking of training alone, your rack is also your spotter. “Kettlebells are some of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment you can have in your home,” says Peter Tachev, personal trainer and owner of PT Fit Camp. The workouts you can put together using a trusty kettlebell, he says, “are out of this world.”. This little dude fits right in your pocket, making it a great everyday carry survival multi-tool.

Tungsten carbide blades can hone any blade or sharp edge you need to make, well, sharper, while an emergency whistle and fire starter keep you safe and warm without having to haul out the big guns. “Also called mini bands, (resistance bands) are the cheapest and most versatile piece of equipment to have at home,” she says. These elastic bands are ideal for. Gives you some time to recover.

You should aim for 5-10secs less 500m times than your average when doing 5000m or 30min workouts. 1min sprint 1 min rest (or some variation) This would be your HIIT workout. It’s not a pre-programmed workout so you will need to go into the “new workout. Don’t cheap-out on your drill; it’s a tool you’ll rely on regularly, and you’ll thank yourself in five or ten years for spending a bit more for quality now.

Most high-quality 18v models will set you back about $100-$200. Reciprocating Saw. Image by Toolstop. Background / Why You Need It. Destruction and demolition have been man’s work.

A barbell is essential to strength training, it holds the freeweights, or sometimes the weights are attached to the ends. Pro Tip: A barbell is perhaps the most versatile out of all the gym equipment out there. You can literally do hundreds of different exercises with these iron bars.

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If I could have only one training tool, the dumbbell would be my pick.

“The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!” by Adam Campbell
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One of my most versatile, portable tools is a suspension trainer.

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These are definitely the best tools I’ve ever used to get functionally fit and strong and I will use them for the rest of my life.

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One FIT10: An easy-to-use fitness trainer that requires only a door, making it perfect for quick and highly effective home, office, or hotel workouts.

“Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life” by Ben Greenfield
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by Ben Greenfield
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I have an elliptical trainer at home, so sometimes I use that.

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Exercise bikes and ellipticals are also tools you can keep at home.

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Its portability makes it ideal for home exercise programs as well.

“Strength Band Training” by Phillip Page, Todd S. Ellenbecker
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The primary purpose of this book is to be a resource to help you learn how to perform time-efficient, effective workout programs using only one piece of equipment at a time in either a commercial fitness facility or from the comfort of your own home.

“Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple” by Pete McCall
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Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2018

There is however one piece of exercise equipment that I just recently discovered that has seriously peaked my interest.

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The most effective piece of fitness technology I’ve ever used is a notebook and pen to record my workouts.

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  • Dude i know it sounds cheesy, but who cares. Thanks to you i improved my life so much that after 18 years of beeing single i finally got a wonderful Gf. Keep up the good work you really helped me alot with your videos dude

  • Bench grinder, a guard is essential if using a wire wheel,some years ago had mishap with mind,been using it,a few days later my right arm was painful,week later it was swollen,pus discharge,went to casualty in hospital, xray revealed a wire from the wire brush in my arm,had minor surgery to remove it.

  • I just don’t understand all the different brands. I feel it’s more bang for ur buck sticking the the same battery platform, not having a dewalt circ saw, bosch drill, and rigid impact driver but that’s just me ��

  • Least expensive ocilloscope you can buy? I got my DSO ocilloscope for under $20 on aliexpress for my modular synth. Sure it’s janky but it gets the job done, plus it has serial out so you can monitor it on anything.

  • I love the “cover the brand” and then the action shot of DEWAULT just cutting along haha. Appreciate what you were doing by covering, but we all know what the brands are anyway.

  • Nice. I get a power tools from my father in low. They can cut tungsteno and they are huge, expensive annoying. hahaha.
    I prefer acurate strong cordonless, multitask tool.

  • 1. My glasses because I’m fucking blind without them
    2. Gym ofcourse you need to stay healthy
    3. Unfortunately cigarettes because I smoke
    4. Laptop because I work on it so much
    5. Chicken sauce
    6. Coffee
    7. Wrists watch
    8. Every day backpack
    9. Jeans
    10. V neck t-shirt

  • I’ve used once the official Molex tool… Honestly it was like the best crimp tool I’ve ever used but it’s clearly not worth the price

  • Quarantine project:
    Thinking about Diy arts and crafts,then i realize i need more organizers like wooden drawers,wooden organizers like paper filing,diy washi tape organizers and that’s the reason why i got here…first i need to learn about tools in making diy wooden organizers ��

  • Oh you can tape off the brand names, but we all know who’s who based solely on the color. LOL. Same works when I son was riding dirtbikes: just by the color you knew the maker.

  • So if you use a product like chassis… how does that affect a woman who’s going downtown? Mainly concerned about toxicity in situations where you can’t give it a rinse.

  • I used a Victorinox SwissChamp in almost every project I did for years. 60 bucks, and it took abuse (“unorthodox” applications for tools, molten solder dripping onto the scales) like a champ (no pun intended). I got pretty proficient at stripping wires with the scissors, and the pliers were just small enough to work with the stuff I need, like my printer hotend, through hole or large SMT components, and wires and tabs. It just got taken by the TSA, but it worked perfectly up until then. RIP

  • Hey bro, I appreciate the info in this video. I look forward to reviewing it again in the future.

    I wanted to ask you something.

    What is the shelving called that you have behind you. The wall liner with the holes to keep your tools.

    Thanks again!

  • That is a really nice router from Fest…. oh sorry no names. I forgot. Really great tutorial. You must really have a whole bunch of power tools because my drill and driver combo are from the same company and yours are from two completely different companies. Both companies make excellent power tools, but you would have to have different battery set ups for the different tools, I wish I were that lucky. Great video, thanks.

  • Yeah but if you’re gonna rely on these 5 tools, you definitely need to get a good amount of clamps and sizes to start, you covered the straight line fence.

  • Hi, what does it mean “resistive motion” I read that it’s good form if exercise for those with muscle dystrophy. Is it something like moving against a resistance (like walking in the water). Looking for a clear idea. Kindly explain if possible. Thanks

  • Thank for the great video.
    I just need an advice from you.
    I will have to do laminate flooring and I am confusing to buy either a circular saw or a jig saw.I only have the choice to buy one among the two.So what do suggest me which is more useful please.

  • Get the 7 1/4 inch saw so if you need to cut thicker 45° angles you won’t have to flip every thing over and make two cuts, because the 6 1/2 like he has, won’t go deep enough.

  • Love this video but i have one observation, these tools are for beginners and some of the terminology you use like rabbits, beginners won’t know what you are talking about

  • Probaly been said before but, what’s the point in taping over the brand….?? hahahaha, it’s painfully obvious what each brand is…..!!!! If anything it draws you even more to identifing the model:)

  • Why tape over the brand name you can clearly tell what brand they are by the color for most of them the yellow ones for example are clearly dewalt
    Edit he didn’t even tape over them in all the shots

  • Jig saw “Non straight lines”. That’s what I wanted to know, thanks! I want to rip a 7ft board and have a router+table (nope), bandsaw (nope), jigsaw (nope), miter saw (nope)… Guess I’m going buy a circular saw. Thank you for the tips on what the tools are best used for!

  • Anybody interested in getting a ton of plans for woodworking check this out

  • You can buy router bits that are the actually size of plywood thicknesses, I got a set of 3 for what I use most; 1/4, 1/2, 3/4. Size of the bits is a little under so it fits.

  • For me and my dad, I do more wood working than anything and also work with my dad on orvs dirtbikes snowmobiled ect. I use ryobi because they are relatively cheap and aren’t that bad. The impacts are a little underpowered for me but when I need it my dad has dewalt 18v and they are a better and more powerful tool. I feel having a versatile Arsenal is essential but having high quality tools that you use all the time ie impacts, drills, saws.

  • A couple of helpful hints: Try using that Ice Cube gum as a suppository. Also, if you put stuff on your “junk” that feels way too cold, try rubbing hot sauce on it.

  • why hide the brand…………anyone can tell the brand…………..1= Dewalt 2 = Bosch 3= Ridgid 4= Dewalt 5= Bosch 6= compact = dewalt, plunge = festool…………festool my god

  • You love your Weller station, but you should give something like the Hakko FX-951 or the cheaper options from Metcal a try some time. The heat response from these stations is significantly better than the Weller, making soldering on boards with copper planes so much easier. I do mod/repair/rework on a semi regular basis and I’ve been able to take on more complex work knowing I had the right tip and wouldn’t burn the board or part.

  • I have the original ( and kind of worn ) version of the Noisebridge shirt. I miss the old “crackhouse” location on Wiese street. The Mission street location was fun… and now a new place!

  • Can confirm based on my own experience, the quality and power of Rigid/AEG cordless tools are amazing but their battery technology sucks after a few months.

  • Amazing how similar my workshop is, also the hidden stuff like reflow and self built PnP. You missed recommending a bench top PSU. But for essentials I really love my Saleae Logic 16. Given my 30->40 extra years I need a magnifying headset and a jewelers loupe.
    Would also be great if you did an update with things like your ultrasonic cleaner, its use and your experiences with various flux, wicks etc.

  • Hello everyone! I decided to follow Alpha’s last words of encouragement and post the Top 10 things that I personally cannot live without and I hope this will encourage everyone else want to share theirs as well: (I will not add people like my GF or parents, because they are not things)

    1. Japanese Anime I LOVE EVERY SINGLE Japanese Anime Genre: Action, Adventure, Intellectual, Sports, Hentai, etc.
    2. Programming everything related to software programming (Java, Python, C#, etc.) I research on a daily basis to continue in my career path and become strong enough to get accepted in a strong and successful company as a Software Developer.
    3. Alpha’s Channel I watched every single video he ever posted!! This man is my hero and mentor in life!
    4. Mobile Game Apps especially anime-based RPG games. Google Play Store is like my best friend!
    5. Maoam Pinballs these are like my greatest vice and cannot live one day without buying a bag of them and eating them!
    6. Coca-Cola once again going for my greatest vices and in this case, this is my beverage vice I might be sugar dependent!
    7. Chinese Food Due to my girlfriend’s influence in my life, I became dependent to eating a ridiculous variety of Chinese Foods: Bento lunch boxes, Curry Rice, ALL Dishes of Noodles imaginable and MY MOST FAVOURITE OF THEM IS KIMCHI I add it on my rice, on my chicken, everything!!!
    8. Anime Music Videos (AMVs) this one is about anime videos that are combined with music. Reason why it is only in 8th place is because I cannot lately find one that has a song that fits the scenes and action or the story as well as I prefer. I love AMVs with Rock-songs specifically.
    9. Doing couple quizzes with my girlfriend I like having to keep and nurture my relationship with my girlfriend and we play these games sometimes where we ask each other new questions where we find out about new passions, things that upset us about each other, etc.
    10. My stuffed character Elizabeth this is a stuffed character from the anime Gintama that I love sleeping with and sometimes I talk to it when having a problem about something or with someone I always talk with Elizabeth because it (I don’t know its gender) is a better listener than ANYBODY in my life, including my parents or girlfriend!:))))))))))))))

    And that’s it! My top 10 in that particular order! Hope you guys can now have the courage to post your favourite things as well!:))

  • I think the difference between you and me are: 1) Budget. 2) Equipment 3) Proximity to good old American machinery. 4) Knowledge and experience and time available to acquire same. Otherwise we are identical, except I don’t say “gross” as often ��. I’d love to have a shop like yours…especially your Monarch lathe… Is it really as quiet as it sounds on camera? Anyways, I enjoy your videos…thanks.

  • 3D printers have completely changed the way I prototype. Instead of limiting my design to what materials I have, the only limit is my CAD skills.

  • Beginner wood workers Do not waste your money on so many tools until u really need them for big jobs or u get better. U do not need that many tools for wood working been doing it for years my self. Safety glasses and face mask really good idea

  • Super late to the party here, but great video. I’d recommend a good logic analyser to help debug i2c and SPI comms right on your PC. Saleae seem to be really expensive now, but the original saleae logic is still a lifesaver for me when I’m trying to debug comms issues.

  • I have the same scope and multimeter. It is fairly easy to DIY an infrared-serial cable for the multimeter, should you need one. Also printing something similar to the vice should be easy.

  • I don’t think these are the right tools. Drill for sure is necessary but a jigsaw or circular saw are both dangerous and a beginner does not have skills to use the and cut accurately. Correct me if I’m wrong. I have no experience in woodworking and theses tools will not give me what I want: being able to cut straight and 90 angles

  • Alpha, try Next Level t-shirts from a site like Tshirtwholesalers. Noticed a lot of athletic companies use these shirts as their base and they fit fantastically, especially for more muscular guys. About half the price of the J Crew t-shirts as well.

  • Great video! I didn’t realise resistance training came in so many different forms! As someone who is trying to generally get in better shape, overcome health problems and improve/correct bad posture, I really appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into your vids! Thanks so much!:)

  • Check out platformio. It’s almost as easy as arduino ide but lets you use any text editor you like. Theres a great plugin for vscode.

  • I would avoid the big cordless sets, as they always include a lot of stuff you don’t really need. Your circular saw and jigsaw don’t need to be cordless.You should also plan early on to buy a shop vac with a GOOD upgraded filter and a cyclone separator. I would get a table saw as #2 or 3, and you only need a jig saw if you’re making something that requires curves. I don’t use it much, so I would just get a cheap one.

  • That Genie lift is an invauable item to move heavy things around the shop & save your back. I recently picked up a very old hydraulic version for AU$200.00.

  • Hi there, great channel. Thank you for the awesome tips and hints, they
    were really helpful to mel. I was wondering if you have heard of this
    beginner woodworking program before?
    It looks like a great program to help people start with woodworking.
    I was just looking into some options before I make my decision.

    Cheers, keep up with the great work:-)

  • enjoy your channel just wish every video wouldn’t be some sort of paid advertisement or sponsored product you are trying to sell us on

  • Hi Aplha, I have been looking trough your videos to get some knowledge about losing fat. I was looking on wanting to buy quadracarn and CLA. Now when i was looking, i sadly discovered that the one’s that you mention in your videos don’t get deliverd in The Netherlands. Do you maybe know a way how i still can get these monsters?

  • Very nice clean shop! I’m jealous…..For item 10..I would add large sink, like a deep laundry type, not really a tool but sure handy. Most of my parts cleaning these days done with soap and water, much kinder to the body.
    Enjoyed…and agree on bench vice as 1, Thanks

  • I love my omnivises, but you can buy smaller magenetic pcb bites for cheaper, good alternatives. One thing I would add, get a bootlace, ferrule crimp kit. Lifechanging, lets you put ends on any wire you need to put in a terminal block, also makes it much safer for high voltage connections.

  • Cool list. For Arduino IDE, you should consider using VS Code with PlatformIO plugin. It’s a way to do everything on the same IDE.

  • nice shop you have there Aaron and also seems very organized. enjoy yoyr chanel and your content. looking forward to more of your good videos. thanks.

  • Hi Aaron (not AvE), meet you at the Bash last year. Could not go this year but watched it on the live feed. Looking forward to your upcoming video’s.

  • 1. Bible
    2. Phone
    3. Airpods
    4. Pete and Pedro Putty
    5. Glock
    6. Dumbbells
    7. Glasses
    8. Basketball
    9. Double-stuffed Oreos
    10. Pocket knife

  • I agree with your Starbucks comment and I had the Pixel and Pixel 3 then I switched to IPhone 11 Pro cause Pixel’s battery life sucks!

  • Yo alpha! Haha bro you crack me up everytime! �� I agree spicy hot sauce is what I live for and I sometimes to pretend about being on the show. But the chassis stuff I gotta try it out! Btw I have a pixel as well great phone! Keep up the great work ��

  • Pro tip, to maximize your manliness, buy BRC. Starbucks makes you look like a hipster douchebag, while Black Rifle make you look like someone who knows the difference between pump-action and bolt-action.

  • My Nike Killshot 2’s!! Basic white leather. Yellow gum sole. And a sleek classic swoosh. A little bit retro. A little bit kid at heart. A whole lotta style. Def gotta have my Killshots! Blue swoosh. Black swoosh. Red swoosh. Green swoosh. Gotta have ‘em all!

  • Very helpful tips, i’m a graphic designer but i also like to learn wood working in my free time. Gonna buy these tools in the list.

  • The music at the beginning cracks me up. It reminds me of the 70’s shopping competition’s they had on the old tv. Cracks me up every time brilliant ��

  • If you are a beginner… don’t buy battery power tools, just please don’t, just the drill, and everything else corded, no need por batteries if you are just using at home, plus they’re cheaper and more powerful, last much longer, other thing is that battery powered tools depend on the battery you use, and most of the time the batteries that come with the tool are weak, and you most likely need to buy a more powerful battery, so just save yourself money and time and just buy corded (drill is the only exception)

  • All the tools that you definitely need (to start as a beginner) are only drill, circular saw, and a sander, the other tools he mentioned are just extras, for fancy stuff, not needed, you can smooth edges with sand paper, no need for a router, and the jigsaw… just if you want to do circles, pretty much the only thing it is good for, and that’s it, 3 things, saw, drill, sander and you are good to go

  • Nice video man! I agree for the most part, but is a router needed for a beginner? Maybe a multitool or dremel would be a bit better suited for a beginner. Cheers bro

  • I have seen yours almost all videos
    Honestly says that I have improved my life thanks to you
    If I have tools like yous seen here I think it will help me more but I can buy this thinks
    I am big fan off yours
    Love from Bangladesh

  • Great video

    spicy about come 2 Malaysia after the whole world is heal.from breakfast to supper u can get all the kind of spiciness.

  • This was awesome! I too love that GQ series. I actually had an idea to film a like series My Essentials of my friends, in that GQ-like setting. Obviously, I’ll have to put that project on hold for a while, but thanks to seeing yours, I can at least film mine at home while I wait. As always, great job keep rockin! -Rusty.

  • I just have to say, I have a good friend that has a body shop, his tool box was a two pieces STACKON and every tool had made in china on it, he has since upgraded his box and tools, now that he is nearing retirement….and he’s now a multimillionaire…just saying..!!

  • What’s crazy is everything in his got to have list is the exact same things I have got to have even down to the shades and boots.The only thing that isn’t is the cool balls powder ������