Earlier this year, a magazine editor contacted me hoping that I would contribute to an article by naming my favorite exercise tool. As mentioned before, I responded to the question by describing a pair of homemade wheels that I use for core training. Unfortunately, the magazine wasn’t interested in my homemade tools so my old wheels didn’t get any press.
Six months later, I received an almost identical request from another online magazine. This time I was asked to share some valuable power training exercises. Sticking to form, I replied by describing a few low-tech tools that I’ve had success with over the years. To no surprise, the magazine wasn’t interested in my ideas and requested something that was “more mainstream” for their target audience. I didn’t bother replying as I’ve always prioritized results over popularity. The tools that you’ll see below have always produced results. Therefore, I won’t lose sleep over the fact that they aren’t considered mainstream enough for an online magazine.
In the two videos below, you will see four exercises. First, you will see tire flips and throws with what I describe as a throwing bag (115 pounds).
Next, you’ll see me working with a homemade medicine ball (25 pounds) and a homemade tornado ball (27 pounds).
Each of these inexpensive tools have been featured in a previous entry on this blog. The combined cost of the four tools is next to nothing. The tire was free. The throwing bag is just an old Naval sea bag that that is filled and wrapped in duct tape. The medicine ball and tornado ball are both old basketballs that are filled with sand.
Fortunately, the cost of these items is irrelevant when considering their value. Each has proven to be extremely effective and durable throughout several years of repeated use. It’s also nice that these tools can be used in small area. You don’t need a huge facility to develop power and explosiveness.
Speaking as a coach, my success depends on my ability to improve my athletes. No one cares about the cost of the tools we use. Whether we train in a state of the art facility or in the middle of the desert, what ultimately matters is whether or not I can produce results. It’s the end product that matters. Not the cost of the tools that were used to create that product.
With that in mind, don’t be fooled by the marketing powers who jack up the prices of certain products to increase their perceived value. I’ve been coaching athletes for longer than most and can say without question that some of the best tools I’ve ever used were free to acquire or construct.
Value entails much more than dollars and cents. The four movements seen above are prime examples of this simple premise. Each exercise is effective, can be performed in tight quarters, and will not require a significant investment. In my eyes, that is true value.
“It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you.” – Tony Robbins