Well, Christmas is over and the new year is looming. For many of us (myself included), that means setting fitness goals for 2013. It can be hard to make it to the gym this time of year; we just had a blizzard, not all gyms offer childcare, and a gym membership may not be in your budget. We can’t afford to join a gym right now, so I am always looking for ways I can work out at home.


I had an awesome opportunity to try out some unique workout tools recently, and I am sharing those items today on IndyStyle with the lovely Annessa Chumbley. If you missed the segment this morning, you can watch it online. Big thanks to Candace and West 86th Street Hair Designs for making my hair look much cuter than it normally does! Here’s some more information about these great products, including links to find where you can purchase them yourself. Thank you IndyStyle for making me feel so welcome – I had a great time sharing these products and I hope you love them as much as I do.


AquajoggerAquajogger – The Aquajogger is a fantastic in-water exercise system that comfortably suspends you at shoulder level in deep water allowing you to breathe normally and move freely while performing a wide variety of water exercise. The Aquajogger components allow the person working out to determine the level of resistance they want for their leg and arm motions, ranging everywhere from very low, approximating a walk, to very strenuous, similar to a full-body fitness machine workout only without the joint discomfort and machinery. Makes low-impact, in-water exercise much more enjoyable, effective and beneficial. Starts at $44.95.


ePulse2ePulse2 – The ePulse2 is the world’s first strapless, armband continuous heart rate monitor, pedometer and calorimeter.  ePulse2 is the first device to make this technology practical and convenient for anyone who exercises or is interested in tracking calories burned or monitoring heart rate or step counting while conducting any type of activity from running to walking or simply doing daily chores.  Included features are continuous heart rate and exercise calories burned tracking, target heart rate zones, exercise time, stop watch with split times, calculation of maximum, minimum, and average heart rate, calorie count down, day and night OLED display.  Powered by rechargeable battery. Retails for $89.99.


NufootNufoot – I LOVE Nufoot! Nufoot is a revolution in indoor footwear, great for use in the gym.  Made from sturdy neoprene, they are water-proof, super stretchy and comfortable footwear allowing people to simultaneously enjoy the stability of walking barefoot, the comfort of walking in socks and the protection of walking in shoes.  Additional features include ergonomic designs and anti-skid soles.  Comes in multiple sizes and colors for men and women.  Great deal at only $9.99 a pair.


Super SandbagSuper Sandbag – The Super Sandbag is a heavy-duty weighted training bag, designed to develop total body strength, stability and endurance. This versatile training tool allows you to execute countless training exercises, working your upper and lower body. You can develop explosive power on-demand.  The removable weight bags can be used as soft weights to increase the intensity of any drill or exercise.  Features durable outer shells for long lasting use.  Includes Super Sand Bag and four 10lb. weight bags.  Retails for $59.99. Here’s a great video of the Super Sandbag in action.


Balanz BoardBalanz Board – The Balanz Board is an adjustable-height balance & stability trainer.  With each movement of an exercise done using it, the Balanz Board tilts and rocks to challenge your balance and overall coordination. Train on this board and you will improve core strength, stabilizer muscles, and your body and spatial awareness.  Slip-resistant textured surface allows it to be used safely nearly anywhere. It retails for $24.99. You can see how it works in this video.


HopzHOPZ – You can develop core and lower body fitness and endurance in the comfort of your living room with the HOPZ leap trainer. HOPZ resistance training will help you to develop explosive leg drive and power and strengthen key muscles in your lower body.  HOPZ consists of resistance bands that quickly attach and release to ankle straps and belt rings.  The ankle straps have built in show harnesses to keep the bands in place.  Adjustable belt fits most weight sizes.  Durable bands with resistance up to 40 lbs.  Retails for $59.99.


Core PushupCore Pushup – The Core Pushup is an excellent instability strength training device that increases the intensity of pushups and planks and maximize upper body and core strength.  The steel platform and balance ball combination create an unstable surface for a variety of strength training exercises including seven configurations printed directly on the platform. The durable balance ball inflates and deflates for variable difficulty.  This item retails for$59.99.