Each year the IDEA World Fitness Convention serves as a mecca for all things health- and exercise-oriented. Over the course of several days in Southern California, hundreds of educational sessions are offered by some of the most respected names in the business while the expo hall boasts a countless number of leading fitness companies showcasing the hottest new health, fitness, and nutrition products, many of which are so new they have not yet officially hit the mainstream market.
At the event this past weekend, these three training tools in particular truly stood out from the pack, most notably for their portability, innovation, versatility, value, and quality of design. Check them out to see if they’d be good to add to your exercise equipment arsenal.
Soon to be released from Trigger Point Performance Therapy—a respected company with roots in biomechanics, myofascial release, sports performance, and injury prevention—the Grid STK (starting at $35; available for pre-order at tptherapy.com) is the world’s first hand-held foam roller. Utilizing a three-dimensional surface designed to replicate the feeling of a massage therapist’s hands and offered in two different densities—regular and extra firm “X”—this portable roller allows you to experience targeted relief.
Southern California-based NuFit Corp has hit the fitness equipment scene with their ergonomic, multi-purpose NuBells (nufitcorp.com), which are essentially a dumbbell and weight plate rolled into one. The versatile training tools have a comfortable grip and can be used on their own or affixed to a barbell. Portable and stackable (read: They don’t take up a ton of space), the circular, brightly colored NuBells range in weight from 5 to 100 pounds.
Battling ropes just got better with the addition of shifting sand—yes sand—to add new challenge and portability to a total-body training tool that continues to grow in popularity. Hyperwear’s 10-foot-long SandRope ($180; hyperwear.com) is filled with either 15 or 30 pounds of sand, making it as heavy as a single 50-foot long heavy rope but easily stored in a fraction of the space. With a grippy, durable neoprene cover, the SandRope can be used on just about any surface—outdoors or indoors—and anchored or on its own.