The fitness world is never short of new fads or gadgets claiming to get you into serious shape.
From the infamous Thighmaster to the downright peculiar Shake Weight, the fitness industry is saturated with products promising big results with little effort.
Six-Pack abs in sixty seconds? Only in your dreams. Shoes that tone your legs and butt? Better keep on walking.
That’s not to say all gadgets are a waste of your time (and money). There are products out there that actually work, whether by helping you target specific muscle groups or offering a mental boost to push you past physical thresholds.
If you’re seeking a little extra motivation, or just itching for something new to play with, we’ve rounded up 10 pieces of gear—from high-tech toys to gym staples– that will actually help you get in shape.
1. Foam Roller
Styrofoam isn’t just for packing peanuts.
Those long, foam logs you’ve probably noticed laying around at your gym are the ticket to preventing muscle soreness–and potentially sidelining injuries.
By simply rolling over sore and stiff spots, like your hamstrings, quads, and middle back, you’ll break up muscle knots with your body weight. This improves blood flow, aids flexibility, and can provide serious relief from aches and pains.
Think of the foam roller as a personal masseuse–without the hefty price tag.