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Top 8 Functional Products You Should Consider

Top 8 Functional Products You Should Consider

Gyms across the world have jumped headfirst into the functional training trend, and with good reason. Functional products are not intimidating, cheaper to source and easy to store.

We asked our team to identify their top eight functional products that you should consider for your gym to create the best, versatile, functional workouts ever.

origin cast iron kettlebell

1. Kettlebells

Kettlebell work is a well-established part of many people’s functional training programmes. They are a strong favourite because they allow you to perform a variety of dynamic strength training movements but offer an increased challenge in being more difficult to grip and handle than dumbbells and barbells.

Kettlebell exercises force you to use more stabilizer muscles and work these muscles through a larger range of motion.

  • Origin Urethane Kettlebells are solid iron covered in a thick layer of protecting and shock absorbing Poly-Urethane, for and evenly balanced and smooth swinging motions.
  • The chromed handles are smooth and spacious, allowing a strong grip during exercises.
  • Kettlebells come in a variety of finishes, shapes and internal construction. This makes them a suitable option for different training purposes and different budgets, an absolute gym staple.

david lloyd sqyre functional zone

2. Sqyre

When it comes to versatility, the Origin Sqyre has got you covered. Lift, pull, push flip and drag – this functional tyre allows any gym to turn a walkway into a full-body workout circuit.

  • Square shape increases stability during workouts, meaning you won’t unexpectedly invade other people’s training zones.
  • Robust, wide handles connected to a welded steel inner frame for added workout options.
  • Durable vinyl covering means it slides more easily along the floor during pushes and pulls, and reduces damages to floor and other functional products.
  • Variations in weight available to suit all levels of functional athletes.

multi sided plyo box

3. Origin Multi Sided Plyo Box

With more and more gyms opting to occupy smaller spaces, every inch of free studio space is highly valued. Though plyometric boxes are amazing tools for full-body explosive training routines, don’t waste more space than required while storing them.

The Origin Multi Sided Plyo Box has all your standard measurements in one, meaning they occupy less space while offering the same versatility in training.

  • Durable vinyl covering means that next to jumping on and off the box, it can also be flipped and pushed, adding an extra dimension to your training. An added bonus is that the vinyl is easily wiped clean so you don't have to worry about dirty sneakers.
  • Because the Multi-Sided Plyo Box has all heights incorporated into one, group circuit classes can be attended by athletes of all heights and fitness levels. The box just needs to be flipped on to the relevant side and you’re good to go.

Functional Fitness Rubber Gym Flooring

4. Battle Ropes

A classic for a reason – Origin Battle Ropes offer the perfect balance between endurance training and full-body strength workouts. Any gym serious about functional training should consider having at least one set available.

  • Intense full-body workouts are made possible through creating wave patterns, improving strength and stamina at the same time.
  • Can be used as ropes to pull sqyres or sleds.
  • Available in different thicknesses, with or without protective covering.
  • This product is easiest to store on a battle rope holder.

functional equipment rig

5. Functional Training Rig

If you're looking to offer functional training, the addition of a functional training rig will vastly increase your workout potential. The fitness industry today has a large range of rigs to choose from.

From custom performance rigs to central bay configurations and storage solutions. There's something there for every gym.

  • Adds anchorage for battle ropes, dip attachments and suspension training options to your circuit. A huge range of attachments is currently available on the fitness market.
  • Can have a small footprint by lining the walls of your fitness space rather than stand at the centre of it.
  • Provides storage solutions to keep your space tidy, and allows accessories to be at hand throughout a session.
  • Can help zone off your functional space to create an intimate, motivational atmosphere separated from the gym floor.

Sprint Turf and Sled push

6. Sled and Track

A relatively new addition to the functional product game, the sled and track combination is quickly proving to be a big hit among fans of HIIT and functional workout sessions.

Unlike the other pieces of equipment in our list, the sprint track itself requires a little more effort when it comes to installation, but the end result is a visually stunning, multi-functional training zone no gym owner could say “no” to.

  • Not only does the sled and track add an amazing full-body workout to your programme, but it also adds an impressive looking workout zone to your functional training facility.
  • The added benefit is that, although it takes up a relatively long stretch of floor space, this is still completely usable training space when the sled is not in use.
  • On top of this, the track is completely customisable with different colours and floor markings available, so many gyms find functions to the sprint track even without the sled. With distance lines, for example, this would make a great explosive jump track, or battle rope station making use of the full length of the track in between sprints.

7. Suspension Training Set

Using bodyweight as a training tool is an ancient technique. Combining this with balance training however adds an extra challenge, allowing multiple muscle groups to work at once to increase the effectiveness of strength training routines.

  • Suspension trainers offer versatile and adjustable workouts to athletes while taking up virtually no space while in storage.
  • Suspension sets can be attached to any sturdy frame, so whether you have a wall-mounted pull-up bar or a full-sized performance rig built in your gym - you'll get the same workout from your straps.
  • Most suspension training straps are designed to be used both indoors and outdoors, giving you the option to take your training outside during sunny summertime boot camps.

functional gym equipment slam ball

8. Slam Balls

Slam ball exercises are another huge favourite in the world of functional training. They are an ideal tool for training explosive power, in a movement pattern that other pieces of equipment don't allow. What’s not to love?

  • The Origin Slam balls are the perfect functional products for slamming movements, due to their impact-absorbing nature and small circumference
  • Great durability combined with easy-clean surfaces meaning these balls lasts a long time and stays in great condition.
  • Can be used on their own or on a rebounder station of a rig.
  • Textured surface for added grip when performing throws and wall ball exercises during circuits.

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