Los Angeles Times - - SATURDAY - BY ROY M. WALLACK

Even if you’re a ded­i­cated gym rat, hav­ing a few trusty go-to workout de­vices at home comes in handy. ¶ “Whether it’s an en­tire home gym setup or a few body-weight ex­er­cise rou­tines, a go-to home workout is the most im­por­tant thing for main­tain­ing a fit­ness reg­i­men — so you don’t have an ex­cuse when you’re out of time,” says Andy Pe­tranek, co-founder of Santa Mon­ica-based WholeLife

and CrossFitLA. From a Pi­lates tram­po­line to row­ing ma­chines that do dou­ble duty, here’s a sam­pling of some of the most in­no­va­tive new home fit­ness gear we saw at the In­ter­na­tional Health, Rac­quet & Sportsclub Assn. fit­ness expo held in Los Angeles ear­lier this year:

Derek Horner

POOL GYM The Boga Fit­mat is an 8-by-3-foot f loat­ing workout mat with built-in stretch cord han­dles. Used in your back­yard pool (or even in your den), it pro­vides a sta­ble-but-un­sta­ble base from which to do yoga and a va­ri­ety of strength­en­ing ex­er­cises, in­ten­si­fy­ing the workout. $795. Bo­

North Shore Fight

AQUAPUNCH North Shore Fight’s new torso-shaped Aqua Bruiser Bag fills with tap wa­ter, mak­ing this punch­ing bag more for­giv­ing on hands, wrists and el­bows. $200. AquaTrain­ing

To­tal Gym

FULL-TILT ROW­ING To­tal Gym’s unique El­e­vate rower is the first to use a slanted slide board and your own body weight as re­sis­tance in­stead of a fan-f ly­wheel or mag­netic fric­tion. The steeper you set the tilt, the harder the ef­fort. Un­like tra­di­tional row ma­chines, this rower loads up the “ec­cen­tric” phase of the move­ment — the re­turn — ad­ding a strength el­e­ment to the workout. $1,495. To­


TWO-WAY ROW­ING This rower rows back. The harder you pull the Ver­saRower, de­signed with a unique in­er­tial-weight f ly­wheel, the more it pulls back on the re­turn por­tion of the stroke, which means you struggle to stay in con­trol. This dra­mat­i­cally in­creases your ef­fort, so you get a harder workout and burn more calo­ries in less time. $3,800. Ver­saClim­

Shan­non Fon­taine Spy­der 360

SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF AB ROLLERS Com­bin­ing an abroll­out de­vice with stretch bands and snap-on 10- and 5pound weight-rings, the in­ge­nious Spy­der 360 adds re­sis­tance for up­per and lower body work­outs and core work. Rings ad­di­tion­ally morph into two 17.5-pound hand weights. (Go to the web­site and watch the va­ri­ety of ex­er­cises you can do. They ac­tu­ally look kind of fun.) $99. TheSpy­

Mark Kuroda TRX


If one strap was good, two is better, says TRX. Its new Duo Trainer lets you do hang­ing ex­er­cises like pull-ups, dips and mus­cle-ups in ad­di­tion to the many oth­ers you can do with its stan­dard one-strap/dou­ble­han­dled mod­els. $199.95. TRXTrain­


ON A ROLL Low-tech and highly ef­fec­tive, these hand­size plastic pads em­bed­ded with three roller balls pro­vide chal­leng­ing omni-di­rec­tional dy­namic sta­bil­ity. Trans­la­tion: CoreF­lyte Slid­ers let you move ev­ery which way across a f lat sur­face while do­ing plank roll­outs, in-mo­tion push-ups and a va­ri­ety of core­blast­ing ex­er­cises, in­ten­si­fy­ing the workout. And in a pinch, they’ll help you move heavy boxes. $99.95 for a pair, carry bag, ex­er­cise sheet and on-line videos. FlyteFit­

TRG Real­ity

ALL-BODY BIKE The clas­sic all-body Sch­winn Air­dyne, a sta­tion­ary bike with push-pull arm ac­tion and fan-blade air-re­sis­tance that gets harder as you go faster, gets even better this year with two new mod­els. The Air­dyne Pro has 9 workout and HIIT pro­grams and large LCH screen, ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal grips, a quiet belt drive and the abil­ity to use your own bike seat. The Air­dyne AD6 lacks the pro­grams but dis­plays watts, time, calo­ries burned, dis­tance and more. AD6 starts at $539 and the Pro starts at $1,299. Oc­taneFit­

Power Plate

GOOD VI­BRA­TIONS Vi­bra­tion ma­chines are the red-hot workout de­vices of the mo­ment but have been too large and ex­pen­sive for the home — un­til now. The new Per­sonal Pow­erPlate pro­vides the same en­hanced ef­fort and re­cov­ery ben­e­fits in a com­pact plat­form that can be slipped un­der a bed. A 30/60sec­ond timer and re­mote con­trol are in­cluded. $1,499. Pow­

Smart Ball

SMART BALL There’s no sim­pler fit­ness prod­uct than the inf lat­able ex­er­cise ball, but it’s worth­less if you don’t know how to use it. That’s not a prob­lem with the 18-inch Smart Ball, which is im­printed with ren­der­ings of 13 ex­er­cises. Its cousin, the ad­justable­height Smart Cube, used for step-ups and box jumps, dis­plays nine ex­er­cises. Ball, $29.25; cube $498.95.

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