As increasing numbers of people go into self-isolation, get your home or garden set up with some affordable at home workout kit and join us for online workouts via Zoom…

Suspension Trainer from Decathlon, £11.99

Suspension Trainer

This bit of kit is fantastic, allowing you to work your entire body, perfect for both beginners and the more advanced. You do need somewhere to hang it.

Either wrap around a branch of a tree in the garden or a park, or buy a pull up bar and affix it to this.


Pull Up Bar

Pull up Bar

We LOVE a pull up bar here at Fitbitch HQ and over the years have built the strength to accomplish them, and then let it lapse. There’s nothing more satisfying than achieving pull ups. And even if you can’t, working your way towards them really works you HARD!

Most importantly, it builds up those shoulders, lats and back muscles which become weak due to office work – perfect for the swimmers and triathletes out there. Or indeed for anyone who wants to get fit.

If you have a sturdy doorframe, this just clips over it without the need for any drilling or screwing. And it then gives you a bar from which to hang a suspension trainer (although be careful, certain movements on the suspension trainer may not be stable).

Try the Opti Multi Pull Up Bar, £19.99, which has different grips which make some of the pull up varieties easier.


Power Bands

Power bands

We call them power bands because these simple, innocent looking resistance bands are mighty powerful when used in the way. Available from Decathlon in a range of weights, from 25kg upwards, you can fix it to a staircase and sprint against it for resistance sprints, loop it around a pull up bar and under your knee to help give you a bit of a lift, use it to stretch your hamstrings…the list is endless. We love ’em! A word of warning, get the right resistance for your body size although starting from £7.99, you can’t go wrong.

Pilates bands

Smaller, light resistance bands are BRILLIANT for exercises for your glutes and for the smaller shoulder and lat muscles for swimming drills. And they’re super cheap (and don’t clutter up your home). Definitely worth getting a pack. Try Decathlon’s Dyamba Mini Rubber Resistance Bands, £3.99

Skipping Rope

If you have not used a skipping rope since school days, you’re missing a trick. Hugely useful for building cardiovascular fitness and for developing plyometric power, replicating the exact same muscle use as running. Skipping workouts can develop your running power, efficiency and technique. And get you pretty damn fit!


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