I'm not a very big fan of the Globo Gym (cue Globo Gym Commercial from Dodgeball). Frankly, I want to train on my own schedule, with my own equipment and in the company of my choosing.
For this reason, I choose a few simple tools that I keep at home, or even travel with, that meet all of my training needs.
These tools are:
1. Gymnastics Rings or TRX
3. Yoga Mat
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1. Gymnastics Rings (or TRX)
The gymnastics rings are the best tool to develop the upper body. They are also easily portable, and you can almost always find a tree to hang them from. Because they are so versatile, you don't need any other equipment for your upper body. If I was going to choose a single implement, it would be the gymnastics rings. A viable alternative is the TRX Suspension System. The TRX is a little nicer than the gymnastics rings if you are going to try and train in a hotel room.
Try these gymnastics rings: ZJChao Olympic Gymnastics Rings
Or the TRX: TRX Home Suspension Trainer
The kettlebell is probably the single most versatile resistance tool available. I use it primarily for conditioning and developing vertical pressing strength (i.e. military press). Between KB Swings, Turkish GetUps, Snatches and Clean and Jerks, you have your left strength and conditioning implement in one.
3. Yoga Mat
Along with my Gymnastics Rings and Kettlebells, I use my yoga mat a lot. Sometimes it is nice to have a consistent surface to train on. It is great for stretching and doing body weight exercises. They are also light, portable and relatively easy to pack.
The favorite yoga mat that I have used is the prAna E.C.O. Yoga Mat, but even a cheap mat will do.
Take your gym home, or wherever you go and you can get out of the sweaty, crowded Globo Gym.
B.Kin, Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology CPT