Participation in regular moderate-to-vigorous physical activity often decreases with increasing age (16), and among people who do exercise, long-term adherence often is a challenge because of various factors including lack of enjoyment, intrinsic motivation, or social support; poor environment; inconvenience; fear of injury; and health-related issues. During the past decade, general fitness professionals and personal trainers have incorporated numerous adjunct modalities (‘‘toys’’) to ‘‘break up’’ the rigors of fitness training and as a means to introduce some diversion and goal-specific activities. Three popular modalities are kettlebells, battling ropes, and medicine balls. This article briefly reviews each device and presents some applications for their use in the fitness setting.
Previously published in ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. 2015; 19(4): 5-11. http://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/pages/default.aspx