The Gear

Our recommendations for training gadgets and gym equipment.

Training for a running race, cycling race, or a triathlon can involve a lot of gear. Below are recommendations and gear that we use at 90Rev and tested with the ATP (adaptable training plans) app.

Running

Garmin’s Forerunner and Fenix series are respectable running watches. The key features needed for the ATP app are time, distance, pace, heart rate, cadence, and advanced workouts.

 

“If you want a multifunctional watch for work and play, the Fenix series may be for you. The 5S is my daily, go to watch. For me, it’s worth the price because of the flexibility of wear.”

Cycling

Garmin’s Edge series is designed for cycling. The key features needed for the ATP app are time, distance, speed, heart rate, cadence, power, and advanced workouts.

 

“I use the Garmin 1030 and prefer it’s larger screen. If larger screen size isn’t appealing to you, consider saving money with one of the other Garmin options.”

Not all of the ATP plans require power data. If your current training device doesn’t record power, don’t worry. First, check out the plans on the ATP using the free trial to determine if you even need a device that records power.

Triathlon

When training for a triathlon, you need a device or two devices that measure the following: time, distance (swim, bike, and run), pace (swim and run), heart rate (bike and run), cadence (bike and run), power (bike) and advanced workouts.

 

“There are two ways to gear yourself up for triathlon training. You can purchase a multisport watch that works throughout the entire training process, or you can purchase a watch in combination with a bike device. The positive with buying a multisport watch is saving money. The negative is a smaller screen that may or may not display a usable map. The only Garmin watch that displays a full map is the Fenix 5X.”

Not all of the ATP plans require power data. If your current training device doesn’t record power, don’t worry. First, check out the plans on the ATP using the free trial to determine if you even need a device that records power.

Swimming

When swimming, it is important to be able to gauge your tempo and speed. The *Finis Tempo Trainer Pro is an inexpensive device to keep you on pace in the pool. The ATP app provides suggestions on how to use the trainer to maximize your performance.

 

“You can use a training watch or the swimming clock to gauge your pace, but the *Finis Tempo Trainer Pro makes is so easy. The trainer is just like using a portable and inexpensive metronome.”

Gym Equipment

Recommendations for a home gym

In most cases, a gym will have the equipment necessary to complete the ATP strengthening and flexibility sessions. If you are planning on building your own home gym or sweatbox, check out the recommendations below.

PULL-UP BARS

You have many options for pull-up bars. If you want a serious home setup with the ability to expand, then consider a squat stand. If you want minimal, portable, and inexpensive, then consider a pull-up bar that fits over the door.

 

SML-2 Rogue 90″ Monster Lite Squat Stand

*Pull up bar

DUMBBELLS

When picking adjustable dumbbells, I have had success with Bowflex and PowerBlock. In my opinion, PowerBlock is a more solid choice but Bowflex is more economical.

 

*Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells

*PowerBlock Elite Dumbbells

RESISTANCE TUBES AND HANDLES

The plans included in the APT app are designed for someone with one to two years experience in recreational racing, with the exception of the “Walk to 5K” plan. This plan is designed for someone new to running. The following are the included plans at this time:

The following are the tubes and handles I purchased based on my strength, so I could easily combine tubes to overload my body.

 

Lifeline Triple Handles

10 lb, 20 lb, 30 lb and 100 lb Tubes

RESISTANCE BANDS

STABILITY BALLS

ROGUE KETTLEBELLS

BODYWEIGHT TRAINERS

PLYO BOX

Your exercise program will require a step for you to jump onto when doing plyometric exercises. At first, you could use a step in your house or an old chair if you are not part of a fitness center. If you want to get fancy, the Stamina X Adjustable Height Plyo Box is a great choice because it is adjustable.

 

Stamina X Adjustable Height Plyo Box

TRIGGER POINT BALL

When selecting a ball to use to work out trigger points, you have many options. Start with a tennis ball. If the tennis ball doesn’t hit the spot, then consider a harder ball, such as a TriggerPoint therapy ball or a lacrosse ball.

 

*TriggerPoint Therapy Ball

TRIGGER POINT ROLLERS

If you know you have a history of trigger points (aka muscle knots), then consider the TriggerPoint Therapy roller for durability. If you are new or find that you don’t need to use a foam roller, consider a more inexpensive foam roller made by Optp.

 

*TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

*Optp Foam Roller

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