When it comes to exercise, I’m a huge fan of a minimalist approach. There’s just something about needing a gym or a bunch of fancy equipment that’s a turn off. No human should need those things.

Besides, I’m not coaching body builders here. I’m helping people get a body and life they love in an authentic, sustainable way. And that really only requires two tools on the weight lifting front.

Well, let me back up…no tools are required. But these two tools make lifting heavy things fun and simple and I’ve never a met a person who couldn’t reach their goals with them.

Tool #1: Sandbag

battle-bag

I listed this one first because it’s more dynamic, as far as I’m concerned, meaning you can do more with it.

In fact, I have an entire 8 week sandbag training program inside of Total Body Reboot that uses this one tool alone.

I’ve also put some sample workout videos on YouTube that include the sandbag.

It’s a really powerful tool because you can easily step it up in weight as you perfect the different lifting movements, you can empty it and travel with it, and you take one of the packs out between exercises if you need a lighter weight for one movement versus another.

Recommended Brand: I’ve used a few different sandbags and I’ve settled on the Onnit Battle Bag. It’s compact, well built, and—most importantly—doesn’t leak.

Tool #2: Kettlebell

kettlebells

The Kettlebell is my second recommendation. Like the sandbag, it’s highly versatile, but it does have some downsides…

Unlike the sandbag, you typically need to buy kettlebells of varying weights (the sandbag has weight variability built in). That means you’ll have a little tribe of kettlebells laying around.

This is especially true if you’re a beginner kettlebell user, as you’ll want to gradually work up in weight as you learn the different kettlebell techniques.

With that said, once you understand how to put your kettlebells to use, there’s really no simpler or more convenient resistance training workout available that’s also as effective as a kettlebell workout.

Recommended Brand: Again, I’m a huge fan of Onnit when it comes to equipment like this, especially if you like your kettlebells to have character.

The most important thing…

I harp on this all the time and feel the need to constantly remind you: The most important thing is that you don’t just move on to the next article—PUT THIS STUFF TO USE.

Order a sandbag or kettlebell, learn to use it, and do the work. Reading about functional fitness isn’t going to get you a body and life you love.

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