The Perfect Pushup and Pullup
My former SEAL buddy Alden Mills has created awesome fitness products that capture the most beloved and most hated exercises we do in the SEAL Teams and at BUD/S. The rotational motion of his products challenge the best pull-up and pushup performers. In fact, his products cut my reps in half and after a year of using the Perfect Pushup, they still work like new and continue to make my pushups tougher. For $39.95 you cannot beat the price for an actual fitness product that you will actually use several times a week. With him I created the Perfect Pushup Bible that challenges the pushups, pullups, abs, running and swimming workouts of old. Supplemented with some weights, the Perfect Pushup and Pull-up are great additions to a home weight room.
Fitness in a Bag! Former SEAL Randy Hetrick has created a device that is easy to carry and so versatile I still cannot name all the exercises you can do with this thing. My latest count is over 200 exercises. In an article, I compared his TRX to a Universal Weight Machine and for a 1/10 of the price it easy outperforms the machine tenfold! Check out any Youtube.com video and you will see an arsenal of homemade videos from people performing their own challenging workouts with the TRX. The TRX is great for travelers as the straps are easy to pack and unfold in seconds. See some of the videos on his site at fitnessanywhere.com.
On a personal note, I have never performed ab exercises and been winded until I tried suspended plank poses and pike pushups variations. I use this product near daily.
The Fit Deck
Former SEAL Phil Black is probably the most genius of the bunch to take an idea and turn it into a successful business. When on a deployment or just bored, the SEALs as well as other military groups, do a workout with a deck of cards. Usually it required some imagination: face cards = 10 pushups, aces = 25 pushups / 25 abs, jokers = 50 reps of anything...BUT what Fit Deck does for you is take out the mystery and when you shuffle the deck and start to flip the cards you get told what you need to do. Now he has Pull-up Decks, Kettlebell Decks, Navy SEAL Decks, Combat Sports Decks and so many more - even some for kids. When bored with your workout, throw out a deck of cards and create some excitement.
Also - the site NavySEALs.com has grown into a huge store for the person seeking fitness, gear, accessories that are military and law enforcement related. Former Navy SEAL Mark Devine's creation has evolved into a premiere online presence in the military news and information business. When people ask me where can they get boots, dive gear, books, and other cool Navy SEAL stuff, I say go to NavySEAL.com At the store you can find anything quickly for the future, present or past military person.
Any of these make great gifts for your fitness guru in the family or those seeking a profession that requires some form of fitness test. I only like to write about products I personally use and traditionally have been a pullup bar and some floor space type of guy, but these products definitely add to the workout variety.
Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.