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Hey guys, Lindsey here! I can’t wait for you to get started on theIdealShape Up Challenge with me. To get the most out of the workouts, you will need the following equipment. These can usually be purchased inexpensively at your local Target, Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx or Marshalls, or a sports equipment store.
Also called a stability ball, this large inflatable ball will be used to help you improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Stability balls range from small to extra-large. Choose a ball size that allows you to sit with erect posture with your hips and knees at 90 degrees based on your height and leg length:
• 30-35 cm if < 4’10” tall
• 45 cm if 4’8″-5’5″ tall
• 55 cm if 5’6″-6’0″ tall
• 65 cm if 6’0″-6’5″ tall
• 75 cm if those over 6’5″ tall
(Most people use a 55cm or 65cm ball)
You will need two dumbbells: 5lbs or 8lbs for women, 15lbs for men. You can also use objects of equivalent weight (in a pinch, some people use food cans or other household objects). If you’re able to invest in three sets of weights this will help you progress through the program, but it’s not necessary.
Box, Stool or Stair
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Choose a height that is comfortable for stepping!
Foam Roller (optional)
A foam roller is a special foam cylinder, usually 12 inches long and 6 inches in diameter, designed to help you release muscles before and after a workout. Foam rolling your muscles can help reduce muscle tightness and prevent injury. Note: It is NOT included in the workouts, it’s completely optional. If you decide not to buy a foam roller, make sure to do active stretching and cool-downs before and after your workouts.
You can purchase a jump rope just about anywhere (or steal one from your kids!). Weighted jump ropes tend to be a little easier to work with.
If you don’t have the equipment, you can still participate in the challenge. Just do a modified version of the exercise.