Trainers' Favorite Equipment

High-tech or low-tech, we asked local trainers to share their favorite workout gadget or equipment.

Stretching Mat
“If you can teach someone something as simple as ‘how to stretch,’ it will improve the quality of their life. I want people to feel good about themselves above all else.”
—Joshua Hankin, Planet Fitness White Plains
Free Motion Cable System
“You can perform a multitude of exercises on this one piece of equipment. Clients love the machine since it focuses on resistance training, which tightens and tones their muscles.”
—Chris Pettee, New York Sports Clubs White Plains
Precor Ab Crunch
“The Precor Ab Crunch works your entire core, including hip flexers that help to strengthen your muscles and to stabilize your core. One of the best parts of this workout is also the effect it has on your back, and, with a strong back, you can take on almost anything. Don’t go too heavy with the weights, though, because it could potentially damage your spine.”
—Sandy Ferrerio, Lucille Roberts, Yonkers
“They are the best multi-functional tool for both joint and core stability. They’re also the most versatile piece of equipment—you can take them everywhere!”
—Nick Cerone, The Gym, Armonk
Bosu Ball
“The Bosu Ball is multi-purpose. You can use it for a variety of workouts including core training, abdominals, pushups, and squats.”
—John Ryan, Doral Arrowwood
Rye Brook

TRX (core suspension straps)
“I love using the core suspension straps for their versatility and also for their ability to make proper adjustments to fit your workout. You can do a variety of workouts with the nylon straps while isolating your muscles and stabilizing your core. The straps also help you discover which muscles on your body are either strong or weak.”
—Jennifer Schildwachter, Club Fit Jefferson Valley



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