The ongoing quest for health and fitness produces a constant stream of innovative new workout products, from new takes on old favorites to far-out new creations. Here are a few highlights from the Idea show held in Anaheim this summer, which means you’ll soon be seeing these at gyms, store shelves and smart screens.
The EdgeCross-X. Invented by Agoura Hills teacher Steve Berman, this push-up bar with handles and a metal ball on each end blasts every muscle in your body with a new training modality he invented: “off-balance leverage training.”
Why we like it: This is a fitness revelation. EdgeCross-X, as promised, stresses numerous muscle groups by putting you off-balance with a pivot point far from the center of your body — on the ball at the far ends of the bar. From the first second you start off with a simple push-up, your core gets blasted.
Cost: $399.99, edgecrossx.com
Double the fun
Ski-Row Air. A two-in-one workout machine from EnergyFit: a rowing machine that, repositioned vertically, converts into a lat-pull cable machine or cross-country skiing trainer.
Why we like it: Space-saving variety. You can row, work the arms in a cross-country ski motion or do lat pulls and other strength exercises. Includes wheels and a gas-assist cylinder to help lift the machine and lower it to the ground.
Cost: Starting at $1,899, energy.fit
Gorilla Bow: Portable home gym that combines stretch cords with a pseudo-bow-hunting frame, claiming to produce between 5 and 300 pounds of resistance and allowing for a variety of strength exercises.
Why we like it: It’s a nice new take on old stretch-band devices, providing a convenient do-anywhere workout that can target back, chest, arms, shoulders and legs with presses, pulls and squats.
Cost: $179.75, gorillafitnessequipment.com
Smart foam roller
IntelliRoll. An intricately sculpted foam roller that specializes in massaging and lengthening the back. A middle channel is designed to stop the vertebrae compression of a normal flat roller, while pronounced ridges work the spinal erectors.
Why we like it: It feels natural because the curved sections match the body’s own curves and distribute pressure more evenly over more muscle area. The chiropractor who invented it says the anatomical design can cut effective massage time in half while allowing a deeper release of the muscle fascia.
Cost: Starting at $29.95, intelliroll.com
Shake it, baby
The Power Plate Move. Home version of the company’s health-club vibration plate, which has a cult following among those who like to put butter in their morning coffee.
Why we like it: Some research backs up benefits of vibration: increased range of motion, strength and muscle tone, balance, stability and circulation. The Move is easy to use, adjusts intensities smoothly and has an app offering guidance and classes.
Cost: $2,995, powerplate.com