I’m often fairly sceptical when it comes to new trends and kit in the industry, mainly because I often attend expos and events with my mam, who has been in the fitness industry for 30 years. She really has seen it all, and then seen it come back around again, and when I see things and say, ‘Wow Mam, check that out’, there has been many a time when she has replied with, ‘seen it before, it’s just a fad’. And it’s conversations like this over the years that have made me cautious when it comes to jumping in with two feet and buying new kit.
The Reebok Deck however has totally blown me away! I’ve been using it for around 8 months now and I’m still creating new exercises with it. For me, as a personal trainer with limited space and who often travels, it really is exceptional.
For something so compact and easy to transport (it fits perfectly into the back of my Mini Clubman), it does so much, from at its most basic level, being a step, through to an incline bench and of course there is the added elevation option in between, which means no more carrying around or storing a million risers to make my step higher.
Not only am I impressed with the Reebok Deck as a versatile workout tool, my clients have been too, with several of them even purchasing one for their own use at home, which is great as I can write their programmes and incorporate the deck too. They’ve also passed comment that it’s easy to store at home too and doesn’t take up a big space like a traditional home multi-gym or a treadmill, yet you can still do amazingly varied resistance and cardio workouts on it.
In addition to PT, one of the other things I do is deliver modules to level 3 PT students, and one of the questions I get asked all the time is, ‘what equipment should I buy?’, to which I always reply with my top 3 pieces of kit, and since using the deck, my top 3 looks like this…
- The Reebok Deck (and as it has clips to attach resistance bands, which is usually my number 2 choice, I can now squeeze one extra item into my top 3!)
- 2 sets of dumbbells, a lighter and a heavier set. The weights you choose will depend on the clients/client group you train, I have a 5kg and 8kg set.
- A stability/gym ball. Again, this easily pops into your boot if you need it too, is extremely versatile and can be used for all client abilities, from rehab to challenging core work.
So, if you’re looking to spice up your programming, add variety to your workouts and use kit that is compact, then don’t look any further than the deck. Oh and it got a big thumbs up from my mam too, so you know you won’t be disappointed.
Here are some of my favourite exercises using the deck…