Darin St. George: My wish list -- fitness toys for grown-ups

Darin St. George

Having a 10-year-old daughter, my wife I and have recently been thrust into the "pop spotlight" that is careening through our Taylor Rose's lexicon each day: sports, songs and anything that makes her move seem to be the catch of the day and we are being force-fed.

If it's a new song, movie, actor or actress, we are kept up on just "who's cool and who's a fool" by our young reporter. I'll give you a guess whether I'm cool or not.

So there's a new song where the singer wants to "be a billionaire so frickin' bad" and then lists all the things he'd buy. Simple enough, right? I don't want to be on Fortune magazine's cover with Oprah or buy a yacht, but there are some dream pieces I would add to my basement gym. I figured the time to put them down for all eternity would be now, since I have that song playing on an endless loop in my head:

The Concept 2 Rower is inexpensive and great for all your Crossfit workouts. So many of the workouts I've been doing lately require different sprints on the rowing machine, and the Concept 2 is the top of the line. It's not some rickety knock-off. You can achieve a great whole-body cardiovascular workout, have little to no impact on your joints and it is whisper quiet. Going off at $900 (entry level), the Concept 2 rower is a piece of equipment that will last a lifetime and extend yours at the same time.

Let's all do the bump, shall we? I hate some of the workouts I do, because when I'm done lifting I want to drop the weight immediately. Well, if I had some bumper plates I could just drop the bar and it would land safely and I could run off to my next exercise. Bumper plates are rubber weights designed to be dropped after a lift. They protect your floor and other stuff in your gym. I found a full set delivered for $460 on www.ironcompany.com. That's a great price considering shipping is included.

When old becomes new again we all win. Wouldn't that be nice, right? We've seen the resurgence of the old-school kettlebell lately, and rightfully so; they help you build functional strength, work several muscle groups at once and force your body through ranges of motion that you typically don't encounter in the gym. A full set would be a must-have in any gym, much less a dream one.

This isn't a Christmas list for my wife, but I wouldn't complain if she cut it out of the paper and put a few check marks next to some of these fun and highly useful items come December. Save your pennies and add some fun to your gym and let me know what you think.

Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his website at www.TrainerX.com.