>>>Is a rebounder a mini-tramp?
Yes, but higher quality than the cheap ones you can get at Walmart, etc. (bigger springs, some fancy material in the mat, folds for storage). I like to use it to do high impact moves on that I don't want to do on the floor. Or to jog and sprint on (which I can't do normally because I screwed up a knee doing it years ago).
>>What the heck is a bodywedge & what type of workout do you do with it?
A body wedge is a heavy foam wedge with a cover on it that acts as an incline bench. There are 21 exercises illustrated on it. There's a cheaper, inflatable version of it (bright yellow!) available as well.
>>Have you used a stablity ball?
Oops! I forgot those (I have two: a Core Secrets ball and a Dura Ball pro).
>>Any recommendations on the type of ball to consider?
Definitely get a burst resistant ball (if it gets poked with a sharp object, it slowly deflates instead of bursting. Especially important if you're using weights on it. www.fitterfirst.com
sells only burst resistant balls. As I said, one of mine is the Dura Ball pro, but I'm peeved with Paul Chek at the moment (see my post in " General Discussion" so won't recommend it.)
>>I have a nice bench to use for high step work. Do you have any vid recommendations for such a workout? Do you frequent Video Fitness?
I'm over at VF all the time (and not hard to find: I'm pretty unimaginative when it comes to user names
Cathe Friedrich uses the High Step a lot (and she kind of invented it). She uses it primarily for step-ups. The Firm uses a high step as well for step-ups/leg presses.
>>BTW, you are the only other person I know who has a Rockit! We've had ours for years - actually I don't think they make them anymore. In fact, is Soloflex even in business anymore? It's a great way to do squats though, huh?
I haven't seen the Rockit advertised for ages, but I've seen other Soloflex products (like the new Treadclimber) advertised, so they are still in business. I think they still make the Rockit, but maybe don't advertise it much because it doesn't appeal to a wide audience? It's a great way to do squats at home, and I can really heavy up without worrying about killing myself without a spotter! I also like to use mine as an incline bench for incline bicep curls and reverse shoulder flyes (when there's not laundry drying on it...eek!)
>>So glad you are here! You can turn me onto new vids -- I've been out of the loop for about 5 years.
Then you probably don't know about "P90X" by Beachbody? My best fitness video purchase last year, and probably for several years. It's an entire system for strength and muscle gain, with 12 workouts: four upper body (two splits: chest/back and shoulders/arms and back/biceps and chest/shoulders/triceps), one lower body (mostly unweighted or light weight work), a plyo workout, a core workout (both very unique), an ab workout, two cardio workouts (the weakest of the system, but it's not meant to be cardio heavy), and abs workut, a stretch and a long and tough yoga workout. They set up a whole 90-day rotation (which I took 110 days to do! More rest days!) that is excellent, IMO.