We get asked a lot for recommendations on weightlifting equipment, books, etc, so we decided to put all of our recommendations in one place.
Fractional plates help you increase the weight you are lifting by 0.5lbs, 1lbs, 2lbs or 2.5lbs increments. These are helpful for the overhead press and bench press.
Eleiko makes the highest quality women's olympic bars around. This is hands down, our favorite barbell.
We recommend this type of squat rack so that it doesn't take up a lot of space. With this rack, you can squat, bench press, and do pull-ups.
We recommend bumper plates so that when you learn the olympic lifts (snatches, power cleans, clean and jerks) you'll be able to use your bumper plates and drop the weight without damaging your equipment.
We like this weight bench because you can set it to different heights and do incline presses of various kinds.
Some spitfires love these fractional plates because they're soft and won't scrape your phone if you throw them in your gym bag.
A solid, affordable belt if you're just getting started with strength training.
A great, affordable set of wrist wraps for additional wrist support in overhead pressing, front squatting, and power cleans.
Great shoes for squatting, bench pressing, overhead pressing, and (if you like to deadlift in shoes), deadlifting.
Get these shoes if you know you will be training for olympic weightlifting. Weightlifting (not the same as powerlifting or bodybuilding) is where athletes lift as much as they can for the barbell snatch and the clean and jerk. These shoes are used by elite weightlifters world wide and will give you the support you need at the bottom of the snatch and the clean and jerk.
Get your daily full body foam roll. Every one should have a foam roll in their house or apartment so that you can relieve yourself of pain and tension if your muscles tighten up from a long day of sitting in front of a computer.
We highly recommend everyone has a lacrosse ball handy to relieve tension in your hips, back, neck, and shoulders after long days of sitting. We recommend a lacrosse ball over a tennis ball because over time, tennis balls become soft and won't provide as much relief.
Classic shaker bottle that we all use and love.
Erin's personal favorite iso-whey protein source. Zero carbs and packed with vitamins and BCAAs. In fact, I'm drinking Isopure right now as I code this web page!
Erin's personal favorite BCAA. Best tasting BCAAs.
We get asked about nutrition - a lot! For now, this is the book we recommend the most. Why? Because when you strength train and lift weights with Spitfire Athlete, you are training like an athlete. You need to fuel your body with the same level of detail as an athlete. This book teaches you how to fuel your body for performance.
A great introductory read on barbell training and how to properly squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, and progress through your first linear strength progression.
A great introduction to mental training for performance. This book guides you through a daily meditation where you start with breathing exercises, repeating your performance statement, visualize yourself successfully performing in your sport or training.