Hi! I'm Sara Solomon and I'm a Bodybuilding.com and BSN sponsored athlete.
This is a list of my favourite things**!
Supplements & Food
BCAAs (plain, with caffeine or with creatine): When, Why and How I use them and my favourite brand.
Fish Oil: Why and when I take it, and how I store it.
Protein Powders: Which taste the best, which are lower in calories?
Protein Bars: I'm a protein bar addict. Check out my favourite.
Powdered Peanut Butter: PB&Me's chocolate hazelnut is AMAZING!
Calorie-Free Syrups, Salad Dressings & More: Great for saving calories.
Protein Bread & Protein Nut Butters: Great for making flatbread pizza. The nut butters are unbelievable.
My Jump Rope: Why the rope matters!
Equipment you see in my home gym (you can order these online):
- Strongfit Sandbags (60, 80, 100 lbs)
- Pec Stick: This is the 45kg Pec Stick that I purchased. It's very challenging, so if you are a newbie, I'd recommend a 20kg or 30kg Pec Stick.
- Spud Lat Pulldown Pulley
- Airdyne bike
- Concept2 Rower
- Resistance Loop Bands, Resistance Bands
- I also have a treadmill, a spin bike, a bench, and a collection of dumbbells and kettlebells.
- The rest of my equipment was purchased online at Rogue Fitness. I have a Rogue HR-2 Half Rack (with safety spotter arms and storage posts), a woman's 35 pound Bella bar, a 45 pound OHIO bar, bumper plates (2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35 and 45 pounds) and a training bar (15 pounds). My other Rogue Fitness items include a matador (for dips), wooden box, wooden gymnastics rings, a post landmine, a 12-pound medicine ball, a PVC pipe and an AB-2 Firm AbMat.
Knee Sleeves: Do not rely on knee sleeves as a "band-aid" for any knee symptoms you may have. Proper exercise mechanics and weak point training to correct muscles imbalances are paramount if you want to have healthy knees. Really strong hamstrings and glutes are better than knee sleeves 😜... if you are quad dominant, it could lead to knee pain.
Grips with Thumb Sleeve: I use these grips when I'm doing high volume bar work (i.e. butterfly pull-ups, kipping toes-to-bar).
Versa Grips: Great for newbies to pull-ups, deadlifts and toes-to-bar. But don't rely on them (I gradually weaned myself off of these) ... also try with your bare hands so you can toughen up your skin and develop your grip strength.
Wrist Wraps: I wear these when I'm doing kettlebell work (they work as a kettlebell wrist guard). I also wear them when I do sandbag carries, otherwise my bare wrists get sweaty and I lose my grip.
Padded lifting straps: These are the ones I often use for deadlifts. I like to start my deadlifts with my bare hands so I can develop my grip strength. I only resort to the straps after I have exhausted my grip strength ... that way the straps allow me to train harder than my grip strength would normally allow.
Wonder Woman & Batman Shaker Cups: Because it makes me feel like a hero when I train!
Weightlifting Belt: This is the one I have, but I haven't used it yet. Don't use a weight belt to mask weak external obliques. Belts are for experienced lifters and heavy weights. Focus on getting strong without assistive gear. If your back hurts when you deadlift, then it's time to take a look at what's going on (or rather, not going on) at your inner hamstrings and external obliques.
Fill ’n Go Funnel: This is a portable funnel for storing BCAAs. I use this when travelling. So necessary!
Reebok: For my training footwear: I use Reebok Nano's.
TeamSS Apparel: My TeamSS Fashions!
Meal Prep Containers: They are microwave and dishwasher friendly.
Ice Cream Machine: I love to make protein ice cream.
Cat Lovers Only!
Shark Cat Bed: My siamese cats LOVE this! hahahahah!
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