Tired of being tied to a gym or needing racks of weights to get your strength training in? Strap on the Disq, and your body becomes your gym—anywhere, anytime.
Invented by Dutch speed skaters to train for competition, the Disc is a compete gym you wear around your waist. The Disq belt houses a pair of resistance gauges with two high-quality fiber cords inside that you loop around pulleys strapped to your ankles.
If it sounds complex and cumbersome it isn’t. I gave the Disq a workout, and in a couple of minutes it feels as natural as tying on a pair of running shoes. It may look strange now, but with packed classes at Crunch Fitness locations nationwide, and more coming, seeing a guy running with a Disq won’t be strange for long.
Unlike with strap training, you don’t need a door or anchor, you’re free to roam and workout in the park, on the beach, or in a hotel room. And unlike elastic bands that don’t offer consistent resistance, the Disq’s gauges let you dial in the perfect, constant resistance, and even let you work your weaker side by upping that dial a bit more.
I tried it running, jumping (it adds a whole new level to your plyo workout), and to work upper body, and was really surprised at the workout it delivers. Not just to your lower body… detach the hand straps from the Disq disc and you can attack your upper body and core. That’s probably why, besides the speed skaters, Dutch ballet schools and boxers have adopted the Disq as an integral part of their training as well.
Their free app has exercises to get you started in cardio, strength, power base for core, and you can add also add Disq to your current training—Pilates, yoga, kickboxing—to raise the workout level. Or use it to turn yard work into a new workout. Note to self: Call lawyers about trademarking MowFit.
Home version: $199
Pro version: $299.99