Posted on May 02, 2018 by Kate Gordon

When it comes to the gym, everyone has their go-to workout. Whether it’s leg focused, cardio heavy or simply aimed at improving just one muscle group, people prefer different things. But as well as workouts, gym-goers also have their favourite pieces of equipment too.

So, we’ve asked a number of our motive8 staff which pieces of kit they couldn’t do with out. It’s worth remembering that one person’s essential choice may well be another’s back-up pick. Take a look at what they have to say, and see if you if you can relate to a particular choice!

Best gym equipment:

Power rack

My essential gym equipment is the power rack. This is a versatile piece of equipment that can be adapted to act as a bench press, squat rack, deadlift station etc. All you need is a barbell and some weight plates. These are essential compound movements meaning you can perform an effective whole body workout just using the power rack.

By Josh Remedios, Gym & Spa Supervisor

Resistance bands

For me personally, an essential piece of gym equipment would have to be resistance bands. My reason for this is because they are great for a number of  key areas in training, such as stretching, adding extra resistance for weight training and for allowing you to lift your own bodyweight as a beginner with lower levels of upper body strength.

Resistance bands help me personally as I prefer to train using my own bodyweight as well as using weights, as I believe it is a more functional and natural movement. Also flexibility is a major part of my goals in training so using resistance bands helps me to stretch out after every session – this helps me to recover quicker. If you haven’t used a resistance band, give it a try. If you have any problems using one, feel free to ask a member of staff and we can help and show you different techniques and how to use it.

By Deryl Mcgillivary, Gym & Spa Operative


I’m totally obsessed by those cheesy American NCIS shows on TV, so my essential kit is a nod to the Navy Seal who invented it – Randy Hetrick. The TRX, or Total Body Resistance Exercise (…maybe he’s dyslexic?!), was born out of a jiu jitsu belt and parachute webbing in 1997 and since then has infiltrated most gyms around the world. It’s a portable, full body workout for all levels of fitness. The only limit to a TRX is your imagination and in all honesty if it’s good enough for a Navy Seal, it’s good enough for me.

By Hoi Yin Tsui, Gym & Spa Operative


If I had to pick one piece of gym equipment that is a must for me, it has to be the barbell. The barbell is by far the most important piece of gym equipment because it is the most versatile, and it has the most uses in a gym (varying from bench press, shoulder press, deadlift, squats and many other exercises).

All the exercises mentioned prior are absolute staples in the bodybuilding world and without the barbell I don’t think there is a single training day you can really do without it. Due to this, the barbell is my choice for the most essential piece of gym kit and has to be involved in everyone’s workout at least a few times a week.

By Thomas Camber, Gym & Spa Operative