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Boxing Coach CJ Hammond Shares His 6 In-House Gym Essentials

Although states are starting to open up, it seems this new "freedom" may be short-lived as coronavirus cases start to increase in these states. Especially in states like New York, we will be "quarantining" for some time. We know gyms are closed but you don't want to come out of all of this out of shape so you really should be taking advantage of in house workouts.

CJ Hammond, a trainer and owner of sports performance gym Fit Legend, trains #2 NFL draft pick, Chase Young and the likes of Angela Simmons, Josh Smith, TI, Cam Newton, Rajon Rondo and more. Check out his essentials for your in-house gym below!

Resistance Bands

Serious Steel Assisted Pull-Up Band, Resistance & Stretch Band, Powerlifting Band & Pull-up Assist Loop Band (Single Band), $12.90, Amazon Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands with Instruction Guide, Carry Bag, EBook and Online Workout Videos, Set of 5, $17.85, Amazon

"Whether it’s the mini bands that go around your knees, or the long bands used to create extra resistance during the lifts, these two bands are my go-tos. They're important for activating muscle groups before workouts. I use the long resistance bands on certain lifts to increase volume without adding load. They also provide a great way to recruit more muscles."

RSP Nutrition TrueFit Grass-Fed Protein Powder, $36.97, Amazon

"After a hard long workout, there's no better way to replenish my body than with the essential protein and nutrients in TrueFit. It’s the first thing I put into my body after my workout, and it tastes great. TrueFit includes grass-fed whey protein, 12 powdered fruits and vegetables and pre & probiotics for gut health, all-in-one. It's my favorite protein powder!"

Essentia Ionized Alkaline Bottled Water, Pack of 12, $17.98, Amazon

"It sounds cliche but I've been drinking at least a gallon of water every single day for the last 5 years. Staying well-hydrated is very important due to my intense workout routine. Essentia is the water brand I like best."

Beats Pill+ Portable Wireless Speaker, $121.12, Amazon

"I love working out with music! It keeps me going and gets me in the zone. Beats caters to people who like loud, defined and clear music with a little bass. That’s me! I like it loud. This speaker is also easily portable - I can take it with me anywhere."

Apple Watch Series 5, starting at $399,

"This watch almost never leaves my wrist. I keep track of all my calories - calories burned, active calories - and my steps. It helps me stay on top of my goals each day. It's also a great stopwatch for exercises."

Grant Boxing Gloves,, prices vary

"Boxing is my favorite form of cardio, and no matter where I go, my boxing gear is by my side. After I hit the weights, I throw on my custom Grant gloves and get right back to work. Grant gloves are the best in the business. The likes of Floyd Mayweather and many popular pro fighters choose these as their gloves in championship fights. They fit and mold to your hands like a glove, literally."

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