Activ5: A workout in your pocket – do it on the plane, train, standing or sitting

Activ5 Portable Strength Training Device 
Price (rrp): £129.99

If you don’t fancy going to the gym or just too busy, then bring the gym to you. This app-based Activ5 black and orange device has been dubbed “a tiny gym in your pocket”. It is a portable fitness device, that fits easily between your hands and allows you to workout while sitting down, perhaps on a plane, train or by your desk. 

Plus you can track your progress.

Download the app to any smartphone, choose the workout and simply press your hands against the device with differing levels of pressure following the instructions, to achieve results.

You can personalise 100 or so exercises to your fitness level, track progress and exercise while playing games.

The 5 minutes of isometric exercise can be the equivalent of 25-minutes of gym machine exercises and tone and strengthen muscles with regular use.

It coaches you through low-impact, isometric-based workouts and integrates well with Apple Health and the Apple Watch. 

It is indeed an alternative gym.

Why we like it: It’s a workout in your pocket, so easy to slip into a pocket or handbag and so easy to use. And with 5-minute workouts which you can do at your desk, seated anywhere or standing up you simply don’t need to neglect your muscles and fitness.