If you want to move on to adding external resistance (and we only recommend this when you’re able to stick to proper form through the entire range of motion), there are multiple ways of going about it in terms of equipment.
The first choice is obviously weights for most people. You can use weights in the form of dumbbells and/or barbells. A lot of us struggle with finding a gym everywhere we go when we travel. Especially if you travel frequently for work, for example, you may be looking for a more sustainable solution.
Of course, you can look for accommodations that either have a gym attached or has one in the vicinity. However, you can also use resistance bands that are easy and lightweight to pack, but very effective in giving you a wholesome workout that targets your muscles from all angles!
Resistance bands are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can use in resistance training. They come in various levels of resistance, different styles such as loop bands or tube bands, and also for specific parts of the body (booty bands for example). If you’re using bands for glute activation or lower body work, a fabric band is a better choice over latex/rubber ones.
Other equipment for strength training includes ankle/wrist weights, weighted vests, etc. You can add in cardiovascular exercises if you’re using vests for a more well-rounded strengthening routine. Hikers or mountain athletes are known to use heavy books in their rucksacks to add in more resistance and improve cardiovascular effectiveness.
The options are truly endless when it comes to adding resistance, and you can easily improvise with objects lying around. Just be sure to keep in mind safety precautions.