Going to the gym is more than just working out. It is a lifestyle that you need to follow strictly, if you want to see results. Make your gymming goals more achievable by arming yourself with these 7 gym essentials. Not only will you be able to finally pack that empty gym bag that has been staring you in the face forever, but you’ll also be able to maximize your gym session to get closer to your ideal body. Fill it with these gym bag fundamentals, and carry the basics of fitness with you wherever you go!
Without a good set of training clothes, your workout will always be less than satisfactory. This is very important if you have a busy schedule and hit the gym after work. Remember to pack something your body can breathe in and clothes that won’t inhibit your body movements. Also imagine the horror, if you land up in the changing room without your gym shorts!
If you are comfortable in your loose tee and pair of shorts, then you are good to go. It’s important to remember that fitness comes before fashion. So don’t waste your time worrying about your gym attire, wear something that will not hinder your workout as opposed to those tights pants that enhance your butt but will make you super conscious when you are doing low squats. The limelight should be on your workout and not your clothes.
The criteria for a good shoe depends on the type of workout you do. If you are into lifting weights then you would prefer lifting shoes to traditional cross-trainers or running shoes. Proper footwear is essential for maximizing any workout, because there’s a slight difference in the support offered by running shoes as compared to gym trainers. While the former are designed to keep you moving forward, gym shoes are specifically created keeping lateral movements in mind. Invest in shoes that give you maximum support you need for the type of training you will undertake.
A gym bag is incomplete without a quality shaker bottle. You can use it for your pre or intra workout supplements, water or to shake up your post-workout protein/carb combo. Be sure to invest in a good bottle so you don’t end up with spillage in your bag or lumps of protein powder in your drink.
A workout log or diary is absolutely essential for consistent progress. Use your workout journal to record sets, reps, weights, and rest. It will help you in your future sessions to mark your progress and to trace back to details from the older sessions.You need to know how much you lifted in past workouts in order to lift more in the future. With a gym log, you will be able to track your progress consistently.
And what would a gym bag be without the handy towel! Yeah, we agree more than an essential it is an important gym etiquette to bring your towel and rid the equipment of your sweat once you are done. Everybody sweats in the gym and that is a clear indication that your workout is actually working! But nobody wants to sit in a pool of your sweat. So make the towel your best friend so you can be a gym buddy to others.
Well, many people might disagree on this one, because for them music is more of a distraction than a source of motivation. But for a majority who require a boost to work out, there’s nothing better than a good soundtrack to keep you going! Many gyms play foot thumping songs, but if that is not your cup of tea, then customize your own playlist on your phone or mp3 player and add a pair of wireless headphones and you are good to go.
A wearable that monitors your heart rate or keeps tabs on your reps and sets is a must have in your gym bag. You can keep real-time tabs on your progress and push yourself harder if you are falling behind. Many wearables now come with state of the art technology and even keep a count on how many calories you burn. And don’t worry about the sweat, they make them waterproof these days!