I’m a firm believer that preparation is the key to success. I don’t take a lot with me to the gym, but what I do take ensures that I make the most out of each workout and that I’m performing at my best – both of which make sure that I see results all the time and enjoy what I do too. So here are my top five gym essentials:
When I started lifting heavier weights I realised that I needed a better grip, so I purchased some gloves and now I use them all the time. Being a girly girl who likes nice feminine hands, I also use gloves to make sure I don’t get ripped skin or calluses – sorry, but to me this is gross and not what I want for my nice soft hands! I’ve used a few different gloves but these are the ones I currently use as I’ve found the grip is great, and also it has great wrist support, which is another reason I use gloves – I have tiny little wrists and for a while I felt like I was putting too much strain on them, but using supports has realy helped me and I don’t feel pain anymore.
My sessions are always better and more focused when I’ve written out a plan beforehand. I don’t always do the exercises in the order I have them written down (i.e. when someone is hogging the squat rack so you have to bide your time…) but it makes sure I get them all done and know exactly what I need to do that day, instead of just walking around aimlessly and halfheartedly.
A Good Sports Bra
Yes, even members of team no boobs need a good supportive sports bra. Especially if you’re doing cardio, you’ll know that your boobs need to be tightly secured or it becomes seriously uncomfortable. I have made the mistake of purchasing sports bras from high street stores and while they are pretty they don’t offer the support you need. I swear by Nike, and the money you pay is so worth it for the quality you get.
Your Own Music
Gym music is mainstream, repetitive and annoying. I always take my iPod and listen to music that motivates me to work harder. I’ve recently created a gym playlist too, which has loads of upbeat songs to keep me going throughout my workout, and to drown out some of the awful music they play at the gym!
I like to get my protein in immediately after my workout, so I’ll always make sure I pack my shaker with a scoop of protein in for post work out. I also find it’s something to keep me going until I get to have my post workout meal, as that tends to be half an hour to an hour after I’ve finished at the gym, but a protein shake fills me up enough until I get to eat again.
What are your gym essentials? Add to my list and let me know.