Over the years, I have performed thousands of training sessions, and usually, the first question asked, is “what do I need to bring with me?” Naturally, as a trainer, I am excited to get them started, so I just tell them to wear workout attire and bring a good attitude. Within the last year, I have changed my tune on this. People need a little more guidance. There are so many useful fitness items that can make your training, or workout session go that much better. Here are five things that everyone needs in their gym bag.
This multi-use bottle is number one on my list for a reason. You cannot only hold water in it, but you can also use it to make
a protein shake, smoothie and juice bottle. I recommend that people take 5-10 grams of Branched Chain Amino Acids before a workout and 20-40 grams of whey protein powder after a workout. You also need to drink water throughout the day. This bottle is your go-to for all of them. Not to mention that it is BPA-free, leak-proof and durable.
The best investment that you can make when it comes to fitness gear is a good pair of shoes. They make a world of difference; no matter what the activity. The best overall shoe that I have found is the Reebok Crossfit Nano. You should not wear running shoes to lift weights, jump, or do agility drills and you should not wear Five Finger shoes to run in. The Nanos provide a perfect blend of support, toe space, durability and foot muscle recruitment, making it ideal for any activity.
Owning a great pair of socks is extremely underrated. Just like your shoes, your socks provide a base for whatever you do. Smartwool socks are comfortable, stay dry, can be used for indoor and outdoor activities, regulate temperature and wick moisture away. They don’t shrink when you wash them, and best of all, they don’t smell.
All too often, I noticed that people use whatever they can find for a gym bag. I understand using what you have, but if you haven’t experienced a great gym bag, you’re missing out on a tremendous asset. Finding a quality gym bag not only transfers your clothing from your house to the gym. It can also act as a toiletry bag, travel bag, overnight bag, and suitcase. There are so many great options available these days that provide an array of benefits. These days, gym bags are not only for the gym. They are for everything.
Lacrosse Ball or Foam Roller
There has been a tremendous amount of research on how massage and self-massage can help how your body feels and moves. Keeping your soft tissue supple and flexibility can help climate pain, injury, and keep you in the gym and not on the sidelines. Owning a lacrosse ball or foam roller allows you to not only use it at the gym but also at the office and your home. I have never met someone who didn’t use a lacrosse ball or foam roller on his or her muscles and didn’t feel better.