For any of you who read my blog, you will know I like to keep fit and regularly go to the gym. I have been a member of my for nearly 3 years now and go around 4-5 times a week and workout for about 45 minutes. I recently wrote a guest post over on Cascade of Colour, talking about my motivation tips for the gym, but it’s also important to make sure you have the right gym essentials to make your time working out more enjoyable and successful.
For many people, including myself, the start of the year means we set our self fitness goals for the coming months, so I wanted to write this post so I could share with you my gym essentials and how I maximize my workout.
Music – I have been to the gym and completed a workout without listening to music and also listening to music and personally I feel the time goes so much quicker when your earphones are in and your favourite music is playing. As well as making the time go quicker, I also find it can be really motivating, so I would definitely recommend you create a gym playlist with a mix of your favourite music.
Water – It sounds stupid but make sure to keep hydrated throughout your workout!
Clothing – It’s seem obvious but make sure you have the right clothing on, there are so many different brands that specialise in gym clothing, my personal favourites are MyProtein and Under Armour, the quality of their clothing is so good and the fit of their products are really good. I’m not a massive fan of wearing joggers in the gym, especially when I’m doing cardio or core exercises so I would definitely recommend wearing shorts, I wear the Under Armour Mirage shorts as I really like how lightweight they are and how good the fit is.
Footwear – Similar to clothing, this seems like an obvious choice but believe me, when I first started going to the gym I went on the treadmill in Converse, needless to say I wasn’t on there long, it wasn’t comfy at all! You can pick a decent pair of running shoes up in any sports shop and they don’t have to be expensive.
Supplements – There are so many different supplements to take but I like to have a protein shake straight after a workout. When it comes to buying protein powder, the places you can buy it from and the flavours you can get it in are endless. As I said, straight after the gym I have a shake and I use MyProtein’s total protein and I also add a scoop of BCAA powder to help with my recovery.
Above are just some of the essentials I like to support my workout but there are so many more and everyone is different.
What are your gym essentials?