Some people walk into the gym with shorts they still used in their high school gym class and a simple t-shirt and destroy their personal records. Not me – I know that gear doesn’t make the man (or woman) but I can admit that I’ve fallen into the workout fashion craze, and not only like to be comfortable when I workout, but look good as well. And of course, functionality is important too. With that in mind, I’m going to score my favourite gear to workout in so you can try them out if you like.
Music To My Ears
No matter how good the music is, I can’t workout listening to whatever is playing at my box. I like to be in my zone and listen to my own playlist that keeps me laser focused and motivated throughout my workout. For me, standard headphones posed two issues – functionality and quality. When you’re deadlifting, squatting and doing functional exercises, there is nothing worse than my headphones getting tangled and yanked from my ear. The second issue is quality. I like my music clear and my bass deep.
The Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones serve both those problems for me, and are comfortable to wear.
They go behind the neck so taking them off can be done quickly and seamlessly too.
For me, the most important piece of attire is my shirt. It protects me from getting cuts, provides compression and shows off the muscles in all the right places. I like them to be micromodal too so that it keeps me dry while letting my body breathe. My go to shirts have been Gymshark Phantom’s, mainly because of their colour selection and great quality. They’re a bit expensive when compared to other brands, but one or two should last you through the week.
Admittedly, I also like wearing leggings under my shorts. I’m just one of those guys – the DRY technology is great at keeping me feeling fresh during a workout and the compression helps my performance during heavy lifts. I’ve tried most of the brands, but Gymshark wins again with their amazing patterns. When I’m working on light routines, I prefer more funky meggings which always gets the conversation going at the box. They come in all colours and designs.
Always Use Protection
My gym bag is always stocked with performance, rehabilitative and preventative gear meant to help me stay fit and injury free as much as possible. The most important things I will mention are always the smallest – lacrosse balls and kinesiology tape. The lacrosse ball helps me get the kinks and knots that inevitably surface during a workout. The kinesiology tape helps manage and decompress pain that may arise from rotations, cramping and muscle issues.
To prevent injuries and increase performance on a larger scale, I also use wrist wraps to protect my wrists and knee sleeves to help me squat bigger weight.