Having a well-planned and challenging workout regimen is the most important feature of your gym experience. We won’t question that. However, in order to follow through and achieve your goals, you need to come prepared to beast out the whole workout. Of course, your gym bag is essential, to be precise, the items packed inside. You can’t train without those gym essentials.
So, in order to avoid those situations where you come to the gym and realize that you’ve forgotten something essential, we decided to create this list for you. Go through this list before you start packing for the gym. You don’t want to forget these items, trust us.
A vast majority of fitness addicts nowadays drink some kind of shakes or supplements that further enhance their gym progress. Therefore, a gym bag cannot be complete unless it has a shaker bottle or a water bottle. Shaker bottle can hold your pre- and intra-workout supplements, water, or a shake for your post-workout protein/carb combo. Be sure to grab a good shaker bottle so you end up with a protein that’s easy to drink instead of some nasty, clumpy mixture you have to choke down.
Even if you’re not big on protein shakes, you’ll want to have a bottle of water with you during your training sessions. Staying hydrated is the wise thing to do.
Since you can’t just work out in whatever you find first in your closet, it’s obvious that you need to pack your gym clothes essentials. Workout garments usually include a t-shirt or compression shirt, shorts and socks. You can even buy a tracksuit that would reflect the sporty look you are aiming at. You can even work out in your track pants if you want to. You just need to look for quality gym apparel that is made of lean materials.
New Adidas Climalite products, such as the ultimate tee, soak up the sweat from your skin and you won’t feel a thing since those shirts are made of lightweight, functional fabrics. The same applies to the Adidas Supernova shorts. You’ll want to be dry and flexible while working out, so you won’t make a mistake if you opt for these Adidas garments.
When it comes to training shoes, your choice will depend on the style of your workout. If you’re an advanced lifter, you may prefer lifting shoes to traditional cross-trainers or running shoes. Whatever you choose, make sure it provides the support you need for the type of training you will do. Box jumps or running in sandals would turn out even worse than it would look. If you buy cheap training shoes, you can expect the soles to give up on you after a month or two, and you know what that means.
If you fail to find decent gym shoes, you are running the risk of getting injured. Do not mess with your knees and ankles. Buy decent shoes.
Packing a pair of socks for the gym should go without saying. However, since your feet will be smelly and clammy after your workout, you need to pack an extra pair of socks. This way, you’ll do your feet and training shoes a real favor. Of course, if you’re training at the gym, you probably take a shower regularly after your workouts, so a spare pair of socks will ensure that your feet stay clean.
When you work out, you sweat. That is perfectly okay. But leaving that sweat on the equipment and machines is so not okay. Actually, that is disgusting. Do not be that guy! So bring a towel to wipe down the equipment after you finish using it, or simply to keep your sweat to yourself. That’s common courtesy.
Spray the deodorant after you take a shower. Please! There can be nothing worse than standing next to somebody who smells bad. And if you are the one who is making everyone around queasy, that’s just horrible. So, bring a deodorant. You can even spray or roll the deodorant on before and after your workout. That way, you’ll make life easier for everyone you come into contact with during or after the workout.
Combine quality headphones with uplifting tracks and you’ll get that extra motivation that is essential for a kick-ass workout. Remember that you need to listen to your music. Your personal selection will deliver better results than the common stuff they play at the gym. Use your phone or an Mp3 player and don’t forget your headphones. All the famous athletes listen to their favorite tracks before their games and workouts, so should you.
Next time you start packing for the gym, don’t forget to go through this list. You’ll thank us later!