Subj: The best workout gear that every gym-going man and woman should own if they are serious about making progress.
I want to maximize my time and effort spent at the gym.
The best workout gear is designed to help you do just that: Make the most of your time in the gym.
It takes many, many hours of weightlifting to build a great physique.
Everything you do will either help you or hurt you in pursuit of a great physique. These items will help you.
It’s not fancy attire or some bullshit bracelet with a dumbbell on it. (Although there is a psychological benefit to wearing clothes that make you feel good, so I can’t rule that out completely.)
The best workout gear adds value by building more muscle, strength, keeping you safe, ad making you healthier.
When you are busy you need to use tools that will help you get the most out of your effort. I create my lifestyle to make things as convenient and beneficial as possible.
Let’s get right to it – these items help me make the most of my workouts:
The Best Workout Gear that Every Weight Lifter Should Own
1. Weight Lifting Shoes
Everything you do starts from the ground up. The force you generate, your balance, everything. Athletes and martial artists know this as law. A solid foundation is KEY for balance. Balance is key for power. Power is key for strength.
You cannot get a good leg workout in running shoes. Running shoes are meant to absorb impact and dissipate force out across the landing surface as your foot impacts the ground.
Everything action has an equal and opposite reaction.
If you want to lift maximum weight, you want the drive into the ground with your heels and you want the ground to ‘push’ back. With running shoe, you lose energy outward with lessons the amount of force you generate from the ground. For example, You drive down on your heels and the shoe spreads energy in all directions, meaning less force is generate back up. Running shoes are sloped down from heel to toe. This is not optimal for squats and deadlifts as they will make you lean forward when performing these lifts (not good).
You’re better off lifting barefoot (which is great by the way. As long as you don’t drop weight on your toes).
Your body is one kinetic chain so a solid footing is important to maintain body alignment and lift properly. You need a comfortable pair of solid, sturdy shoes for lifting.
A $40 pair of Chuck Taylor’s will last you many years. They are stable and comfortable and put you in a natural lifting position. Get the High Tops for added support. They are the best shoe I’ve found for lifting. You can pick up your pair here (amzn)
2. Large Water Bottle
You should drink like a fish when lifting. I drink more than a gallon each workout.
32 oz minimum will encourage drinking a lot of water and keep you from having to fill up your bottle 10+ times a day.
Workout hard and you will sweat. A lot.
Your body needs water to bring nutrients into muscles and to flush out waste. Your muscles are 70% water.
A big water bottle keeps you hydrated and saved you time. Having fresh water within arms reach at all times is a good thing. Plus, I save time in the gym by not running to the water fountain every time I want a drink. I can finish my set, chug some water, then immediately start another set.
The type of bottle doesn’t really matter as long as it’s big – it should have a liquid volume of at least a quart. I use a Nalgene water bottle it because it’s basically indestructible and easy to clean.
3. Blender Bottle and Natural Whey Protein Powder
The best time to get nutrients into your system is immediately after a hard workout. At this time your veins are dilated and your body is starting its recovery process.
I take a Blender Bottle with 2 scoops of protein with me to the gym. As soon as my workout is done, I fill the bottle with water, shake it up and drink it.
I started doing this a few months ago and have noticed good results. I’m cutting fat while maintaining/building muscle so protein is especially important.
To build muscle, you need a lot of protein. And since I’m also losing fat, I’m eating less calories. Your body needs calories to maintain muscle and if you’re in a calorie deficit you risk losing muscle. So for what I’m going to accomplish, body mass recomposition, supplemental protein is important.
4. Tall Sock or Leggings
5. Weight Belt
Although I train for raw strength and lift unassisted (I do not use lifting straps, and very rarely use belts or other products that make lifting easier), weight belts have a their place in the gym. However I cannot deny that using a weight belt allows you to lift heavier.
When you are lifting 90%+ of you max, lifting belts can help support your mid-section, keeping your core and lower back safe.
Get a heavy-duty, thick weight belt that provides a lot of support. You wan t leather belt with double buckle.
Gym chalk helps you grip heavy loaded barbells. Chalk is great for deadlifts and pull ups when you need your grip to stay tight and strong the entire set.
7. Fat Gripz
Don’t overlook the power of these simple items. A small investment on the front end will earn you dividend for years to come. The best workout gear is the simplest. Don’t over complicate or over spend on unnecessary crap. Focus your resources on what will really help you achieve your goals.