These are my essential workout gear for my training at this moment! Besides these, I also use pre-workout before I start my training and I drink my water with a scoop of iBCAA’s during my workout.
1. Strong grips
The strong grips I use are from XXL Nutrition but you can use them from any brand you like. These ones are originally for heavy back exercises but I like to use them when I use heavy weighted dumbbell exercises. They support the heavy pressure on my wrist and I can wrap the “flaps” around the dumbbell for extra grip.
2. Training gloves
I like to wear these during every workout. Most of all because my hands get sweaty withing minutes when I train. So I tend to lose grip (especially with pullups, etc.). To prevent that from happening I wear training gloves. These ones from Nike are very comfy!
3. Earbuds for music
I don’t know what kind of music they play at your gym, but at my gym, it’s more James Blunt then some badass hardcore sounds to hype you up. So that’s why I always train with earbuds. Also, it’s a great way to focus on your workout! I have two playlists on Spotify; when I feel badass (HipHop/r&b) and one when I really want to get hyped up and need to set some PR’s (Dance/Hardstyle). The type of music during a workout is very personal but if you like, try my “SSSHMOOD” playlist here, or my “NO PAIN NO GAIN” playlist here.
4. Lifting straps
I use lifting straps when I do deadlifts. At this moment that’s the only time I use them. But when you do deadlifts, these guys will let you lift heavier than without straps. Because you put the straps around the barbell, the barbell will more likely “hang” on your wrist and give you extra grip.
5. Water bottle
This one is quite obvious. You will sweat during your workout, so drinking enough water is very important. I like to put a scoop of BCAA’s in my water bottle.
6. Wrist wraps
The wrist wraps are very important for me since day one. Because although my arms are getting stronger and stronger I’m able to train heavier. But I have one problem; my wrists still have the size and strength of a 6-year-old. They simply can’t keep up with the heavy weights. It’s definitely one of my weak areas when I train. But it’s very important to know that it doesn’t help AT ALL when you wear them all the time. You need to make your wrist stronger, and putting on the wrist straps all the time won’t make them stronger. Use them in a correct way; I only use them when I use very heavy weights (like during a shoulder press) because ten my wrists tends to fold double because they can’t handle the pressure.
7. Sports watch
To track my progression during a workout/day, I use a sports watch. I like to see if my heart rate is high enough during cardio sessions, how long I’ve been working out for and how much calories I’ve burned. The one I use at this moment is the Fitbit Inspire HR and I like it very much!
Just like a water bottle, this is a very obvious essential object when you train. I use a clean towel every time I workout. Want to know why I use a clean towel EVERY training? Then read this post.
9. Resistance band
Okay, this one is probably not a musthave for everyone but it definitely is for me; the resistance band. It’s my ultimate warm-up tool when I have a leg day. I can really focus on warming up all the different areas of my legs and booty. There are also a ton of different warm-up exercises you can do with it. You can even do a complete leg workout with them.
So these were my gym bag essentials that I use at this moment. Note: none of the above products are sponsored (I wish LOL). I bought them with my own money. What are your musthaves for training?