Hi. Whether you’re just starting a fitness programme or you’re updating your gym wardrobe here are my top 10 activewear pieces to consider – from sports bras to gym towels.
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1. Technical T-Shirt
You may think that any t-shirt will do for a gym workout, but you want to make sure that the gym top you wear has technical performance qualities to keep you comfortable while you train. Sweat-wicking materials draw moisture away from the body so that you stay drier and more comfortable during a tough session.
A good technical gym top won’t lose its shape as you move and will prevent chafing. Some companies also include t-shirts made from recycled materials which boast advanced technical qualities such as moisture-wicking, UV protection, and even anti-odour.
2. Sports Bra
A sports bra is an absolute must-have for any type of workout. Sports bras usually prevent the straps from slipping down while you move, while the supportive cups keep your chest in place and prevent any pain or discomfort. They are also designed to reduce the impact on the shoulders by redistributing the weight across your back.
3. Gym Leggings
Finding the right pair of gym leggings is crucial for a comfortable workout. If you’re constantly having to pull them up you won’t be able to focus on your performance so you’ll want to find ones with an adjustable waistband. Look out for ranges of gym leggings that feature a high waistband, which won’t dig in or slip down as you jump, skip, and lift. Many gym leggings also have slimming designs and seamless construction so that they’re perfectly comfortable and you can wear them with confidence.
4. Training Socks
The right socks might not always be top of your list when it comes to activewear, but they are important. Blisters can really set your training back and long training sessions are dependant upon your feet being comfortable. Sports-specific training socks should be sweat-wicking with extra padding or protection in areas prone to blisters. If you look around you’ll also find socks that feature mesh ventilation panels to the top so that your feet can breathe and wick sweat to prevent chafing and blisters.
5. Comfortable Gym Shoes
The right gym shoes can make or break a training session. The last thing you want is to be tripping over shoes that are too big or suffering numb toes from shoes that are too small. Furthermore, your gym shoes need to have the right grip and performance qualities for your type of training. Do you do CrossFit? You’ll want to invest in a proper pair of CrossFit shoes as there is a difference between CrossFit shoes and training shoes. If buying online, do your research to ensure the shoe is the right one for your needs.
6. Gym Vest
The right gym vest will make you feel confident and comfortable while working out in the gym. No matter the season, a gym will always be warmer than outdoors, so having a vest handy even in winter is important for regular exercisers. You want a gym vest that enhances your physique and makes you feel confident while also being practical and technical.
7. Fitness Tracker
Using a fitness tracker will help you achieve your goals with real statistics and useful information. By tracking your heart rate during a workout you can see if you are working hard enough and will be rewarded with calories burned at the end. Having an accurate measurement will aid in reaching your goals and can be something positive to focus on.
8. Gym Bag
With all your new gym gear you’re going to need somewhere to put it! Regular bags may pick up a smell, but a gym bag is designed to be odour-resistant. Pack up your gym bag the night before, that way when it comes time to workout, you’re ready and raring to go and have no excuses to put it off. Keep your pre-gym routine as simple as possible to avoid allowing yourself the opportunity to find an excuse to not bother 😉
9. Water Bottle
When you’re training at intensity, you lose a lot of water, so it’s essential to keep yourself hydrated. Grabbing yourself a reusable bottle prevents wasting used plastic bottles and helps minimise the load in our landfills. In addition, plastic bottles contain harmful substances so you’ll want one which is BPA-free.
10. Gym Towel
Last but definitely not least is a gym towel. Having sweat dripping off your face during a tough workout might make you look like you’re working hard, but it can be very irritating and uncomfortable. Make sure you have an appropriately-sized gym-specific towel that you can keep in your bag and also use to wipe down machines and benches once you’ve used them.
I hope these Top 10 Gym & Workout Wear Items have helped. To discuss how I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals, why not contact me to book your FREE 30-minute consultation.