Are you getting serious about training? One thing you need before you step into the gym is a good gym bag with all the right essentials. Your gym bag holds all the tools you need to get the most out of your workouts.
But what should you bring to the gym with you? Let’s take a closer look at some of the top gym-bag must haves to bring along with you to your next workout.
If you’re a serious lifter, you need to be squatting. There are no two ways around this one – squats are easily considered to be one of the most effective exercises you can include in your program.
To get the most out of your squats, you’ll want to have a good pair of squatting shoes. This will help to keep your feet steady even in solid platforms. Squatting in regular running shoes can cause a lot of instability and impedes your overall form due to the cushion that runners contain. This gives you a better range of motion and stability while squatting, boosting your performance.
Another gym bag must-have are the lifting straps. These straps can be used when you’re hoisting heavy weight and doing pull-based exercises like bent over rows, single arm rows, and deadlifts.
These straps will ensure that your grip isn’t going to fail you as you go about the movement pattern, allowing you to place a heavier load on your body. As you get stronger, you can lift more weight without compromising your grip.
Many people also find lifting straps helpful to improve their mind-muscle performance, which can be a key when targeting the muscle you are aiming to work in any given exercise.
The most essential item that you need to have at all times are wireless headphones. Wireless headphones make your workout far more comfortable as you won’t have to worry about cords getting in the way while doing all the various exercises.
Almost every serious weight lifter knows that good music can mean difference between a good gym session and a GREAT gym session.
Cardio? If you are performing any cardio in your session, trust us when we say music will get you through it and keep you motivated to get the most out of it.
Moving heavy weight can put a lot of stress on your spine. A good weight belt can keep you more stabilized and allowing you to lift more weight. When you perform heavy compound movements, a weight belt allows you to breathe and create insta abdominal pressure to keep your lifts “tight” and keep your spine safe.
However, you do not need to wear your weight belt for all exercises. Only use it for the big heavy lifts.
A fitness tracker makes sure you push yourself in the gym. Most fitness trackers will measure your heart rate, daily steps, and even sleep to ensure you are moving, not just in the gym but all day, as well as getting adequate recovery.
Finally, don’t leave home without chalk. Chalk is another necessary component of your gym bag as it’ll also help in improving your grip and ensure that bar isn’t slipping away from you.
Use chalk while doing moves like pull-ups, pull-downs, and bent over rows.
If you aren’t one for the mess that chalk makes, you can also look into a liquid grip product as well, which is a gel-like substance that gives your hands a chalky feel without all the mess and slipping.
Life gets very busy sometimes so you don't always have time to eat before or after your gym session. Keeping a serving or two of protein powder in your bag means you will always have a snack/post workout recovery handy so that you won't miss a session.
Opt for a whey protein as its very easily digestible. Plus, Each scoop of whey protein powder packs on average 25 grams of protein which is essential for overall muscle recovery.
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