How to Choose the Right Workout Gear for Men!

They say a worker is only as good as the tools he is using. While this is not entirely true, it is not possible to complete anything if you don’t have the right tools or equipment to hand. This is just as true when it comes to fitness and weight loss. Choosing the right workout gear can really make a difference to your results.

running shoes and choosing fitness equipmentChoosing the right workout gear can only get you so far. Finding the time and motivation is the biggest hurdle to success.

With that said, the right workout gear can help you find the time and motivation, so it's absolutely a subject worth thinking about.

Shoes

If you’re a runner then you may believe having shoes specifically designed for running is important. Running shoes are supposed designed to reduce the impact of the road and give your feet the support you need.

shoes and cell phone choosing workout gearHowever recent research suggests that dedicated running shoes can actually alter your gait and make you more prone to injury!

“The researchers noticed a difference right away. Whereas shod runners tended to land on the heel of the foot, barefoot runners landed on the ball of the foot or with a flat foot. The unshod runners' style causes more flex in the foot's springlike arch, ankle, and knee and engages more foot and calf muscles, blunting the impact on the body and making for a more comfortable “ride.”

The solution is to purchase a generic pair of shoes that you are comfortable in and fits your foot properly. It doesn't matter what activity you are looking to do.

Using the wrong shoes can help increase the chance of injury which will really disrupt your schedule.

  • Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet expand during the day.
  • Walk around in the shoes when trying them on.
  • Trust your comfort level more than the size of the shoes.

Clothing

Sportswear has evolved dramatically over recent years. In the modern world an essential part of your workout gear for men should be breathable clothing that is sweat resistant.

clothing and workout gearComfortable clothes will help to ensure you remain cool and focused on your workout. Feeling uncomfortable is an excellent way to reduce performance or even finish a workout routine.

To ensure you get the right workout gear for men you should look at clothing made from cotton, nylon, polyester or polypropylene.

You may also wish to consider using compression tights or socks. Compression increases blood flow and boosts performance while reducing the chance of post exercise aches.

Weighted Vests

When choosing the right workout gear,  the weighted vest should be considered as one of the more essential items.

weighted vest choosing the right workout gearThe only way you’re going to boost performance and lift more is to push your limits. A weighted vest increases your body weight and turns everyday exercises into incredible difficult maneuvers.

The result is more fat burned and increased lean muscle. That’s a win on both fronts!

Weighted vests are also very convenient. You can use it when doing any exercise,  something that’s not always possible with traditional weights.

Jump Rope

The jump rope is an essential piece of workout gear for men. It can be carried anywhere with you and used at any time.

More importantly it will work your quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, forearms, deltoids and even your gastrocnemius! In addition your hand to eye co-ordination will improve and you’ll improve the strength of your bones.

Kettlebells or Dumbbells

kettlebell choosing workout gear When you’re working out the easiest way to get more from any workout is to add weight. This can be done in the form of a weighted vest; as mentioned above.

However, the weighted vest leaves your hands open.

Add kettlebells or dumbbells to your workout so you can push your body harder every time have the opportunity.

Making things more difficult will maximize the benefit of any workout and help you reach your goals faster.

Suspension Trainer

If you don’t always have time to get to the gym or the weather stops you from taking your daily run then a suspension kit is an essential part of your workout gear for men or women.

trx suspensionSuspension trainers use your body weight to improve your balance, flexibility, core stability and your overall strength.

Suspension trainer are very mobile and can be carried virtually anywhere. The bands simply attach or go over a stationary object allowing you to exercise in the air.

The moves force your muscles to constantly supporting your own body weight as well as undertaking an exercise.

Shifting position can increase or even decrease the load on specific muscles to ensure you target the right ones. It’s fun, easy to do and low impact, and should be part of any workout gear for men.

Here's just a few of the things you can do with a suspension trainer.

TRX Spider Man
TRX Row
TRX Single Bicep Curl
TRX Fallout
TRX Single Leg Squat
TRX Pushup
TRX Bicep Curl
TRX Y Fly
TRX Hamstring Curl
TRX Tricep Extension

Wearable Technology

man checking is watch workout gearThe best way to improve your fitness and achieve your goals is to track your progress. But tracking progress is just one reason to add a fitness watch or bracelet to your workout gear for men.

These gadgets track your activity, calories, heart rate and even your sleep patterns.

The data can be downloaded and accessed whenever you need it. The results will show you where you need to improve and where you are already doing well, which is a great way to stay motivated!

Add Some Tunes

Choosing the right workout gear must include a good quality set of headphones and your iPod or MP3 player.

man workout with headphones workout gearIt has been shown that the tempo of your music can actually increase your performance and endurance. Choose your music wisely and always keep it with a quality pair of headphones handy.

Don’t forget to invest in an arm strap for your music player; it will make it much easier to exercise without fear of losing it.

Gloves & Belt

If you’re undertaking weight training or even simply using weights in your workout routine you need to invest in a quality pair of weight training gloves and potentially a belt.

Weight belts in a fitness hall choosing workout gearThe reason this should be part of any workout gear for men is that the gloves will stop you from blistering your hands and potentially dropping the weights; which could cause a serious injury.

The belt is useful if you are lifting heavy weights as it can maintain the proper form and protect your back from injury.

Every Little Step Helps

Choosing the right gear is a great start, but it can only take you so far. To really make the most out of any routine you need to have motivation. This will help you to create a habit.

Once you have a habit you’ll still need support and advice to help ensure you continue to exercise and progress. Stagnation is almost as bad as giving up.

That’s what the Fit Father Project s here to help you with. It’s full of men like you who are ready to sacrifice and commit to a new life.

Their support and advice will be invaluable to you and should be seen as part of the best workout gear for men; just as your support will help others to achieve their goals.

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stuart-headshotStuart Carter
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project

Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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