Anyone who likes to hit the gym can vouch for the importance of being properly dressed and having the right equipment. Often times what we wear, how “sexy” we feel in it, and how much our equipment and routine motivate us are massive factors that contribute to how effective our end game workout actually is.
Think of hitting the gym in your jammies vs in the most flattering crop leggings that really enhance your body in all the right places and keep making you feel like your grind is finally showing.
Think of running endlessly without record on a treadmill vs having a watch that tells you of your accomplishments. Bench markers and feel good gadgets are crucial in high performance workouts, and thus, case in point.
Now think of a fellow athlete or fitness enthusiast. Whether it’s yourself or someone else, you can be certain that neither of you will want to settle for anything less than perfect. Gym is an investment, your body is an investment, and the things that you use to whip it up into the best possible shape are also an investment.
Calling out all fitness enthusiasts! Here’s a count of the 15 coolest fitness items you should own. Mind you, these aren’t items that just look “cool,” but ones that should be in every fitness freak’s bible as the most integral pieces of clothing, equipment, and gadgetry to own for an ultimate feel good workout. We’re saving you the struggle of trial and error with your purchases or the hassle of getting lost in a sporting store if you’re out to get these for someone else. This list is our comprehensively researched and unbiased guide to getting the best aids for your workouts or getting started in the right direction if you’re new to the game.
Fitbit Charge 3
Meet Fitbit’s “most advanced tracker ever” which was also voted 2018 Fitness Tracker of the Year by Wareable. This sleek and stylish wrist band comes with 24/7 heart rate tracking, fitness workout and sleep tracking with thorough integration and analysis into the watch’s smartphone application, smartphone notifications for calls, texts, and the like, up to 7 days of battery life, and even the ability to carry out contactless payment transactions directly from your smartwatch. This band is water resistant for up to 50 meters deep, making it a perfect all-round fitness watch for sports and activities both on the land and in water.
The Charge 3 is a fantastic real time tracker that gives you insight into more than just your general health and heart. It firstly uses the company’s most advanced sensors and algorithms to analyze your heart rate patters, creating charts and indicators that are personalized and custom tailored to your heart and activity pattern. It then uses this information to keep accurate tabs on your all day calorie burn including your walking, sitting, sleeping, eating, and working out. It also keeps tabs on real time heart rate zones such as your fat burn zone, cardio zone, or peak high intensity zone. This is perfect for when you’re in the gym and want to keep your heart rate in a certain range. The Charge 3 will monitor it and let your know.
Besides that, the smart fitness watch also keeps track of how long you’re asleep as well as how long you’re in light, deep, or REM sleep. It’s not just about quantity but also the quality of sleep. The integrated smart phone application keeps track of your sleeping patterns to give you better insight into your routine care. For any female users, the watch also gives you a reason to ditch your ovulation tracking smartphone apps for a smarter and more accurate wrist band. The Charge 3 keeps tabs on your period dates, intensities, durations, and runs its algorithm to send you notifications before during and after ovulation as well as in advance of your next period. In addition to all of this, the watch lets your set goals for yourself. If there’s a certain calorie limit you want to stay between or a certain number of steps or calories that you want to burn, you can feed this directly into the Fitbit application. It will then prompt you to workout or dial up your activity levels so that you meet your daily goal.
All in all, the Fitbit Charge 3 is an incredible smart and well-tailored personal gym assistant as well as motivator. It’s the perfect gadget to have on hand to keep track of your workouts and your progress. It also analyzes all of these factors for you and presents the data in colorful charts and graphs so that you can gauge your health habits for yourself. The device is currently retailing for USD $149.95 from the official Fitbit web store.
Bose Sound Sport Wireless Headphones
Your music defines your workout. It sets the pace, gears you up, gets your blood rushing with all the right motivations. If your music isn’t loud enough, or its quality is poor, or if you’re just constantly struggling to keep your earpiece buds in as you run, then that can be a massive workout turn off. It’s important to invest in the right kind of headphones to make for a truly energized and carefree workout. Our pick that’s up to this task is the Bose Sound Sport Wireless Headphones. They’re carefully engineered to deliver the best sound quality whilst ensuring that the earbuds stay secure and comfortable inside your ear.
These headphones are Bluetooth and NFC enabled, which means that you don’t have to deal with the stress of untangling long wires of earphones or keeping your phone immediately on hand so that the earphones can reach inside your ear as well. This gives you the versatility and comfort of movement in any way you so please. In addition to this, the headphones are also sweat and weather resistant which make them durable for even those hardcore workouts or jogs in the harsh weather. Sweating too much will not be a worry that holds back your workouts anymore.
These headphones also come with an integrated Bose Connect smartphone application that allows you to set them up the way you want so that you’re not wasting your time mid workout to configure your playback or playlist. The app manages your Bluetooth connection with the headphones and seamlessly switches between answering phone calls, listening to music, and watching movies from any of your paired devices. These headphones are currently retailing for USD $149.95 at the Bose online store.
With the two most integral fitness gadgets out of the way, let’s take a look at some other essentials that you should definitely incorporate into your fitness routine.
Saucony Liberty ISO
These shoes are engineered to have a stretch mesh fit that adapts to the shape and movement of your foot to give you the best comfort and protection as you run, especially for longer distances. There are independent bands that wrap around the middle area of your foot as well to provide heightened support and security so that you can endure longer distances of running well. It’s hard to come by a negative review of these shoes. They’re highly comfortable and are geared to provide comfort for not only the short or long-distance runners, but runners of all needs, locations, and durations. The shoes have a firm grip to the ground and are designed to prevent slips and injuries as well both to the foot within the shoe and the runner wearing it. These runners are retailing for USD $160.00 on the Saucony website.
P90X Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope
If you’re looking to tone muscle or amp up the intensity of your workouts, you’re probably looking at adding weights to your routine. Did you ever think that those weight could be added to a run of the mill activity like jump roping? The P90X Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope allows you to add (or remove) one-pound weights that are stored inside the handles. Adding these to your jump roping exercise can help tone your arm muscles more intensely as you perform a rather basic cardio activity. Get these for USD $29.99 from Kohl’s on any regular day, but on sale today for USD $21.99.
Mark Bell’s Sling Shot Hip Circle Sport Pack
Resistance bands are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the gym. Tie them to the pull up bar and put one foot inside to give you assistance for pull ups. Wrap them around your leg and use them to add tension to your squats or jumps. Wherever you choose to fit them into your routine, they’re adding extra tension to your exercise and demanding your body to perform better to combat it. The Mark Bell’s Sling Shot Hip Circle Sport Pack comes with a few different resistance bands of different resistance values. You can use them to customize the kind of support or resistance you need around your quads, ankles, knees, hips, and around your foot for upper body pull up exercises. The set is available for USD $40.00 on Mark Bell Sling Shot.
Lululemon All The Right Places Crop II
These workout pants are one of the most flattering fits out on the market yet. They’re designed with four-way fabric that keeps your dry and odor free as well as tight and tucked in in all the places around your legs and core area. Every part of your leg is kept tight and held well together in place so that you can look into the mirror and smile at your figure instead of feeling conscious about the loose skin hanging around your lower body. These pants also come with one massive pocket that is large enough to store your cellphone or any other things you may need to keep on your person during your workout. They’re also a one piece tight fit which means they’re zip free, button free, and just all cloth that hugs your body and holds it flatteringly together. Head over to the Lululemon online store to get these beauties for USD $118.00.
TRX Home 2 Suspension Trainer Kit
This is perhaps the only piece of equipment you need to turn your home into a low key but effective gym. These suspension bands use your own body weight to create resistance as well a support for the exercises that you do. They are easily installed anywhere around the house with the upgrade suspension anchor or door anchor that comes in the box. They’re removable and come with a mesh bag as well so that you can take them off of your home walls and into the regular gym to hook up to their equipment as well for an added layer of workout support. These bands give you the full body workout you need from a hook off of any door, handle, wall or even tree branch. (although the last option isn’t recommended). A study revealed that doing suspended push ups using the TRX engaged the core up to 184% than regular push ups. Use these to do less but get more our of your workout because after all, it’s about quality not quantity. The set retails for USD $199.95 but is currently on sale on the TRX Training website for USD $169.95.
Sugarmat Travel Yoga Mat
Traditional gym yoga mats usually weigh in around 3 kilograms and roll up into a massive tire of rubber and foam. They’re inconvenient to carry around and often get left behind because of this. The Sugarmat travel yoga mat weighs one third of the weight of traditional yoga mats and is a sleek and foldable design that can be carried around easily in your gym bag or travel luggage to keep with you on the go for whenever the Zen strikes. You’d think they compromised on quality or material in making the mat this light, but in fact, it’s made with an absorbent suede and rubber combination that not only keeps it from turning in to a puddle of sweat mess, but also increases the grip on the mat, the more wet it gets. Say bye bye to slipping off of your yoga mat in embarrassing gym accidents and feel proud as you carry around this beautiful yoga mat in the personalized bag that comes along with it. Get one for yourself for USD $69.00 from the Sugarmat Online Store.
These gloves are ideal for runners who like to run at late and cold hours of the night or early mornings even when there’s a general safety concern of running the streets alone at that hour as well. They are warm and comfortable to keep your hands protected from the night hour’s cold, and they ‘re also smartphone friendly which means that you can still operate your cellphone while your hands are in the glove. They have a reflective palm strip sewn in as well as a palm pocket for you to store any cash or keys in. The gloves also have an LED light which shines up to 35 feet beyond, making them the right safety and security gadget to have on when you’re running through alleys or shady areas of town. With these, you’ve got no more reason to fear or worry as they’re on you to protect more than just your hands. Get yourself a pair on sale from the regular price of USD $39.99 to USD $15.95 from Mangata Lites.
Ivy Park Net BodySuit
Our idol, Queen Bey is the co-founder of Ivy Park, a fitness clothing line. And knowing that she had a hand in designing this fitness outfit will surely amp up your sexy vibes when you head to the gym feeling hot like Queen Bey. There’s no surprise that these outfits are functional yet also provocative and flattering just like anything our very own Queen would wear. The outfits on the line are stylish and fashionable. They can also be repurposed for more than just your gym session. Fit them with a pair of jeans and wear them out to your girlfriend gatherings or put on some gym shorts and hit your cardio. You do you and whatever works for you, as long as you’re feeling sexy at the end of it and your workouts are empowered with almost divine inspiration, that’s all that matters. Get your Bey inspo from Nordstorm for USD $30.00.