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5 Essential Items to Enhance Your Gym Experience

Having a good workout routine is a key part to staying healthy and losing weight. Having the right gym items is important to making sure your workout is as effective as possible. Here’s a list of the 5 essential gym bag items that are must-haves if you want to enhance your gym experience.

1.  Protein Shaker Bottle

Shaker bottles are great for you to make and take your protein shakes on the go. Some of them even have a wire ball whisk so that you don’t have to worry about lumpy protein anymore. Anyone that wants to get the most out of their workout knows that they need the right combination of supplements and drinks. Shaker bottles make it easy to do that.

Here’s some of the top shaker bottle brands:

  • BlenderBottle
  • SmartShake
  • Cyclone Cup

2.  Heart Rate Monitor

A heart rate monitor/pedometer allows you to take your workouts to the next level. They allow you to track calories burned, miles walked, your heart rate, and even how many hours of sleep you’re getting each night. Now you can master your workout by knowing exactly how many calories you’re burning per exercise and then tailoring your workouts to your needs.

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Here’s some of the top heart rate monitor brands:

  • Fitbit
  • Withings
  • Jawbone

3.  Moisture Wicking Towel

This is for your convenience and for the other people using the gym as well. No one likes sweaty workout equipment that someone else just used. These light-weight towels make it easy to wipe away the sweat from off of yourself or equipment. No need to be the person who’s rudely dripping sweat from machine to machine. Take a 30 second break during your cool down rep and wipe yourself off.

Here’s some of the top moisture wicking brands:

  • Bondi Band
  • Discovery Trekking Outfitters
  • Manduka

4.  Workout Log

Tracking the exercises and repetitions you do is perhaps the most important element to having a successful gym experience. It’s very difficult to see where you’re at and improve if you don’t track it! There’s several free printable work logs online and workout tracking apps out there that make recording your workouts a cinch.

Here’s some of the best apps for tracking your workouts:

  • Gym Hero
  • FitNotes
  • Strong

5.  Kinesiology Tape

Maybe you’ve seen runners or even some Olympic athletes with bright colored tape on their knees or shoulders and wondered what that was. Well it’s likely kinesiology tape. This tape allows you to keep your range of motion while helping provide stability and support for your muscles and joints. It’s sweat-proof so it won’t fall off while you’re working out. These are a great way to help prevent and heal common gym injuries.

Here’s some of the top kinesiology tape brands:

  • StrengthTape
  • KT Tape
  • Rock Tape

If you make sure that you have these 5 things in your gym bag each time you work out you’ll make all your workouts extremely effective. I hope this list helps you enhance your workouts and helps you take them to the next level!

Author’s bio:

Ryan Skidmore is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. He currently loves spending his time training in the beautiful red rock of St George, Utah. You can learn more about what Ryan does when he’s not running at Endevr.

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