During the colder months working out, you’ll want to stay warm by wearing some additional outwear to the gym such as a suitable jacket – but how do you make a decision on which one is right for you?
Well, a decent jacket for the gym needs to have a number of key attributes if it’s going to allow you to train at maximum intensity without interfering with your workout, we round-up the key things to look for below…
The jacket must be able to withstand all weather conditions and be durable enough to handle all the rigours and stresses of strains of being taken through a high-intensity workout.
Built-in Sweat Lodges
When you’re in the gym training hard you’re going to sweat – alot, and the jacket must be able to absorb and deal with this moisture in a way that keeps you comfortable throughout your workout and doesn’t distract from the job in hand.
Type of Fabric
It’s vital to get the right kind of fabric for comfort, ease of movement and durability – look for garments made from fabrics such as Gore-Tex and Nylon for peak performance whilst you are working out.
As well as the sweat that will inevitably build up on you during a workout, there may be times when you train outside and if the weather is not on your side, then you need something that is not going to become heavy and cumbersome whilst training if it starts to rain.
Again look for the right fabric so that as your body temperature rise and falls as you workout and cool down again, you never become excessively hot or cold because you are not wearing the right type of garments. This is why you need to ensure your jacket is highly breathable if you are going to be wearing it whilst conducting your workout.
North Face Hyper Air GTX
This is classed as the most breathable, ultra-lightweight jacket ever, with it’s waterproof shell crafted of Gore-Tex® which helps to combat wind, rain and sweat during your workout. It’s design means it is also highly durable which is another reason why it’s our top recommendation for you if you are looking for a jacket to wear whilst working out.
One of the key ingredients to any full-on, high-octane workout has to be the right music – and that means ensuring that you have a decent pair of gym headphones that not only provide the required soundtrack, but also don’t unnecessarily interfere with your workout or become a distraction in any way.
That’s why we’re rounding up a selection of the best headphones that you can buy for the gym….check out our personal recommendations below:
Optoma NuForce BE Sport3
These are superb for audi quality and get on our list as they are comfortable, very lightweight and have a battery life of up to 10 hours.
Monster iSport Victory
These are built for pure comfort in the gym as well as sound quality – they fit amazingly well due to their sleek design and the fact they come with a range of tips and wings as standard so you can tailor them to your exact fit.
Bose SoundSport Pulse
These make our list for pure innovation – they are the first headphones which come with a built in heart rate monitor, which means they simply had to be included due to their design that is tailored specifically towards the health and fitness market.
Gibson Trainer Ti100
These headphones also contain some innovation that caught our eye as health and fitness professionals – they have a built in flashing light on the back of the headphones designed for night running and fitness safety. They also come with a wide range of different tips so that they can be optimised for comfort for the gym.
These headphones simply have to be considered as Bose are the official supplier of headsets to coaches in the NFL, meaning they seriously know a thing or two about making headphones for the sports and health and fitness market.
So perhaps not surprising there’s some great innovation here aimed squarely at health and fitness enthusiasts – these headphones contain hydrophobic cloth that keeps sweat out whilst you are working out, and they come with an in-line mic and an extension cable for versatility in the gym. All in all these are an excellent contender which should always be on your shortlist when you are selecting a pair of headphones for use in the gym.
When choosing the right sports bra it’s important to get things right, and when you are exercising hard this particular area of your body needs a lot more support and protection than normal – so follow our essential tips below to make certain that you get the right sports bra for you:
Get the Bra Type Right
The most common mistake that women make when choosing a sports bra is getting the cup and band wrong – to get this right either try and seek out an expert fitter who can advise you correctly, or use a proper sports bra advisory website (such as this one) to get all the advice and guidance that you need to make sure you get this essential piece of gym wear spot on.
Get the specifications right
Buying the right sports bar might sound simple, but there’s a vast array of options which can confuse things unless you’re getting the proper expert advice – you have to choose between options such as compression vs encapsulation, racerback or widestraps, and pullover or backclasp.
Get expert advice from someone who can take you through these various options and advise you properly on each one.
Test your chosen sports bra by giving it a stretch
Once you have a particular sports bra in mind, perform a series of test on the bra by pulling and stretching the straps, the cups, and the band and side panels – you’re looking to test how much motion and flexibility is in each area of the sports bra, so you know how much room for error you’ve got in terms of getting the perfect fit and support whilst you are in the gym training.
One thing is guaranteed when you go to the gym and workout to a decent intensity – you’re going to sweat – alot! That’s why you need the right clothing to wear to the gym, so we’ve produced a run-down of how to make sure that you choose exactly the right clothes to wear to the gym – read on to find out more…..
Forgot about everything else – the number one priority for anything that you wear to the gym should be comfort. Workouts where you push yourself to the maximum are hard enough without having to worry about things like irritating chaffing or itchiness from your sweaty gymclothes, so make sure you choose the right fabrics and fit to ensure that everything you wear to the gym is 100% comfortable and does not distract you from the job at hand.
Choose the right fabric
When you are looking for gymwear clothing, you should opt for workhorse fabrics that can easily withstand the rigours and demands of a heavy workout, and this means going for breathable synthetic fabrics that either contain polypropylene or for fabrics such as COOLMAX® and SUPPLEX®.
They will allow the sweat to be evaporated from the skin but do not soak clothing and leave you feeling overly sweaty and uncomfortable.
Clothing that is made out of Cotton, rubber or plastic materials should be avoided, as they keep sweat from evaporating which is likely to raise your body temperature too high during your workout.
Get the Right Fit
It’s important to wear clothes that are loose and comfortable enough, but be careful that your gymwear is not overly baggy if you are taking part in activities such as biking where for example trousers could get tangled up in the pedals of the bike.
Have different clothing for different times of year
Naturally you’ll need a whole different range of clothing for different times of year, as the climate will vary greatly and it’s important to stay at the right temperature when you are working out for maximum comfort and performance.
So you need a range of clothing for each season that suits the various conditions, and for example in very cold weather during the winter months, be sure to include some of our recommended accessories such as hats, gloves and waterproof over-jackets to ensure you keep nice and dry from the rain and are not bogged down during your workout by clothing becoming soaking wet.