In this post I’m going to run through some of the equipment you may want to invest in to make life a little easier at the gym
The most essential bit of kit you need, use it to plan your lifts, record PB’s etc.
Another essential item. Use it sparingly to help grip the barbell, Kettlebells and pull up bars. The liquid chalk is recommended over powdered chalk for convenience and durability.
As you’ll be doing a mix of training modalities a bare foot shoe or Crossfit trainer will be best for your needs. Normal running trainers have too much cushioning for lifting and will make you unstable. Here are a few examples of recommended shoes…… Reebok Nanos, Nike Metcons, New Balance Minimus and Inovate F-Lite.
Olympic Lifting Shoes
These do make a huge difference in stability for Olympic Lifting due to the hard sole and straps. Many people also find the slightly raised heel can aid mobility. Any lifting shoe by Adidas or Nike is recommended.
A lifting belt is a good investment when working around the 80% of 1RM range. Contrary to popular belief it is not a back support but an aid to inter abdominal pressure.
Wrist straps/ knee wraps
If you have issues with knees and wrists these can help, but don’t use them if you don’t need to and don’t become dependant upon them.
Only needed if your working in the barbell club for certain lifts or as a mobility aid on front squats.
Foam roller/ mobility ball
Well recommended for recovery.