After years of working out, racing, and teaching classes, I’ve seen it all when it comes to workout gear, mishaps, and the supplements that actually work. Half the battle of your workouts is being properly prepared with the right extras to take your workout (and motivation!) to the next level. I’ve got you covered on the four must-haves that will change your game for better.
Hair elastics that actually work.
As someone who has logged thousands of miles on the trail and in the gym, I’ve tried just about every hair tie imaginable. Over the years, I’ve had waist length hair all the way up to a lob, and extensively process my hair color, which means I need something gentle but still effective. These ties are the ONLY ones that actually do what they say, and are actually unbreakable. I’ve never had one snap; they simply stretch out after months of wear. It takes me about a year to get through all of them (unless I lose them- which is a somewhat regular occurrence), and they don’t break the bank like those stupid ribbon ties, or rip out your hair like the sport ties.
No fuss headphones.
We have all had the struggle of crappy fitting headphones, ones that hurt, and ones that break after a couple weeks. I’ve trained for and ran multiple ultra-marathons, so finding a legit pair of headphones that will withstand the elements, my sweat, and not fall out is HUGE. My ears are small, so it’s always been disheartening never being able to wear earbuds, as most fall out while walking. While I love my Dr. Dre Beats Studio Over Ear Headphones, I need something that’s more practical for the gym and the trail. These are THE BEST, bar none: clear sound, comfortable and adjustable buds, and lightweight. They’ll be the best $29-59 you’ll ever spend, and put your Apple headphones to shame.
Fatigue/travel friendly water bottles.
If you’re a corporate jet setter or just need a bottle that’s not going to take up half your briefcase/backpack, these bottles are the best. Both offer a small mouth, making them easy to drink out of and make spills less of an issue, especially when you’re tired and gasping for air mid-workout. They’re both pretty resilient too, I can’t tell you how many times my Bkr has flown off a treadmill or gotten kicked in a group fitness class and not shattered. The Nathan bottle is LIFE CHANGING. Being rubber, you can literally smash it anywhere. It’s my go-to for working out, hiking, and anything travel related.
Electrolytes that don’t taste like sh*t.
These packets have changed my life, from grueling races, to kicking hangovers in the ass. It’s literally like an IV without the doctor’s visit. It reminds me a little of Hint water, with an electrolyte kick to it. I take it everywhere!
Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography