Or alternatively, “What do I bring with me to every session?” There are a tonne of products out there for gym goers. Some really good stuff. And some absolute rip offs! So what is worth your time?Firstly get yourself a notepad, not because I need you to take notes of what I’m saying (that would be fucking stupid if you think about it), but to take notes on your workout program. I am sick and tired of seeing people training without recording their weights etc … How are you supposed to measure your improvements if you aren’t recording them? Put it in the bloody bag!
Secondly a bottle of water, and possibly some pro-plus (caffeine pills). Excellent pre-workout supplements for a fraction of the price! Buy yourself some Squat Shoes too. These were bloody expensive (£90) but they really make a big difference. I’d say if you’re squatting around the 90kg+ mark they’re worth the investment. Anything less and I would work on technique before spending your hard-earned cash!
I have Liquid chalk for deadlifts (stops my hands from slipping off the bar). And I have lifting straps for some pulling movements – but not all, if you’re constantly using ways to improve your grip artificially then you won’t ever strengthen it. I keep a weight lifting belt around, for heavy deadlifts and squats. Or at least I did until some fucker stole it! Who steals a £12 belt?
And that’s about it …. This is all the equipment I need to train, and to be honest I could manage without almost all of them (other than the water and the notepad). Hope this helps give you an idea of what to buy for the gym
P.S. I have a completely FREE facebook group dedicated to all things beer and exercise related (I try to work beer into most interactions)
Please click the link —> https://www.facebook.com/groups/1226664170696049/
And ask for an invite (loads of exercise and nutrition advice coupled with pictures of awesome beers)
P.P.S. You should be doing more pull ups in life! Here’s a video of me doing like 4 of them (and then I was knackered)
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.