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My Favourite Gear To Workout In

Some people walk into the gym with shorts they still used in their high school gym class and a simple t-shirt and destroy their personal records. Not me – I know that gear doesn’t make the man (or woman) but I can admit that I’ve fallen into the workout fashion craze, and not only like to be comfortable when I workout, but look good as well. And of course, functionality is important too. With that in mind, I’m going to score my favourite gear to workout in so you can try them out if you like.

Music To My Ears

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No matter how good the music is, I can’t workout listening to whatever is playing at my box. I like to be in my zone and listen to my own playlist that keeps me laser focused and motivated throughout my workout. For me, standard headphones posed two issues – functionality and quality. When you’re deadlifting, squatting and doing functional exercises, there is nothing worse than my headphones getting tangled and yanked from my ear. The second issue is quality. I like my music clear and my bass deep.

The Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones serve both those problems for me, and are comfortable to wear.

They go behind the neck so taking them off can be done quickly and seamlessly too.

Comfort: 4/5

Style: 5/5

Functionality: 5/5

 

The Top

gym-sharkFor me, the most important piece of attire is my shirt. It protects me from getting cuts, provides compression and shows off the muscles in all the right places. I like them to be micromodal too so that it keeps me dry while letting my body breathe. My go to shirts have been Gymshark Phantom’s, mainly because of their colour selection and great quality. They’re a bit expensive when compared to other brands, but one or two should last you through the week.

Comfort: 5/5

Style: 5/5

Functionality: 5/5

 

 

The Bottoms

Blackout_LeggingsAdmittedly, I also like wearing leggings under my shorts. I’m just one of those guys – the DRY technology is great at keeping me feeling fresh during a workout and the compression helps my performance during heavy lifts. I’ve tried most of the brands, but Gymshark wins again with their amazing patterns. When I’m working on light routines, I prefer more funky meggings from Kapow Meggings which always gets the conversation going at the box. They come in all colours and designs.

Comfort: 4/5

Style: 5/5

Functionality: 3/5

 

Always Use Protection

My gym bag is always stocked with performance, rehabilitative and preventative gear meant to help me stay fit and injury free as much as possible. The most important things I will mention are always the smallest – lacrosse balls and kinesiology tape. The lacrosse ball helps me get the kinks and knots that inevitably surface during a workout. The kinesiology tape helps manage and decompress pain that may arise from rotations, cramping and muscle issues.

To prevent injuries and increase performance on a larger scale, I also use wrist wraps to protect my wrists and knee sleeves to help me squat bigger weight.

Comfort: 5/5

Style: 5/5

Functionality: 5/5

How I Succeed As A Vegan Athlete

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One of the most frequent questions I receive from my peers is “How do you succeed at being an athlete as a vegan?” All vegan jokes aside, it is a serious question. Many people have trouble meeting their protein in take on a regular diet. As a vegan, receiving enough nutrients and still being able to perform at the peak levels of my peers is a real challenge. Surprisingly though, it is not really that tough to accomplish. Today, protein is easily accessible in many forms, and with the clean eating craze going around, it is easy to find diets that include vegetables and proteins that are high in nutrients.

Tips For Vegan Athletes

  1. Eat more: Straight out of the gate, as a vegan you will have to eat more. You don’t consume as many proteins as your non vegan colleagues, yet still expend the same amount of energy when you exercise. Not to mention that vegetables can only provide you with the necessary calories if you consume the right amounts.
  2. Embrace raw foods: As a vegan athlete, you want to eat foods that provide the most amount of nutrients. One sure way to accomplish that is to get accustomed with eating raw fruits and vegetables. Raw foods retain more of their nutrients than when they are cooked and use less energy to digest, meaning you get the most out of your meal and feel great on your diet.
  3. Workout smarter: Recovery is the most important stage for an athlete, and a proper diet can help expedite the process. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work out smarter. Use the proper gear to keep your back, legs and wrist loose and don’t underestimate the benefits of stretching and rest days.

This is a guest post from vegan athlete and crossfit enthusiast Joe Kay. Check out his blog for additional information on crossfit and business.