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This page is about the sports accessories that are the most useful when you're at the gym. Some we own ourselves, some we don't, but we know a lot of people can benefit from them.
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Very useful, it's what our workouts take place on most of the time since we use a lot of free weights. Even if you're not practicing yoga, it's one of the basics of a workout.
Whenever you're working on a set of muscles that needs you to lay down or be on the floor in any way, a yoga mat will save you from the cold hard floor.
We do recommend placing a towel on it, to soak up sweat, since this is water-proof. It can be rolled up and taken with you anywhere, and it's easy to clean.
We use this every time we have a lot of cardio, or even on ab days. We recommend using it only during your workout since it won't be effective otherwise.
Don't expect overnight results, since a waist trimmer will help you reduce the overall fat percentage by sweating, so you need to be actively sweating in it for t to work.
For reference, we use it twice per week for 20 minutes each workout, then take it off when we're done.
A word of caution, have a towel on hand when you take it off, since you will be very sweaty.
Ascis is the most efficient brand as far as we've seen. Even if their shoes are made for running, they're great for the gym as well, since they're useful when you're doing your cardio on the treadmill or elliptical.
Everyone seems to agree this is one of the best pairs of shoes you can get for a workout, so we recommend it as well.
Best if they're not very chunky, and you need to be able to dry you hands fast. Their main benefit is protective your hands from the chafing and wear and tear on your palms when you're handling weights.
These are mostly open, so overheated and sweaty hands won't be a problem.
Knees are a joint that gets a lot of stress during a workout, s it's important to protect them well.
This is especially true if you have a knee condition that doesn't let you perform certain movements, like squatting low, or bending over.
If you're looking for support for your knees, consider getting knee sleeves.
If you're going after heavy gains, then you'll need a weightlifting belt. It keeps your lower back in line, and protected when you're lifting heavier weights.
You can use it with smaller weights as well, if you have lower back problems. It follows the same principles as the knee sleeves.
They're great if you're working on smaller muscle groups. For example we use them when we work on the lower part of the abdomen, raising our legs with these weights on.
We don't recommend running with ankle weights, but slow walking on an inclined treadmill will be alright.
In a pinch you could use them on your arms as well, but you need to fasten them very tight for that, so be careful.