MY WORKOUT ESSENTIALS
If you’re following me on Instagram you will probably have seen me working up a sweat on the treadmill A LOT lately (you might also have seen my secret jump rope skills lol). In order to get my heart racing and blood pumping I have to put 100% effort into my exercise, you know, really get into the zone. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than leaving the gym or a workout class feeling like you didn’t give it your all while you had the chance. For me, getting into that headspace is all about having the right tools; good-fitting, supportive clothing is a MUST, as is a comfy pair of ‘walking on the moon’ sneakers, not to mention some quality headphones and a playlist that makes you feel SO invincible that you could *almost* run a marathon…almost. I know a lot of you guys are always asking me what essentials I bring with me to the gym, so I thought I’d put a post together to show you my workout must-haves.
CAN’T HIT UP THE GYM WITHOUT THESE:
For me, the most important item in my list of workout essentials is a GOOD sports bra. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that finding a sports bra that actually does what it’s supposed to do is an almost impossible task! I’ve actually been known to double up and wear TWO because I just couldn’t seem to find a bra that keeps everything in place *and* feels comfortable at the same time. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally discovered a sports bra that actually works and > this < is it. I discovered the brand Shock Absorber while scrolling through Amazon and haven’t looked back since. The clue is in the title with this one, the Shock Absorber is the first sports bra that I’ve found that is actually super duper supportive and doesn’t leave me feeling like I’m bouncing around all over the place (lol). What makes these bras so great is that they have adjustable straps at the back so you’re able to play around with the level of support that feels right for you. I’ve seen a ton of reviews from ladies with bigger breasts who say that the Shock Absorber works just as well for them too. I started to lose faith in this bra, but I realised it was because I needed a smaller size. Give it a go and let me know what you think. I’m pretty confident you’ll love it!
Possibly the most obvious item on my list of workout essentials is a pair of comfortable sneakers. A couple of weeks back I picked up a pair of the Saucony Women’s Guide Running Shoes which have really changed things for me. I always knew that it was super important to wear a pair of good fitting supportive sneakers (especially for running) but until I slipped these babies on I didn’t realise just how much the perfect pair of shoes could impact a workout. These Saucony sneakers feel like they were made especially for me, they really mould to the shape of my feet and the big cushiony sole makes it feel like I’m running on actual air. I’ve actually been enjoying my workouts SO much more since I started wearing these shoes, it’s amazing how much the right sneakers can improve the way that you move your body. I would recommend these 100%!
For workout clothes I pretty much always wear a mixture of LuluLemon and Adidas gear. My ultimate favourite workout top is the ‘Box It Out’ short sleeve tee by LuluLemon. I love the way that it looks because you can tie it up at the back but it’s also really lightweight so it keeps me comfortable and cool. Whenever someone asks me what workout bottoms I would recommend I pretty much always tell them to get the Adidas by Stella McCartney Climacool Leggings. They’re quite pricey but in my opinion they’re absolutely worth it. These leggings do a great job at sculpting your body and sucking you in in all the right places which feels amazing. They’re also regulated with Climacool technology which helps to regulate the temperature of your body while you’re running. Defo give them a try, they’re my go-to.
ON MY GYM WISHLIST:
As well as talking you through the items that I won’t head to the gym without, I thought I’d show you some of the workout pieces that I’ve been drooling over lately. First up I just have to mention this incredible jersey and scuba sweatshirt which is part of the Adidas by Stella McCartney range. I definitely couldn’t wear this on the treadmill because I would get waaaaaay too hot, but it looks like the perfect piece to throw on for the post workout walk home (I would defo wear this as part of my everyday wardrobe too!) I also spotted these leggings which match the sweatshirt perfectly and now I can’t get this combo out of my head! If these Adidas X Stella leggings are anywhere near as good as the pair that I own I know they will feel uhhhhmazing. This pair is made with Adidas’ Climalite technology which helps to absorb sweat, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout your workout.
We live just around the corner from our gym so I don’t usually pack a gym bag but I will admit that I’ve had my eye on this Adidas X Stella gym bag ever since I saw it on the Net-A-Porter site. I definitely wouldn’t have enough stuff to fill this bag since we live so close but it’s super cool so I’m not gonna stop being all heart-eyed over it any time soon. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Yoga mat and I think I’ve found *the one* on the Lululemon site. I don’t actually do Yoga all that often (although it’s definitely something I want to get back into!) but mats like these are ideal for doing pre and post workout stretches so this is definitely something I’m going to invest in. This mat is 5mm thick so it’s extra cushiony and soft. Lululemon have a large range of different mats on their site so you can find one that’s perfect for you and your needs. Another thing that I’ve been eyeing up for a while is the Liquid Yoga Stress-Free Space Spray by Mio Skincare. You might have heard me talk about Mio before because I absolutely swear by their Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak for soothing my muscles post workout. The Stress-Free Spray looks just as dreamy because it’s actually described as ‘high intensity body care in a bottle’. All you do with this stuff is spray a little of the product onto your pulse points or on your pillow post workout and let the blend of chamomile, lavender and lemon calm your body and mind. If this spray is anything as soothing as the bath soak I know I’m going to love it.
Hopefully you guys found this helpful and enjoyed getting a sneak peek into my workout essentials. I’m always on the hunt for clothes and accessories that might help to make my trip to the gym feel like less of a chore. Please let me know in the comments down below if there is anything that you think I’m missing from my list! I’d love to know if there’s an item that you guys simply can’t head to the gym without. I’m also ALWAYS looking for decent playlists to listen to on spotify (you know, the kind that makes you feel like a badass workout queen!) so if you know any good ones then defo let me know!
Shock Absorber Sports Bra
The BEST sports bra you will ever wear
BKR Water Bottle
Saucony Womens Guide 10W Running Shoes
Your feet will thank you later
Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones
I swear by these
Mio Skincare 'Liquid Yoga' Bath Soak
Soothes muscles and relieves aches