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Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of fitness gear. I have four dresser drawers, 1 shelf in my closet and countless shoe shelves dedicated to my gear.
As I look through my gear I realize there are certain items I would be completely lost without. Those tried and true products that you will buy time and time again and so I thought I would share them with you. This post is not sponsored but I am an ambassador for some of these companies (because I love their products).
I rave about the FlipBelt to anyone who will listen. I wear this thing for all fitness activities. I wear it to run, I wear it when I’m lifting weights to hold my phone, I wear it hiking. Basically, I don’t leave the house without it.
The FlipBelt is the purple band you see poking out around my waist
So what is it? Basically, it’s a band that goes around your waist to store your stuff. An udpated fanny pack if you will.
When I’m running it holds my phone (no matter which one you have and no need to upgrade your belt when you change your phone), house keys, running fuel (including real food like potatoes when I’m using that for training), gloves, etc. The one little band can hold a lot of stuff. I really like it because it’s flat so if you don’t have stuff in it, it hides under your shirt and doesn’t look like a dorky fanny pack. Plus it doesn’t move. No bouncing, it stays put and has never once chafed me. It’s a runners dream and I seriously think everyone needs to own one.
Pro Compression Socks
Compression socks were a game changer for me when I discovered them. They help with recovery, they are great for travelling and I’ll be honest, I like the way they complete my running outfit. 😉
There are multiple companies that make compression socks but I’m a big fan of Pro Compression because they make the cutest styles including the limited edition sock of the month. They also always have sales and who doesn’t love a good deal?
I almost always do my weight lifting in the morning. I don’t know about you but in the morning my fingers are swollen sausages which makes getting my wedding ring off next to impossible. Every morning it would be an eternal struggle that left me frustrated and with hurting fingers until I got lifting gloves! Now I just leave my rings on and my rings don’t get scratched plus I don’t get calluses. Sometimes I miss the calluses because they show my hard work, but so do my muscles so who needs ugly hands?
The lifting gloves I use are from Lorna Jane. They do their job and say girl power on the, win-win! Also just as an FYI to my local friends, Lorna Jane is starting up in Canada! If you live in the Calgary area, you can contact them to set up an in-home private shopping event.
Mizuno Wave Catalysts
Obviously, if you’re a runner, you can’t live without your running shoes. Choosing your favourite running shoe is like choosing a favourite child. But if I had to pick just one it would be the Mizuno Wave Catalysts. Although I was a fan of the Wave Inspires for years (and still am) when these came out this year it was love at first run. They are a support shoe that light enough for speedwork but offer enough cushioning for long runs.
Lululemon Speed or Run Times Shorts
My favourite running shorts hands down are made by Lululemon. I like both the speed and run times shorts, I think they are exactly the same except the run time shorts are longer. The inner liner in these shorts stay put which means no picking fabric out of your butt while running! Plus, again, it is kind of about how you look and they make the cutest patterns and colours!
And to go with these shorts, a favourite fitness product of mine is definitely body glide. Without that lovely stuff slathered all over my thighs, there is no way I’d be running in cute shorts!
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
I bought my heart rate monitor a long time ago to see how many calories I was burning in a workout. After a while, I stopped caring about that and it started gathering dust. That is until I started using heart rate training during my last marathon training cycle. That heart rate monitor came on every run with me. I love it because it’s very simple to use and I’ve never chafed once from the band even after a 21-mile run. That was a huge improvement compared to my Garmin heart rate monitor that chafes me just walking around the block.
Tell me what are your can’t live without fitness products? Do any of mine make your list?
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