4 Kit Bag Essentials For Strength Athletes
Being prepared is half the battle for the majority of things in life, whether it’s starting your working day right or achieving your fitness targets. Last minute planning and random actions will not get you moving in the direction you want to be, and this is vitally important when it comes to packing the kit bag. Your gym bag should be unique to fit your personal needs and fitness goals, but it should also carry a few essentials as well.
1. Wrist Wraps
Ever tried doing super heavy thrusters or front squats bare wristed? As well as leaving you with joints that feel like you’ve borrowed them from your granddad, training without wraps limits what you can lift because of the extra stability and mobility they give you.
Barrie-Jon Mulder said:
Keeping joints happy is essential if you’ve got a heavy barbell-based training schedule that puts your joints under pressure.
Pieter Vodden added advice on how to use the wraps:
You don’t need them for your warm-up lifts. But when you’re tucking into working sets, they’re solid wingmen. Just make sure you don’t wrap them too tight or you’ll cut off the circulation to your hands.
So if you’ve hit a plateau in your training, these tools can help you kick on to the next level. Also, don’t feel like using any of these is “cheating” – none of the equipment will reduce the amount of weight you’re lifting. Whether you’re a beginner or have been an avid gym-goer for years, you’ll benefit from a bag stocked for success.
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