Some of my favorite fitness essentials!
I’m not a gear junkie like a lot of fitness peeps but here are some of the things I can’t live without and that I use all the time!
There is much debate on whether protein supplements are essential for vegans. I don’t feel like they are necessary for the average person, but they can be extremely beneficial for goals that include weight loss or building muscle mass. I have a protein shake directly after lifting weights to ensure I’m supplying my muscles what they need for repair and growth. There are so many great whole food based vegan brands on the market these days!! Really any shaker cup will get the job done.
Some of my favorites are:
PlantFusion Multi Source Plant Protein Chocolate – 2 lbs
Other supplements I use for health:
TRX Home Suspension System
I have this at my gym but if I did do all my workouts at home like so many people I know this would be essential! It’s amazing for travel too! It uses bodyweight as resistance training and can be used it various ways for a full body workout! TRX Home Suspension Training Kit
MPG is my favorite brand of clothing so far! It can be found at a discount at Marshalls stores. Their capris fit me great and all their clothing is stylish and functional.
MPG Sport Women’s Capri Legging
Whether you are an endurance athlete, a weight lifter, a crossfitter or do competitive sports a foam roller is your best friend (and enemy lol). It is crucial for stretching and relaxation of joints and muscles. It hurts so good. SPRI High-Density Round Foam Roller
Resistance bands are essential for doing assisted pull-ups and chin-ups and working out at home. They are also useful to take traveling with you to do some resistance work in your hotel. Some gyms will have these but it’s always good to bring your own in case they don’t! Ultimate Resistance Band Set
Another thing great for travel is a thin Speed Jump Rope!
I wore this during the treacherous Spartan Race and it was just what I needed to hold some gels, my chapstick, and will hold your phone and keys comfortably against your body: Amphipod AirFlow Microstretch Belt
This is just enough water for me to comfortably carry on a 4 mile trail run and fits my small hand perfectly: FuelBelt Sprint 10-Ounce Palm Holder with Pocket
There are so many great things you can do with a stability ball, also known as a yoga ball. By providing an environment that is not flat you give your body a chance to work on your core and stabilization muscles. You could do a full body workout with a yoga ball! Tone Fitness Stability Ball, 65cm
I’m in love with Yoga Tune-up Balls for those hard to reach places, when you don’t have a foam roller nearby, and to travel with!
If you are going heavy (and I hope you are) then lifting straps can be very helpful for grip strength. I have little hands so if I want to go real heavy on certain moves like deadlifts and wide grip lat pulldowns these straps ensure I don’t lose my grip on the bar. These are the ones I have: Harbinger Big Grip No-Slip Pro Lifting Straps
What are your exercise and fitness essentials? Share with us in the comments!
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