My Fitness Journey Part 2: Training Gear – when the feathers do make the bird
April 13, 2016
Since I started this crazy but empowering fitness journey seven months ago I’ve reached amazing goals with pure determination and motivation from key people in my life. The fact that I work with a personal trainer a few times a week, my close girlfriend is a personal trainer too and the rest of the time I train on my own with those two firing me on helps to no end. The support I’ve had from family, readers and brands (especially the guys and girls at FOOTGEAR (pertaining to this feature specifically) have been absolutely phenomenal, mind blowing and completely humbling. Without starting off soppy – without them this snowball effect would have been a bumpy ride and I welcome each and every challenge head on. I’ve lost the weight equivalent of a whole person in seven months in a healthy, but more about that in one of my later features in My Fitness Journey.
I think the most crucial part of your training gear is obviously the clothes you train in and even more important than that, the shoes you wear. Wearing the wrong shoes can damage knees, give you shin splints and hurt your feet in general. In my fitness journey I started last year I’ve become a little picky when it comes to the training clothes and shoes I wear. Having the right workout clothes can not only keep you safe but it can also make your session more effective. I find it difficult to stay focussed on form, tensing and my core when clothes are uncomfortable, pulling, wet or chaffing. Light clima-dry materials absorb sweat away from skin, dry quickly so you stay cool or and stop sweat irritation to start on the skin. This will allow you to work longer and harder towards reaching your fitness goals. Depending on what type of exercise you do, you’ll need a fair amount of flexibility from your training gear in order to move comfortably without pulling. If not you’ll end up doing the movement wrong and you can end up injuring yourself which may put you out for weeks. Bending, flexing, reaching and moving should be as unrestricted as possible and can only be achieved optimally with the right materials. Functionality is also a bit plus point for me because instead of pulling up and twisting around the arm as you move, some long sleeved training tops have a thumb hole in the cuff, some tights have a zip in the back for keys or an ipod and even training towels come with zips now to store keys. Fitness gear is not just about looking the part (and hot), it’s also about the technical demands your new lifestyle have. Either you’re all in or not at all – in this there is no half measures. Every beast has it’s nature and this one can make or break it when it comes to your body. As seen in the picture above I love wearing proper training leggings (and of course I adore anything ADIDAS – anything from them is absolutely dream worthy in my eyes). These leggings specifically are super flexible, allow freedom of movement and stay put without pulling in any direction. The pink training top I bought at H&M in the V&A Waterfront and found the material very light and easy to train in. H&M has some amazing training gear and I try to get there often to pick up some new items. Not only is it really really really well priced, the quality and finish is good and the designs are modern and edgy.
When it comes to training shoes I tend to be a bit of a diva. I have become a sneaker freak of note. Wearing the right trainers are so crucial – nothing worse than a shoe that tires your arch, causes blisters or make your feet ache. Currently I’m obsessing over my ASICS GEL PULSE 7 G-TX trainers. They are extremely comfortable and I find my feet don’t get tired in them at all. Currently the Rolls Royce in the Asics line, these babies have superb underfoot cushioning, have a trademarked Gore-Tex upper that keeps rain out, offers rear and front cushioning so that every time your foot lands it is supremely comfortable and your foot is guided with a flex-groove down the outsole. Your foot rolls smoothly and is perfectly set up for the push off with the Super SpEVA midsole, for a great bounce-back. It basically feels like nothing on your foot because they are so light, your foot it perfectly supported from all angles, even guided and is still able to breath no matter how long you train or far you run. These Asics are available in quite a few colors and were sponsored to be my FOOTGEAR which are absolute experts on what your feet need when you do a certain type of training – if you need to know what trainers your sport requires the staff at Footgear are extremely knowledgable. Visit their website and you’ll be quite surprised to see the amount of brands they represent, how many outlets they have and how competitive their prices are. Definitely my first stop when buying shoes – not only for training!
Since I started my journey I started picking very carefully the clothes I train in. I’ve leaned the importance of wearing a top or hoodie after training, being hot and sweaty, to not catch a cold – I’ve become so obsessed with training I’ll throw a fit the size of Kanye’s self image if I can’t train for even three days. Already I’m procrastinating over a Jnb trip next week, trying to find out if my hotel has a gym and if not where the closest one is! Training takes great motivation, determination and commitment. Keep an eye out in my next features in my Fitness Journey in which I discuss what body products I’ve been using to keep my skin toned, quick training tips from my trainer, eating tips and general mental wellbeing when you start training. If there is anything you’d like to know or need advice on, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’m in this with you!
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