*Note: this post does contain some affiliate links.* It’s been quite some time since I shared my favorite/essential gym gear and let’s just say...my collection has grown.
THIS BAG. This backpack is hands-down the best gym bag/backpack I’ve ever used. It’s absolutely massive (I really think I could fit in it if I tried hard enough), has tons of compartments, and fits everything. I use it as my daily gym bag and competition bag since it can fit several pairs of shoes (thanks to an expandable compartment), has a dedication “food” area, a removable bag that is perfect for tacky clothing and more zippers and pockets than I know what to do with.
I purchased it before my January contest and am SO glad I did. It IS pricey - there is no doubt about that. BUT, you can score it at a discount using my affiliate/referral link! I think it’s a definite winner for anyone who competes frequently and needs to tote around lots of gear.
Deadlift shoes: Converse Chucks
I found these at Ross one day and had to have them because um, polka dot chucks. I like them for deadlifting because they feel a bit more grounded than my nanos and let’s face it, they’re freaking cute.
All purpose/moving event shoes: Reebok Nanos
I’ve gone through several pairs of Nanos and love them as an all purpose shoe. They’re what I wear for most moving events since they’re flat, slightly grippy, and flexible.
Weightlifting shoes: Nike Romaleos
I splurged on these shoes and they are worth every.single.penny. They’re sturdy, fit great, and are quite comfortable for weightlifting shoes. I use them for pressing and loading events.
This belt is my favorite. I use this for pretty much everything including squats, deadlifts, yoke, farmers, heavy log clean and press, and heavy presses. I was a little worried that I would have to purchase a new one after moving down a weight class but there was more than enough room to accommodate my changing waist and I still have plenty of room left in either direction. I personally like the 13mm because I like a thick belt but the 10mm is also great and a little more comfortable than the 13mm. Either way, this belt is definitely one of the best belts you can purchase. Harbinger Velcro Belt
I use my soft belt (I ordered it off amazon) for non-maximal pressing, light insane volume front squatting, axle clean and pressing events, and loading events. I like that this belt can get very tight and provides a soft surface to brace against. It’s also great for loading events because stones or kegs won’t get caught on it. I prefer a soft belt for axle continental cleans because the bruising is a little less bad than continental cleaning with a hard belt.
I use these heavy duty wrist wraps for log pressing, circus dumbbell pressing and benching mostly. They’re very stiff and provide some serious support. If you’re looking for more heavy duty wrist support, these are amazing.
I like this light-medium support wraps are great all purpose wrist wraps. I love that they’re adjustable which means you don’t have to take them on and off between sets. I use mine for cleans and lighter high volume pressing.
Knee Support: Ace bandage
I’d like to get some new knee sleeves (I typed knew knee sleeves) but I’ve yet to find a pair that I’m sort of willing to invest in. I’ve been wrapping my knees with ace bandage for awhile now as a result of 1) getting annoyed at squatting with fabric bunching behind my knees with regular knee sleeves and 2) I outgrew several pairs in a matter of months. I also like that I can wrap my knees tighter or looser, depending on how my knees are feeling and what I’m doing.
Because I like you all, I’ve decided to do a gift card giveaway for two readers to win a gift card for some of my favorite things! Simply tell me what your favorite piece of gym gear is and you’ll be entered to win a $25 StrengthWraps giftcard OR a $25 HYLETE giftcard! The giveaway closes Wednesday, April 1 at midnight. Good luck! (P.S. These prizes aren't being provided by the companies in any way, I'm just giving you all some stuff because I appreciate you!) a Rafflecopter giveaway