9 Essential (and Super Cool) Pieces of Men's Fitness Gear
Sure, working out gives you a healthier physique, more energy and better overall health. But those kind of results take time — for now, just look at all the cool stuff you can buy!
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As most men secretly know, half the fun of hitting the gym is getting to use your new workout equipment. Whether it's an electronic gadget or a cool sweat-wicking shirt, having the latest gear gives us that extra incentive to train harder, run faster or jump higher — especially if it's going to make all the other gym-goers jealous.
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Here's 10 of the coolest fitness finds to play around with during your next workout. They'll probably help with all that jazz about health and energy too.
(Top to bottom: Rogue Fitness, MDUSA, WOD Shop)
MDUSA Strength Bands
MDUSA's strength bands come in several different widths, providing both beginners and experts with resistance and assistance. Fit one around your ankles to get the most from your stretches, or loop one over the chin-up bar and use it as a harness while you practice the perfect upper-body movements. Available at MDUSA.com, $9.99 and up.
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Adidas Supernova Glide 6 Running Shoes
The editors at Runner's World magazine selected the Adidas Supernova Glide 6 as the best running shoe of Spring 2014, giving it especially high marks for comfort and cushioning. And if you don't like neon green, don't worry — the Supernova Glide 6 comes in a variety of colors. Available at Adidas.com, $130.
Men’s UA Tech™ Patterned Short Sleeve T-Shirt
All guys sweat at the gym, but not al guys have to look like a sweaty mess. Under Armour's UA Tech™ tees feature their signature moisture-wicking system and anti-odor technology, keeping you relatively dryer and less offensive than everybody else in the weight room. Available at UnderArmour.com, $24.99.
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Like any other athletic tape, Goat Tape can be applied to muscles or ligaments for extra support to pain relief during a workout, and its "Scary Sticky" adhesive won't break down during a sweat. Better yet, the company donates a portion of its sales to the Mercy Corps, which provides aid (and actual goats) for families in need across the world. American retailers listed at GoatTape.com, $5.99 and up.
Manduka Mat Renew Yoga Mat Wash
As we've previously pointed out, yoga mats can get pretty gnarly — especially if you're into Bikram. Show yours some love with Manduka's Mat Renew, an organic disinfectant spray made with essential oils instead of alcohol, so it won't wear away at your yoga mat's fibers. The only downside is that your Bikram buddies might ask to steal a few spritzes after class. Available at REI.com, $10.
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Iron Gym Total Body Workout Bar
Can't make it to the gym? No problem. You can still get an cheap and affordable workout with the Iron Gym Total Body Workout Bar. Wedge it under a door frame (no permanent attachment required!) to perform pull-ups, chin-ups and hanging leg lifts, or move it to the floor for push-ups and tricep dips. Available on Amazon.com, $19.99.
Need a hand? In that case, let the Perchmount Fit hold your smartphone in place while you're busy working out. This unique phone-mounting device lets you follow along with your favorite fitness vlogs or utilize your favorite fitness apps with ease, all thanks to a magnetic base that attaches to any piece of metal hardware. Available at WODShop.com, $24.99.
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Buddy Lee's Aero Speed Jump Rope
It never hurts to toss a jump rope in your gym bag, especially when you feel like exercising on the go. So you might as well reach for a Buddy Lee Aero Speed, described on its website as "the Rolls Royce of jump ropes." Although, if you don't want to take the website's word for it (and as a consumer, you probably shouldn't), you should know that Men's Health magazine once voted the Aero Speed as "the smoothest, fastest, and best-balanced" jump rope on the market. Available at BuddyLeeJumpRopes.com, $34.99.
(Buddy Lee Jump Ropes)
ProStak Blender Bottle
The ProStak Blender Bottle expertly mixes protein powders and supplements into lump-free shakes, but it also features stackable compartments for snacks, meal replacements or vitamins. Of course, there's no laws against packing it with Soarin' Strawberry Kool-Aid or Skittles, but you're probably going to want to stay away from that stuff, seeing as you're trying to stay fit and all. Available at BlenderBottle.com, $13.99.
RECIPE: Protein-Packed Banana and Almond Milk Smoothie