Ok, so you might have a cross-trainer sitting in the bedroom that has become a clothes rack, or a mini-trampoline behind the sofa that never sees the light of day, but if you are committed to getting the most from sessions with your personal trainer, then there are some fitness items which really are worth investing in. Having good quality items can improve your performance when you exercise, make it more enjoyable and prevent injury.
1. Shoes: it might seem obvious, but are your trainers the right ones for you? It’s worth having a proper fitting or consultation – which are often free – where a specialist can take into account a number of factors. These can include the types of exercise you do, your foot shape and also whether you have a tendency towards supination or overpronation (The foot rolling in or out). This puts extra strain on your ankles, and can especially be found in people with previous ankle injuries. You check for supination yourself by looking to see whether there is any excessive wear on the outside edge of your trainers.
2. A water bottle: it may not be top of your list, but a proper sports bottle or stainless steel thermos makes a lot of sense. It’s kinder to the environment and can save you money too. By not spending £1.75 on a bottle of water every time you go to the gym (say, three times a week), you’ll end up saving £252 a year! Plastic drinks bottles make up 1.5 million tons of waste per year, and that much plastic takes 47 million gallons of oil to produce. Also, contrary to popular belief, bottled water is no better for you than ordinary tap water. So be sure to fill up from the faucet before every personal training session.
Getting up on your feet and active and staying hydrated are the first steps to a great training regime.