Summer is just around the corner and so, if we want the bikini body of our dreams, it’s now or never. Hitting the gym and starting that new workout routine can be pretty daunting, that’s for sure, but don’t let the fear of failing put you off! There are a few things you can do to kick-start your new regime, and making sure you look hot to trot when you enter that gym is one of them.
If you’re anything like me, your current workout wardrobe basically consists of a couple of old sports bras that have completely lost any hint or sign of elasticity, a few strectched-out (yet still too small, somehow) tank tops, and some almost-translucent, hole-y leggings. Now, this will not do. If you’re going to be serious about your fitness, you need to not only look the part, but have some high-performing gym wear. So, if you’re feeling utterly overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, see below a list of ten items you’ll need to get you started good and proper.
1. Sports bra
Whether you’re big or small-busted, every woman needs a good, supportive sports bra. Make sure it’s comfortable, and make sure it’s properly fitted. Get these right, and your sports bra will be your new best friend.
2. Dry-fit tank top
Dry-fit gym wear is great, as it soaks up your sweat, drawing the heat away from your body and keeping you cool, meaning you can workout for longer.
3. Dry-fit t-shirt
It’s always worth getting a t-shirt as well, for in-between armpit shaving days. We all have them, but you don’t want to be self-conscious of your underarms in the gym.
4. Long leggings
Investing in some proper sportswear leggings is well worth it. You’ll find them so much more breathable than regular leggings, and they make moving easier, too.
5. Quarter leggings
It’s a good idea to get leggings in a couple of different lengths. This will allow for differences in the weather, so you can make sure you’re toasty-warm when you need to be, and nice a cool when you want to be.
6. Trainer socks
This sounds obvious, but you don’t want to be working out and sweating in your normal socks, trust me. I’d recommend going for some reinforced, supportive socks to prevent blisters.
7. Gym shoes
Now, so many of us hit the gym wearing worn-out, old trainers. This simply will not do. It is generally recommended that, if you train regularly, you need a new pair of trainers every six months. It’s also worth considering the type of exercise you’ll be engaging in, as this will have an effect on the weight of trainer you’ll need.
If you’re kitting up properly, you want a super-sporty jacket for your trips to and from the gym, and for any outdoor workouts you may have planned.
9. No-VPL pants
This is something that most of us forget. When we’re wearing sports leggings, the last thing we want is a visible panty line! You can stock up on good-quality, cheap no-VPL pants from a whole range of high street stores.
10. Gym bag
And let’s not forget a snazzy new bag to put all your lovely new gym clothes in!
So there you have it. Get sporty, ladies!