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Your gym bag can be as important to your workout as a medical bag is to a doctor. The absolute minimum that you would need to carry in your bag would be a pair of kicks, shorts and a tee. This no-frills set up would pretty much get you through your workout and only take up a small amount of space. The problem is what if you want more than no-frills? Here are some suggestions to beef up your bag and thus your performance.

Compression Gear

Before you say anything, we admit that “yes” these are snug but “no” they are not tights. Smart fabrics have revolutionized sports. This base layer can do a number of things like help keep the body cool, increase energy return and flush lactic acid (that stuff that makes your muscles sore after a workout) to name a few. Best of all, is their wicking design. Those of you still working out in cotton boxers may want to consider stepping up to something that will not absorb the five gallons of sweat you just lost during your run. Nike combat clothing or UnderArmour make some great compression gear. If you are looking for higher-end energy returning materials check out CEP compression shorts.

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About The Author

Dorian M Brito, CSCS

Dorian Brito brings over 15 years of fitness and rehabilitation experience to ‘LLERO. Dorian has a physical fitness pedigree that can compete with the best of them, holding a B.S. in Exercise Science from Ithaca College, an M.A. in Motor Learning & Control from Columbia University and currently in pursuit of his MPH from Emory University. Aside from the degrees this Exercise Physiologist has experience working with professional athletes as well as in orthopedic physical therapy clinics. But he hasn’t stopped their, aside from his clients and contributions to ‘LLERO Dorian has authored numerous other articles for outlets such as Men’s Health magazine.

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