Fitness

How to Look Good at the Gym

How to Look Good at the gym

We’ve all seen the mantra slapped across social media. New Year, New Me. While it is all-too-tempting to sit back with your stockpile of gifted alcohols and sneer at your friends’ failed ambition, it is most likely true that the time has finally come to shed the Christmas timber.

But the gym can be a narcissist’s heaven, and heading back after Christmas with a spare tyre of turkey filling out various parts of your body can leave you feeling a little uninspired. Looking for a no-fuss way to go back to the gym already looking more swag than last year? No sweat. The Hut’s editors pick out the easy workout items you shouldn’t be without this January.

  1. Premium Hoodie
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    Premium Hoodie

    Essential for warm up sessions or layering when performing in cooler temperatures, a good quality hoodie should offer a blend of extreme comfort and practicality in a design that is easy on the eye. This one from SKINS is made from a technical fabric that gives exceptional warmth and breathability while remaining lightweight. The design also features an athletic fit to reduce drag, a waterproof hood and two zipped pockets for storing accessories while you work out.

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  2. Technical Tee
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    Technical Tee

    As your base layer, a technical T-shirt is often the key to staying cool and comfortable during your workout. Choose one with a high-quality fabrication, such as this one from MyProtein. The fabric in this tee is designed to be lightweight and breathable while also working to wick moisture away from your skin as you work out.

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  3. Fitness Tracker
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    Fitness Tracker

    In addition to giving fellow gym goers the impression that you know what you’re doing, a fitness tracker can often give you’re the motivation you need to get active. The Jaybird R1 tracker lets you know how ready your body is to be active, knows how much sleep you need tonight, and automatically displays your day by activity, holding you accountable to the active life you already embrace. This is will give you the motivation you need on those cold, damp, dark evenings

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  4. Gym Sneakers
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    Gym Sneakers

    Designed to stabilise and support the foot while being lightweight, comfortable and breathable, a good technical gym shoe is vital for the gym. Brands such as Under Armour have elevated the aesthetic of the sport shoe to become something that many people now wear casually, so you needn’t jeopardise your good taste in favour of practicality.

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  5. 4-Way Stretch Shorts
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    4-Way Stretch Shorts

    As if getting to the gym wasn’t already enough of a battle, there is nothing worse than a poor pair of shorts that restrict your movement and flexibility. A good pair of gym shorts—such as the ‘Raid International’ from Under Armour—will be light, loose, quick-drying and allow your legs to breath, all while giving you a full range of movement in any direction.

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  6. Workout Socks
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    Workout Socks

    Probably one of the most underestimated pieces of gym kit, every man and woman should own a high-quality pair of workout socks. Preferably crafted from a technical cotton or merino wool fabric, your workout socks should absorb moisture, prevent unwanted odours and offer protection from blisters all while offering superior comfort in your workout.

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  7. Water Bottle
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    Water Bottle

    There isn’t much worse than finishing an intense workout and having to quench your thirst with the grimy water from the gym fountain. BRITA’s Fill & Go water bottle integrates the brands legendary filtering powers into a sleek, portable water bottle that will allow you rehydrate using delicious, fresh, properly filtered water.

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  8. Wireless Headphones
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    Wireless Headphones

    We’ve all been there, trying to motivate your workout with some pumping music when the movement of your body is forcing your earphones to pop out. Fumbling with your headphones while trying to navigate the treadmill is only going to end in disaster; take the fuss away by instead investing in some wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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  9. Post-Gym Moisturiser
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    Post-Gym Moisturiser

    While we might proudly state our ambitions to be a healthier, better person in 2017, we all know that the real reason we are trudging back to the gym in the new year is to look better. Post-workout, most of us don’t pay any attention to how our body will react to our gym sessions and simply hop in the shower and slump back onto the sofa. Every gym session will vacuum moisture out of your body which, if not replaced, can accelerate signs of ageing and health – which none of us planned. A good moisturiser in crucial for putting that moisture back into your face.

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Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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