If you’re going to work out (and you do work out, right, bros?) you gotta do it right, otherwise you’re liable to wind up writhing on the floor after straining muscles you didn’t even know you had. You also want to look good doing it. I mean, you don’t want to look like a sweaty hobo who just ran in off the street because he heard the gym had free showers.
So, it’s with that in mind that I bring you these 15 workout accessories that you absolutely need to have. I’m not saying you’re a bad person if you don’t buy these, but I am saying that you’re lazy and bad at working out and also bad at being a human being. That’s all. So, buy these and have a better body and be a better man.
If you’re gonna get into that lifting game, a good weight bench is a must have. Without it, you’re extremely limited in what you can do. And this weight bench by Bowflex is ideal. It’s adjustable, which allows you to set it up in four different positions for over thirty different exercises, and it has a removable leg hold-down brace so you can get extra torque in your workouts. Sure, you could buy a cheaper, shittier bench, but this is America, dammit!
Do you even lift, bro? Well, if you do, you know that you need a good pair of gloves, both to keep everything stable and to keep from tearing your hands up. These gloves are perfect. They come with wrist wraps built into the gloves, which should save you both time and money. They also are double-stitched so they won’t fall apart on you.
Recovery is just as important to the workout as the workout itself, and this foam roller lets you do it with comfort, while also still getting in a little workout. TriggerPoint designed this so that the roller’s surface replicates the hands of a massage therapist. It also includes access to an online instructional video library to help you in your workouts and recovery.
Hydration is key to any workout. You know this. But no one wants to carry around a leaky water bottle with stale, dirty water inside. This water bottle, on the other hand, is insulated stainless steel. That means it keeps whatever’s inside cold for up to 24 hours. It’s also fitted with a loop cap, so you can just hook it to your bike or whatever and go.
Kick your pushup game up a notch with these pushup bars which allow you to push from different angles and build muscle quicker. You can also use them for a variety of other bodyweight exercises. They’re actually billed as a tool for gymnasts, and you know that gymnasts have killer bodies.
Fitness balls are a great tool for improving your core, and this one isn’t just a fitness ball, but an entire fitness bundle. That’s because it also comes with a stability ring, which helps to keep your ball from rolling out from under you, a foot pump so you can keep the ball pumped up and a nice workout poster that both motivates and teaches you how to keep everything tight.
This mat is deceptively simple. I mean, it’s just a mat, right? But it’s also a mat specially designed for lower back support so you can work your core without hurting yourself. It also comes with QR codes on it that when scanned take you to an instructional training video series that teach you how to do each exercise properly, which is always critically important.
This set of five resistance bands is color coded and stackable, which means that you can pick out the one you need without any trouble, and that you can combine them all to get a resistance band workout of up to 150 lbs. It also comes with a door anchor attachment and a waterproof carrying bag.
Knee support is crucial, especially if your knees have seen a lot of wear and tear over the years, and really, whose hasn’t? These sleeves provide excellent support while also being comfortable. They’re so comfortable, in fact, that you can wear them all day long if you want. So, forget the bulky knee braces and pick up these sleeves.
If you’re really serious about your lifting, you know you need a good weight lifting belt so your back doesn’t crumble into dust on you. This sturdy belt is made of foam, which allows it to last and remain firm unlike other belts. It’s also ergonomically designed to fit over your hips and into your waist so that you get the support you need.
I know it sounds kind of dumb, but a good gym towel can make all the difference in the world between feeling like a million bucks and feeling like you’re covered in a million gallons of sweat and grime. This pack of two gym towels are microfiber, which means they are quick drying and – this is important – odor free. They also come with a refund guarantee, which means there’s pretty much no risk here, fellas.
By now, you should know what a Fitbit brings to the table. Technology is changing the workout game, and the Fitbit has become an invaluable tool in the fight to keep, well, fit. It’s basically a personal fitness manager that also doubles as a smartwatch. The future is now, friends.
Feeling minimalist and don’t want a bunch of gear to carry around? Buy this poster, hang it up and let your bodyweight work for you. That’s because this poster shows virtually every exercise that you can do using just your own bodyweight. These are exercises you can do anywhere, whether you’re on vacation or being held captive in a basement somewhere. What? It could happen, and this poster will save your life.
With all this killer new workout gear, you’re gonna need a good gym bag to carry it around, and this duffle bag more than does the trick. It’s water-resistant, with lots of pockets and padding, including a padded strap so you can carry your bag when you’re nice and sore without it adding to your burden. You can fit a lot in this bag, bros – people have reported fitting an entire football uniform, pads and all, in there – and the front pocket is probably big enough to fit your laptop too.
A punching bag is a kick-ass workout tool, and let’s face it, it’s also fun to beat the shit out of something and get out all your aggression while you’re working out. But, a traditional hanging punching bag is murder on your poor ceiling and wall studs. A freestanding training bag, on the other hand, doesn’t have to attach to anything. You just fill up the base – quick tip: use sand instead of water – and you’ve got a friend to punch and kick all day long without ruining anything. Great for Muay Thai workouts or for anyone who wants to be able to picture themselves punching their boss over and over while they work out, and really, isn’t that what life is all about?