Kicking It Up A Gear

Garmin 910XTSo you have been training hard for a while now and have been getting some great results and now you are ready to step up your training to take yourself to that next level. Well, here is a list of some of the kick-arse gear you should get your hands on that can not only make sure you are looking the goods, but also help to improve your training and performance. I have used all of these products before and think they are a great addition to my training bag and wouldn’t leave home without them.

Garmin GPS Heart Rate Monitor
While there are numerous brands and models of heart rate monitors on the market. I have used the Garmin brand, and the GPS models are awesome for not only giving you real time feedback on your training intensity, heart rate recovery and energy expenditure. The built-in GPS can give you data on your running or cycling speed, distance and pace, just to name a few things. This data can help you to get the most out of each training session, but the goodness doesn’t end there. Sync your device with your garminconnect.com account and you can view minute by minute and beat by beat graphs of your session’s outcome to see where you are improving and also plan your next session.

2XU Compression Garments
No, these are not just an excuse for fully grown men to pretend they are ballerinas and squeeze into a pair of tights; there is actually scientific evidence to support the theory that the 2XU compression gear does improve performance and recovery. The graded compression can help improve oxygen delivery to working muscles as well as preventing the build up of other metabolites and waste products. This will not only help you to run further, but also increase your rate of recovery post exercise.

Massage Ball / Foam Roller
These are really handy bits of equipment to have in your kit bag and should be used regularly, even if you are feeling fantastic already. The myofascial release that foam rolling and massage balls will give you is great for managing and preventing injury as well as improving flexibility.

Fly Active Wrist Pocket
Oh yeah, the sweat band is making a come back but this time it is with a handy little addition. A zip. The fly active wristbands allow you to easily take keys, cards, cash or any other little bits of gear you may need along the way. The sports wristbands come in a host of funky colors so you can make sure they match your outfit and also double as a safety band with a reflective logo for night training as well a tag to store any emergency information which you will hopefully never need.

Rudy Project Photochromatic Sunglasses
It may be a fancy way of saying transition lenses but these all round sunglasses from  Rudy Project are all you will need whether you are running, cycling, hiking, kayaking or whatever. The lenses will automatically adjust to your lighting conditions to ensure you have the best vision at all times as well as protect your eyes with a lifetime unbreakable guarantee on the lenses. 

Amphipod Runlite Hydration Belts
Finally for the serious runner looking to head out on some long distance journeys, the Amphipod Runlite Hydration Belt is the perfect way to carry any fluids, energy gels or nutrition that you will need along the way to help you go at your best. The bottles are easy to clip in and out, so there is less fiddling around and there are additional addons for race numbers, iPhone, storage, lights and reflectors.

So get your training gear sorted and not only look the part, but perform better as well. 

Let us know if you have any other bits of kit that you think should be on this list by adding a comment below.

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