Essential exercising gears to get you ready in 2019

Having the right mindset and actions to keep yourself fit is not complete yet. You can use all the cardio workout machines or body building equipment, but still not achieving maximum results.

This is because you did not prepare yourself with protective gears and recovery tools.

Don’t worry! Thanks to my research and compilation of the essential things you need before exercising, you can now be 100% ready to achieve your desired exercising goals.

Check out my recommendations on the best equipment out in the entire market, and I will also share with you the things that can make your future workouts more fun and convenient.

List of essential things you need before exercising…

Gloves

Purpose: prevent blisters from forming, help increase your grip strength

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-it has gel printing on palm and fingers is to prevent slippage and improve the grip so you can avoid hand injuries in any power sport

-protect knuckles against harsh gym environment

-smooth and easy removal. No more using your teeth to bite your gloves off

-Removable plastic hook for convenient transport and storage

How popular?

Amazon customers review: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product testing reviews:

this gloves are unlike any other gloves. I bought one 4 sets. 1 each for my mom, dad, brother and myself. We chose different sizes to fit us. All of us were shocked when we found that the gloves fitted perfectly. They seemed to be molded to our hands. They were comfortable, have no gaps, and grip things super well. Very satisfied!!!

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Yoga mats

Purpose: Prevent your hands and feet from slipping

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-comes with a complete set: yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, yoga strap, yoga towel and hand towel

-for pilates and yoga

-grip very well on the floor, its towel is able absorb a lot of moisture or sweat

-fit for everyone regardless of your size

How popular?

Very high sales ranking. Amazon’s choice. Amazon customers review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

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Massaging equipment for aches

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-no longer need another person to massage you

– it has 11 strategically placed knobs that can access to each body parts easily

-good and strong materials used

-recommended by a lot of health and fitness expert

-comes with an instruction manual

-product comes from BodyBackCompany, a very reputable company, that put in more than 20 years of research and innovation to improve the product efficiency

How popular?

Amazon customers review: 4.6 out of 5 stars. High sales ranking

Product testing reviews:

I intentionally workout excessively so my muscles will feel really sore after I train, so I can test out the effectiveness of the massager. The next day, my muscles around my whole body aches. I quickly use the massager to massage and it feels awesome. The feeling of how it rubs my body is so comfortable. After my massage session, I can almost immediately feel muscles more relieve. It sure works!!!

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Foam roller

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-it has a special feature of vibration massage (powered by electricity) to reduce the pressure and soreness of your muscles and joints

-2 hours battery life

-portable, easy storage and easy cleaning

How popular?

Amazon customers review: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

Its textiles which is the surface of the vibrating foam roller are design very well. It maximizes the comfort that other foam rollers can’t achieve. After using the vibration feature, I finally know why most people love it. It ensures your pain will be gone in no time.

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Recovery compression sleeves

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-Best for Arthritis, Injuries & Sports Recovery

-no longer need ice packs to ease your pain, just freeze your sleeves and wear it

-unique material prevents any stings or skin burns from ice

-the sleeves are still very flexible when froze

-very suitable for people playing sports

-recommended by doctors and scientists

How popular?

Amazon customers review: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

Surprisingly, it still remains cold after 1 hour of use. This suggests that the company claim of using good materials is true. Its edgeless design ensures no scratching or itching, very comfortable. I tested it on my grandma and she said her joint pain reduced by a ton.

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Shoe insoles and paddings

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-designed by a leading podiatrist to address the root causes of tired, flat feet

-created with precision to fit YOUR foot size – not a size range

-provides more support, more cushion, more stable and feels more comfortable than other insoles

-most importantly, you no longer need to spend hundreds of dollars to buy good insoles (even so, they are still no match to the Samurai insoles that I recommend)

How popular?

Millions of people using these insoles and supporting this company. Amazon customers review: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

My uncle has flat feet so I decided to source out many different types of insoles for him to try. He did not have to think twice to know which is the best. It is definitely the Samurai insoles. He also said that the rest of the “supportive” insoles are too hard and feels uncomfortable on the foot arch, especially wearing for long hours. However, Samurai insoles wouldn’t feel painful.

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Balancing ball/ exercising ball

Purpose: therapy for ppl wif back pain, increase back n abs strength, gd for pregnant ppl

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-delivers killer cardio workouts, builds strength, improves balance and flexibility, and fine-tunes sport skills

-able to use the round and flat surface, you will then fully utilize the Bosu balance trainer and maximize your gains

-very fun way to workout

-includes a DVD to guide you on how to use and the workout program

How popular?

Extremely popular among the entire exercising community. Amazon’s choice. Amazon customers review: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

If you plan to get an exercise balancing ball, I recommend you to get the improvised option which is the Bosu balance trainer. After using this Bosu balance trainer, my balancing becomes very good. No longer tripping on stupid stuff. This is because my muscles get stronger.

Alternative:

The round one is good enough if you do not need the flat surface of the Bosu balance trainer. The round one has an additional benefit which is you are able to treat it as a chair to sit. This can help correct your sitting posture as well as your spine.


Headphones

Purpose: wireless, waterproof, provide motivation

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-This is from Beats by dr. dre, the world’s leading #1 brand

-wireless, noise cancelling, light weight and fast fuel charging(10 min of charge gives 3 hrs of play)

-able to connect to any mobile device

-comes with a lot of colours, even premium looking colours like porcelain rose and gold

-the most crucial point is it delivers excellent sound quality, you will get into the music entirely while exercising.

How popular?

Amazon customers review: out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

My 1st impression is WOW when I got my hands on this Beats headphones. It feels so premium and luxury. They uses high quality materials. The sound system is what attracts me the most and also the comfort it provides. When I wore the headphone, I couldn’t hear a single sound outside of my headphone (no music on yet). When I turn on the music, I feel like I’m hearing the singer singing live. Its marvellous!!!

Alternative:

This is another product that is great at isolating sound outside of your heardphones. In fact this alternative focuses more on isolation of external sound so you can workout more effectively when your mind is soothed


Blender bottle

Purpose: help mix evenly, no lumps

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-has a special feature of self-stirring which is powered by a motor that requires charging (1 full charge can last you several weeks), thus providing superior and fine mixing of even the roughest ingredient. You no longer need to waste your energy on shaking the bottle to mix and you may still have lumps of powder

– has a built-in 130ml storage pod for supplement/powder storage

How popular?

-Trusted by hundreds of thousands of users across the globe and endorsed by hundreds of elite athletes

-Amazon customer reviews: out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

Alternative:

If you think that self-stirring is redundant, its fine. This alternative product can work wonders for you too. This 2nd product has a unique feature of being able to keep your drink ice cold for up to 30+ hours due to its material. You will like it if you are someone who wants your drinks to last colder for a longer period of time.


Phone armband

Purpose: allow you to exercise with your mobile phone with you yet without the need to hold your phone in your hands

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-its stretchy enough to fit any phone of all sizes

-their selling point is that when your phone is strapped on, you can rotate it around for viewing from any angle while wearing the armband. This way you can access to any buttons or features on your phone. This is something the conventional phone armband can’t do

-uses breathable material and its waterproof

-integrated a headphone strap for you to keep the extra length on wire in place so when you run the wire wouldn’t obstruct you

How popular?

Product testing reviews:

 

Alternative:

If you still prefer the conventional phone armband, I would recommend buying this one because it is made of high quality materials and it is more durable than other armbands from other brands. Also, after putting your phone in the armband, you can still easily tap on the icons on your mobile screen through the thin transparent plastic protection. Whereas other armbands in the market that I have tried will make me feel frustrated as I can’t access the applications on my phone due to the insensitive and thick plastic sheet.


Gym bag

Purpose: to carry bulky items

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-Lots of compartments; you can put in your sports shoes, clothing, towel, headphone, water bottle, toiletries, your sports gears and equipment (compression sleeves, gloves, even basketball etc.), your valuables and more…

-this duffel bag comes in 3 different sizes to suit your needs

-water resistant, you do not have to worry that your sweat will stain your bag

-easy to clean and very durable

How popular?

Amazon customers review: A PERFECT 5.0 out of 5 stars

Product testing reviews:

I bought all 3 sizes to test. They are all better than expected. Awesome quality and super durable. In my opinion, the large one is perfect for gym. It can hold everything you need for exercising, yet when being carried it doesn’t feel bulky. The comfort of the strap helps a lot. It is also best for camping or when you want to bring everything over for a workout while going for vacation/staycation. Whereas the smallest one is also good enough to hold some of the important items you need for working out. Most people would use the small one for a short workout at the neighbourhood park.

Alternative:

You would love the alternative if you are someone who likes stuff which are branded and have good quality, then this is the right one. The most priced one they have is THE BEST gym bag in the market. Whatever feature you need, they have it. But its a little bit more costly that the 1st product I recommend. If you don’t mind the investment then think no more, just order the Under Armour one.


Knee/elbow/wrist guards

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-Professional sport equipment for extreme sports (like skateboarding /cycling etc.)

-provides the best comfort and protection

-absorbs high amount of shock which prevents you to be injured when meeting an accident

-they uses materials of excellent quality so these guards will be very strong and durable

How popular?

Amazon customers reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars. Ridiculously HIGH sales ranking!!!

Product testing reviews:

I went for a run with the knee, elbow, and wrist guards. According to the reviews online, most users who feel doesn’t feel any pain after falling. So I decided to take the risk and try it myself to see whether the comments are TRUE or FALSE. I have tried them and JESUS CHRIST, these protective guards work like a miracle. I tried to run very quickly then stop immediately then land on my knees and palms. I fell but I didn’t get a single scratch on my body. These are powerful!!!

Alternative:

These 2 products are on par with each other. The main difference is actually just the design. Personally I like the 1st one, it seems more cool…


Sports Sunglasses

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-Obviously, the 1st reason is because this is from Oakley, the world’s leading spectacle producer. Decades of Oakley innovation have been awarded more than 540 patents that elevate physics to the level of art

-100% UV protection coating

-lightweight

-strong and durable

-doesn’t harm your eyes a single bit, not like those cheap ones that will hurt your eyesight overtime

-maximum comfort

How popular?

Amazon customers review: 4.3 out of 5 stars. This is the #1 choice in the USA and UK for sunglasses that are both branded and have top notch quality.

Product testing reviews:

Its very comfortable to have it on my face. When I’m doing canoeing, I had this sunglasses with me. No sun glares at all. I can even look at the sun! It fits very well too, when I went to play basketball with it, the sunglasses stay very stable and firm. It is indeed the highest tier sunglasses.

Alternative:

This alternative is from Bertoni, a well-known Italian brand which is also an expert in sunglasses. It has an added benefitting feature which you can interchange between arms and straps. Through this, you can do a wide range of sports like swimming, parachuting, snow boarding, cycling and more.


Smartwatch

Recommendation:

The #1 choice:

What’s so special and different from others?

-There are more than 15 different modes for you to record the exercises you want.

-Very long battery life of more than 4 days. This is one of the best reason to buy this fitbit Versa as it has a higher battery life than most Smartwatch out in the market

-Able to store more than 300 songs

-You can also view other applications through the Fitbit Versa, not just the Fitbit fitness app. For example, Instagram, Uber, Stock Market apps, cooking apps and more. You can also make calls and texts.

-Water-resistant

How popular?

Very high sales ranking on Amazon. This Fitbit Versa is on the top list of exercise Smartwatch.

Product testing reviews:

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