In my bag I have some key pieces of equipment to ensure I have a good workout. Depending on what I’m doing that day it won’t all be used, but I like to be as prepared as possible as often as possible.
Multiple studies have demonstrated that listening to music increases performance in the gym. Both lifts and sprints are improved by listening to music. So set up a good playlist, or follow some on Spotify and crank it up on the way to the gym, don’t wait until you get there. You want to be in workout mode and focused before you even step into the gym. I personally use JBL bluetooth earbuds, I like being wireless.
As I mentioned in my squat post, the knees are very important and can be easily injured. Even if you have great form during squats, your knees still take a lot of strain. When I’m squatting heavy (70% or more of my 1RM) I like to wrap my knees. I prefer actual wraps as opposed to sleeves. Wraps won’t get loose over time, I can change the tightness of them depending on whether I’m doing squats, leg press, hack squat, etc. Even how I feel that workout will play into how tight I wrap. My go to wraps are Meister. Simple, affordable, and get the job done.
Wrist wraps and/or straps are not always required even if you’re doing exercises that you’d benefit from them. While I’m a big supporter of grip work and having a strong a grip as possible, I also know that sometimes the weakest link in the chain is grip. If using straps let’s me get more work done, it seems worth it. I like to use Versa grips, they’re tough, grip well, and are pretty good as wrist wraps too.