Don’t be tempted by a muscle vest, which should be treated like a hard-fought video game unlockable (in that you can’t wear one until you’ve completed the gym and can bench-press every machine and man in the building.)
Go for something light-weight and fit for purpose, but still nice enough that you’d wear it outside, too. These breathable Nike and adidas efforts – the latter inspired by ’90s tennis heritage style – will more than do the job.
Classic grey sweats serve only those who want to push their body to the absolute limit, be it through a punishing day at the gym or by consuming three family bags of Doritos in an all-day Netflix binge. Whichever fate you choose, you need a solid pair. Opt for these understated Polo Ralph Lauren drawstrings.
If you fancy a more ‘high-performance’ option, pick a pair of thigh-hugging workout shorts from Reigning Champ. They feature a moisture wicking shell that eliminates sweat (the grey pair don’t deal quite so well with that…)
Polo: £85, Reigning Champ: £120
A lightweight and supportive pair of ULTRABOOST trainers suited for any surface, with a cushioned sole and a stretchy knit upper that adapts to the changing shape of your foot as you run. What’s more, the monochrome colourway is reminiscent of adidas’ all-time greatest shoe: the Copa Mundial (but go for any colour you want, see if we care)
You don’t slather your hands in pricey moisturiser every morning just to go and destroy them at the gym, do you? Avoid calluses and protect your bones’n’joints by investing in a good pair of training gloves. These fingerless mitts from Nike will protect your palms during heavy-lifting sets, and the breathable mesh will ensure your hands don’t get too sweaty.
You don’t want to end up in a tangle, so go wireless for the sake of your safety and dignity. These ear-clinging Powerbeats3 boast a mammoth 12 hour battery life, provided by just 5 minutes of charge (great for a panicked last-ditch fuelling). What’s more, they deliver great sound and are fully water and sweat resistant.
A pair you can truly put through the ringer. These Nike Metcon 4s can handle weightlifting, sprints, rope climbing, sled pushes and much more with ease – but that’s not to say they’re heavy, clunky or thick skinned. The textured mesh ensures they are as light as they are strong.
Track your heartbeat throughout your work-out and get extensive data on your (complete and utter lack of) cardio fitness. You can opt for different activity settings to make sure your data is as accurate as possible and, of course, record how many miles you’re accumulating on the daily. A must-have for fitness obsessives.
The cool, respectable, grown-up face of sippy cups. The Nike TR Hyper Charge may sound bemusingly complicated, but it’s just a nice water bottle at the end of the day, made with BPA-free tritan plastic that won’t affect taste.
What’s the point of investing in all this fancy gear and then stuffing it inside a drawstring? This cross-grain leather Montblanc duffle bag is a perfect investment for the gym, as well as business trips and weekends away. Its scratch resistant shell ensures that it’ll be a dependable work-out buddy for years to come.