Gyms are notoriously busier during the summer, and for good reason. Not just because school is out and we’re trying to get ready for the beach, but because the energy of the season makes us more motivated to improve and optimize our health. We each have a different goal when it comes to our well-being, but to achieve it, we must first determine what that goal is and what gear we need to achieve. Whether it’s the right outfit or accessories, there are plenty of options, but when we’re trying to get in shape, we may not have much time for trial and error.
Going to the gym can be irreplaceable due to the myriad of equipment available to you, but having the option to work out at home is also valuable. And with travel on the rise during the summer months, finding a way to take those routines on the road is key when trying to maintain your goals. If you’re overwhelmed by the number of options to help you maximize your workouts, take a look at our guide to the best summer fitness essentials for this season.
It’s hard to find the right direction when it comes to being healthy and fit. And with all the ostensible solutions offered at will, it’s time for something that actually works. InsideTracker is your guide through noise; a fitness and wellness app that actually helps because it recognizes that everyone is different and therefore needs different results. By analyzing your blood and DNA markers, it provides lifestyle, exercise and nutrition recommendations to help you maximize your body’s potential. InsideTracker is compatible with devices such as smartphones, Fitbits and Apple Watch.
Ten thousand short intervals
Summer calls for clothes that can be worn whether you’re rehearsing indoors or outdoors. Ten Thousand’s Interval Shorts are perfect for hot weather as their polyester and spandex shell wicks sweat like no other and won’t cling to your skin either. Four-way stretch and leg gusset give you maximum mobility and the no-pinch waistband will never distract you when you’re in the zone. Sold in 5″, 7″ and 9″ versions for all preferences, these shorts should be your go-to this summer.
Satisfy PeaceShell Running Cap
It’s surprising how often we have to remind people of the benefits of wearing a hat when running in hot weather. The right cap won’t irritate you or make you itch, but will provide ample protection from the sun as well as general breathability. Satisfy makes several running caps that are perfect for this season, but their PeaceShell features a simple, traditional design. It’s made from NASA-proven 3XDRY polyester fabric that repels water and dirt on the outside while absorbing body moisture on the inside. This hat also minimizes odor while protecting you from UV rays.
Shakes and smoothies can be a great way to mix up your protein powder after an intense workout, or just kick up your insulin levels beforehand to maximize energy. A good blender should not only be low maintenance during use, but also when cleaning. NutriBullet Pro kicks it up a notch over its previous model with 900W of power for powerful and efficient mixing when adding thicker fruits, nuts or seeds. The simple twist off blade ensures super easy washing, as do the dishwasher safe mugs that come with it.
Crossrope Get Lean
You don’t need to battle Apollo Creed to benefit from jump rope. One of the simplest workout routines can also be a great way to cut fat and increase cardio and endurance. The Crossrope Get Lean is more than your barebones jump rope; it’s the first weighted jump rope system to help you reach your goals faster. Besides the free tutorials in the app, Get Lean also lets you switch between light and heavy ropes for an exercise more suitable for all experience levels.
Speaking of Apollo Creed, the original Liteboxer is a great training companion for the budding or professional pugilist, but home machines are a bit bulky if you have limited space. Luckily, the company unveiled the Liteboxer Go just in time for summer. Not only can you now shadowbox in smaller environments, but you can also train on the go. Equipped with a pair of sensors that stream results to your smartphone or TV, 1-pound egg weights to boost your intensity, a carry bag and charging case for travel, and A tablet stand to prop up your smart device, this handy new gadget will have you fit and conditioned in no time.
Hyperice Vyper 3 Vibrating Foam Roller
Stretching and cooling down are just as important to your workout routine as the routine itself. Hyperice has a long history of making some of the best recovery equipment on the market, and its Vyper 3 vibrating foam roller is a great upgrade from its predecessor. Built with a streamlined silhouette that avoids putting pressure on your spine, the device speeds up your warm-ups and keeps you loose with its optimized stability and three different speed levels. Pair it with the Hyperice app to get tips and track your progress.
original gorilla bow
The hardest aspect of your training to top when traveling is the versatility of the weights you lift. Naturally, dumbbells are way too heavy to carry around in a suitcase and when you’re on your summer travels you might still want to be able to work out in the privacy of your bedroom. The Original Gorilla Bow takes the concept of resistance bands and elevates it. Equipped with four different bands, from 10 lbs to 50 lbs, which you can use individually or combined, the arch allows you to tone any muscle group without the need for a lot of weight. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the bar itself mimics a barbell and can support weights up to 300 lbs.
Fitbit Versa 3
While smartwatches are all the rage right now, few can give you what you need health-wise like Fitbit. The brand’s high-end Versa 3 does everything from tracking your sleep to playing music to monitoring your fitness. Built-in GPS helps you track your runs and hikes while showing your location. If you want something a little more granular, the Versa 3 also monitors your oxygen saturation and skin temperature variations and even detects snoring.
For the hottest heat waves, running outside may not be a desirable option. The barebones AssaultRunner Pro is ideal for pure runners who don’t want the extra monitors or gadgets of a modern treadmill. Powered by your own energy, this treadmill uses no electricity, less limiting where you can place this thing in your living space. It can be difficult to stay responsible for your own health, but you won’t be able to disconnect with the AssaultRunner Pro or your workout will be over.