You work, you sweat and you repeat. From time to time the routine can feel a little bit stale. This is normal so don’t panic. During the times where I feel like I need a little extra “pick-me up” I head to the underwear department. You heard me.
1) Performance Underwear Gitch has come a long way in the past couple of years and is an inexpensive way to reboot your training sessions. Start thinking of it as part of your uniform. You wear special shoes, shorts and shirts to the gym, why not special underwear? New lightweight, breathable, anti-microbial and wicking materials make performance underwear live up to their name. These “super drawers” really are a big step up from traditional options. They keep their shape after a good workout and a good washing. There are shorter and longer options available to suit whatever your preference is. I’m a big fan of the new American Eagle athletic line($9-$25/pair) and Reebok’s knee length option. The next item on the list is: 2) Performance Socks I know it may sound silly to think that socks will make a difference in a session, but like underwear, you’d be surprised. Performance socks offer a better shape, fit, compression and wicking ability than traditional socks do. Nothing feels better than a well fitted sock before heading out for a run. This is something I overlooked for a long time and was shocked what a difference it made. No more bunched up, soggy tubesocks for me! One or two nice pairs of training socks is worth more than a drawer full of crappy ones in my opinion. I understand the desire to buy socks in bulk, since that is the normal thing to do. Save your coffee money for a few days and splurge on a pair of good ones($5-$25/pair). You’ll be happy you did. I am loving my Asics and Puma low cut training socks. In the Maui heat they still somehow keep my feet from catching on fire. Will these tips make you stronger? A better lifter? Taller? More handsome? Probably not but remember, feeling good while you train is important too. The better you feel, the more you’ll want to do something.