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March 8, 2012 / Happy Dietitian

11 Gym Essentials and 6 Pseudo Members

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By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.

The gym is a great place to relieve stress, get fit, and maintain good health. Not everyone goes to the gym for these reasons though. Look around carefully and you’ll spot these pseudo gym members. 1) The guy that spends 1 minute at each machine with a “I gotta push this poop out” look and acts like he’s having a great workout. 2) The girl with her cute pink juicy outfit walking on the treadmill for the last hour, playing with her phone and not a drop of sweat on her forehead. 3) The meat head working out in front of the mirror admiring himself. He’s been at the gym for the last 5 hours. 4) The guy that’s completely clueless, walking around the gym in circles ultimately ending up at the elliptical. Get a trainer or do some research. 5) The Gawker. The guy that goes to the gym to pick up girls. Ladies, don’t wear tight clothes and shorts. 6) The after school program teens. Two or three of them hovering over the bench press or assisted pull up machine cracking up at god knows what. I say these teens need a trainer as a group leader and a space all to themselves. Far away from serious members who really just want a quick workout and to go home and rest. Now go have fun and find these pseudo gym members!

Oh, if you’re heading to the gym today don’t forget your 11 Gym Essentials.

1) A bag that’s simple, affordable, and most importantly is machine washable.

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2) There are thieves in the gym so be careful with your valuables. Buy a crowbar resistant hardened steel lock. Better to be safe than sorry.

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3) A BPA-free filtered water bottle. Especially if you’re taking a hour long class. Keep hydrated.

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4) Gloves. The callus that forms is NOT sexy. Be smart and prevent them, especially if you’re using machines and weights. Wash your gloves often!

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5) A stylish and small armband for your phone or mp3 player. It took me a while to find the perfect one that fits my arm.

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6) A mp3 player of some sort and your Nikeplus if you plan to run on the treadmill.

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7) A comfy pair of sneakers.

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8) Smart work out gear.

Ladies: A tank top that stays dry and 3/4 pants so boys don’t look up your crotch when you’re doing leg presses. Sweat pants are comfy but they’re too hot and heavy for working out.

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Gents: A sleeveless or regular T-Shirt that stays dry and comfy shorts with pockets.

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9) If your gym doesn’t provide towels, then you might consider these super absorbent microfiber towels with a key holder.towel happy dietitian

These have a hooded end which holds onto a upright bench.

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10) If you plan on taking a shower at the gym. I highly recommend protective gear…for your feet! Athlete’s foot, plantar warts, onychomycosis and other fungi and bacteria thrive in warm and moist areas.*shivers*

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You might even consider these for maximum protection.

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11) Bring your own travel mat if you plan on spending a good amount of time on the floor for stretches, stability ball exercises, etc.

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Have you ever heard of Philip Stein Teslar Watches? They claim to reduce stress and improves sleep, focus, and performance. One of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

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or perhaps a heart rate monitoring watch like this one from Polar.

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  1. Beckie / Mar 8 2012 2:08 pm

    I imagin every gym has these pseudo memebers :)

  2. Beckie / Mar 8 2012 2:09 pm

    *imagine…

  3. thehealthyfitdiva / Mar 8 2012 11:40 pm

    I need to invest in #4. You are right…the calluses are NOT sexy haha…but the results of lifting weights definitely are!

    • Happy Dietitian / Mar 9 2012 3:17 am

      You bet! My friend mentioned that gloves are breeding grounds for bacteria as well so wash them often.

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities / Mar 9 2012 12:45 am

    My essentials = a good sports bra, sneakers and magazine!! Oh and maybe my reading rack so I can put my 234938974783 magazines on it! LOL!!

  5. The Orange Bee / Mar 10 2012 1:38 am

    You nailed them…I teach two fitness classes at my local gym and people watching is an interesting part of visiting the gym! The best part of course – our health!

  6. Lee Achilles / Mar 10 2012 11:14 am

    Real nice style and design and great content material, absolutely nothing else we need :D.

  7. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) / Mar 14 2012 6:36 pm

    the beginning of this post made me think of this:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203471004577140900388728374.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read#articleTabs=article

    It’s completely hilarious. Thank you for following my blog!!!

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