GYM BUNNY

Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEAUTY & STYLE -

Eas­ily bored? The tra­di­tional health club still has a lot to of­fer those who hate do­ing the same thing over and over. One mem­ber­ship could get you ac­cess to a weights area, func­tional train­ing equip­ment, swim­ming pool, watt bikes and classes that range from old-school step aer­o­bics to boot camp and box­ing.

Make sure your top al­lows you to move freely when you’re lift­ing weights over­head or hang­ing from a bar. Tank top, R250, Cot­ton On bodyGood multi-func­tional leg­gings should have a high, broad waist­band, light com­pres­sion and good stretch so they stay in place in the deep­est squats, don’t slip down on the tread­mill and don’t dig into tummy rolls dur­ing sit-ups. Lux Bold tights, R799, Ree­bok Un­like run­ning shoes, which tend to have a built-up heel (heel drop in tech­ni­cal terms), train­ing shoes should be flat – es­pe­cially if you’re lift­ing weights – so you get max sta­bil­ity. Make sure the sole is grippy enough that it won’t slip on a wooden stu­dio floor. DEFY Luxe train­ers, R1 899, Puma

Big enough to take two tow­els, your work out­fit and your make-up kit, but still com­pact enough for a gym locker, this bag is made from durable wa­ter-re­sis­tant fab­ric so you can stash your swim­ming togs. Sep­a­rate pouches ac­com­mo­date your toi­letries and mul­ti­ple han­dles make for easy car­ry­ing. Thule Chasm 40L bag, R1 999, Thule

Not a fan of the gym playlist? These Blue­tooth ear­buds are com­pletely wire­less so they won’t get in your way even dur­ing moun­tain climbers. Jay­bird Run Jet head­phones, R3 795, Takealot.com

If your work­out in­volves hang­ing from a bar, choose thin­ner gloves that won’t cre­ate ex­tra bulk. Lift­ing weights? Look for pad­ding in the palm. Harbinger Women’s Power glove, R299, Shopharbinger.co.za

We love the cowl neck, long cuffs, op­tional thumb holes and snug fit of this hoodie. Mois­turewick­ing fab­ric makes it ideal for cov­er­ing up af­ter a sweaty HIIT sesh. Z.N.E. hoodie, R1 599, adi­das

There’s no need to splash out on a GPS-en­abled watch if you’re not hit­ting the road. The Fit­bit Charge 3 gives you wrist-based heart-rate mon­i­tor­ing, au­to­matic ex­er­cise track­ing and sleep track­ing. There are 15 ex­er­cise modes to choose from – in­clud­ing swim­ming. Fit­bit Charge 3, R2 489, Takealot.com

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