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