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Today we’ll talk about clothes and special equipment that can be used in bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding activewear and equipment is a very important thing, so you should take it seriously. Of course, the tracksuit should be light, breathable and comfortable, and keep warm well. It is best to train in clothes made from cotton or wool, or, at least, from breathable synthetics. Clothing should be loose or elastic enough to not restrict bodily movement.
Sportswear shouldn’t be very tight. This interferes with normal blood circulation, contributes to the excessive accumulation of subcutaneous fat.
Wear a cotton T-shirt for training. Such clothes perfectly absorb sweat and do not irritate the skin. Do not work out without a shirt. Not everyone wants to see your sweaty torso. Do not wear jeans or other clothing that restricts bodily movements. It will interfere with many exercises, such as squats. Loose sweatpants or shorts are preferable.
And finally, the clothes should always be clean. If you just dry it, it will not absorb sweat intensively enough and will become an excellent environment for pathogenic microbes. And the smell of sweat will make the training even more uncomfortable.
Weight belt is a tight wide belt with a reliable buckle. It is worn on the lower back during exercises such as deadlifts, bench presses, squats. It supports the spine in a stable position, exerting uniform load on the lateral surfaces of the torso, lower back and abdomen. The belt should be tight, but it should not interfere with proper breathing and exercise technique. After the set, remove the belt.
Choose a quality belt with a width of about 150 mm from strong material. The belt can be used in push-ups and pull-ups.
Wristbands and elastic bandages are worn on the wrists (sometimes on the elbows) in various presses, squats, pulls. They stabilize the hand, protect against sprain and create a massage effect. In order not to block the blood flow, they are removed during rest between sets, as is the belt. The length of the wristbands is from 30 to 60 cm.
Knee bandages have the same function as wristbands, but for knee joints. They are made of the same material, but bigger. In some power sports (powerlifting), hard knee bandages are an integral part of the training process and competition. They serve as insurance against injury and help to lift weight.
Wrist support bandage is a support sleeve sewn from elastic fabric, which is used to maintain heat in the articular and periarticular region twist waist. It is most often used to recover from ankle, elbow and knee joint injuries.
In weightlifting wrist straps are often used. These 50 mm straps made of dense inelastic material are used to hold a dumbbell or barbell in the hands when there is not enough strength of the forearms and hands.
Gym Gloves is a piece of equipment for hands. Gloves are usually made of leather, leatherette, synthetic materials, cotton. With gloves, the grip becomes stronger, and the discomfort caused by the pressure of the bar on the palm decreases.
It is better to choose gloves made from neoprene or leather. These materials contribute to increased adhesion to metal. Avoid nylon-coated gloves as they slide during exercise. Choose gloves that tightly fix your wrists. This helps to avoid sprains and injuries during basic exercises, especially with heavy weights. Choose correct glove size to make the training effective and comfortable.
Magnesia is used when working with heavy weights. This white powder helps improve the grip. In modern gyms, magnesia is used extremely rarely. Not every gym owner wants to see magnesia scattered on the carpet and powdered equipment.
It is important to know that when used in closed unventilated rooms, magnesia is harmful to the lungs. Regular inhalation of magnesia may lead to silicosis — occupational illness of miners. In some people, it causes such allergy symptoms as blocked nose, watery eyes, itchy skin, or a rash.
In the training diary, all the training days of the cycle and planned training sessions with the weight of the training tools, as well as records of the actual training sessions with the number of sets, reps and lifted weight should be written. You can also mark your results here. Every few weeks, write down your weight and anthropometric measurements (waist, chest, biceps, etc.) in the training diary. This will help analyze and make plans for the future, to make each training session effective and interesting.