SPORT BASICS

Sometimes you just don't know where to start. Here is the first step.

Must Haves:

  • Bike
    • Any type of bike will do, just as long as it has good tires, shifts gears properly (if it has more than one gear) and working brakes.
  • Helmet
    • Always a good idea to get a new helmet versus a used one. You do not know the shape of the used helmet or if the previous owner has dropped it or damaged it on accident. Helmet does not need to be expensive and can be purchased from any major sporting goods store or bike shop
  • Cycling Shorts

    • You will thank me later if you have never ridden in cycling shorts before. This will save all the sensitive areas on your body and feel much more comfortable while riding.

    • No underwear required under the cycling shorts.

  • Chamois Butter = no chaffing!

    • Apply chamois butter on the chamois/pad of the cycling short before riding to avoid chaffing and hurting those ever sensitive areas of your body.

  • Water Bottle

    • Drink water while working out regardless of the activity. Make sure there is a place to hold the water bottle on the bike. Also known as a water bottle cage.

  • Small tool kit with spare tube

    • Tool Kit Includes: allen wrench multi-tool set, C02 Cartridge, C02 Pump, Tire Levers, Tire Patch Kit

    • Go into any bike shop and they can get you set up with exactly what you need.

    • Purchase a little under seat pouch to hold the tools.

 

Nice to Have:

  • Cycling Jersey

    • Can be purchased online. It will be rare to find larger sizes at a local bike shop. A cycling jersey has pockets on the back of the shirt to carry misc. items and is made of a dry wicking material.

  • Cycling Gloves

    • The gloves help to keep your hand more comfortable while riding.

    • Finger-less gloves are great for warmer temps while full finger gloves help when the temps are a little cooler.

    • There are various pad sizes available in the palm of the gloves. It will be a personal preference as to what you will like.

 

Work to Have:

  • Clipped in Cycling Shoes

  • Heart Rate Monitor

  • GPS System

 

Must Haves:

  • Skates
    • Choose any skates that are in good working order. Roller skates or inline skates are both great.
  • Helmet
    • Always a good idea to get a new helmet versus a used one. You do not know the shape of the used helmet or if the previous owner has dropped it or damaged it on accident. Helmet does not need to be expensive and can be purchased from any major sporting goods store or bike shop
  • Comfortable Clothes

    • Choose clothes that are easy to move in and that you feel comfortable in.

  • Water Bottle

    • Drink water while working out regardless of the activity. Either plan to carry a water bottle or wear something that will carry the water bottle.

 

Nice to Have:

  • Hydration Backpack

    • These are nice to have especially in very warm climates where you need to consume larger amounts of water while working out. Camelbak is one name brand but there are many others out there that are priced at different levels.

  • Additional Safety Equipment – elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards

    • Wearing additional safety equipment is a personal preference so choose what makes you comfortable. If you are just learning I would recommend purchasing these.

 

Work to Have:

  • GPS Wrist Watch

  • Heart Rate monitor

  • Extra wheels and bearings

 

 

Must Haves:

  • Shoes
    • Pick shoes that are comfortable, have good support and you like to wear.
  • Comfortable Clothes

    • Choose clothes that are easy to move in that you feel comfortable in.

  • Water Bottle

    • Drink water while working out regardless of the activity. Either plan to carry a water bottle or wear something that will carry the water bottle.

  • Body Glide = no chaffing!

    • This is your new friend. Use it any area that rubbing happens and it will prevent chaffing. Good for under arm use, on your feet and between your legs. You will thank me later.

 

Nice to Have:

  • Some like to get lost in the music while out running and walking.
  • Dry Fit Technical Clothing

    • Check the What to Wear section for where you can find technical clothing.

 

Work to Have:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

  • Different shoes for different terrains

 

Must Haves:

  • Swimsuit
    • This doesn’t have to be an actual swimsuit in the traditional sense. Pick something that you are comfortable in and works in the water when wet. This could be a spandex short and a tank top or a swimsuit.

 

Nice to Have:

  • Swim goggles

    • These can be picked up at any major sporting goods store. Try them on and see what is most comfortable. Yes, your eyeballs will feel like they are popping out of your head but it shouldn’t feel painful.

  • Swim cap

    • A swim cap can be nice when you are swimming laps. It helps keep the hair out of your face and if you are wearing goggles they won’t get stuck on your hair if you have a swim cap on.

    • It can be picked up at most major sporting goods stores. Do a practice run of putting it on at home so you get used to it before you hit the pool.

Work to Have:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

  • Aquatic Fitness gear – fitness gloves, jog belt, hand weights

     

CYCLING

SKATING

RUNNING/WALKING

SWIMMING

 
 
 

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