The beginner’s guide to training gear

February 15 2018

So, you’re an absolute beginner when it comes to fitness.

Well, here’s a secret for you: every person you see out on a long run, every experienced weightlifter at the gym and every Instagram star showing off their skills in workout videos were all in your shoes at one point.

Now that you’ve made the decision to start taking an interest in sport and fitness, you’re well on your way to living a more active and healthy lifestyle. Adding more exercise into your routine comes with a whole host of benefits, including:

Elevated levels of happiness: exercise releases endorphins so you'll feel a rush of positive vibes after a workout.

- Feel better: dropping a few pounds and toning up can do wonders for the soul and give you more confidence.

- Improved sleep: all that hard work will help you enjoy a deep slumber every night, so you'll feel lovely and refreshed in time for your next session.

We can help you find the right gear and kit you need to help you train better and prevent injury to go further on your fitness journey.

Gear for cardio

Cardiovascular exercise (cardio) is a great way of burning calories, can strengthen your heart and lungs, and can even help to reduce your stress levels. It’s a great form of exercises for beginners, as you can start low impact and build up as you improve.

It’s important to wear the correct pair of trainers when doing cardio so that you are properly supported and totally comfortable in every workout.

Cardio gear: Our top recommendations for beginners

NIKE Air Zoom Vomero 13

Men’s

Women’s

This stylish trainer provides locked-down support and Zoom Air cushioning to keep your feet protected during both high-intensity and low-intensity cardio workouts. Both lightweight and functional, this plush shoe is perfect for helping you feel more comfortable while you exercise.

Gear for strength training

Strength training (also known as resistance training) is huge at the moment, so you’ll hear lots of people talking about it at the gym. This exercise is not all about building up huge muscles and looking like Arnie after a session! It can also be used to help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss. It also protects your bone health and muscle mass, and even plays a role in disease prevention.  

Make sure you’re properly kitted out when you begin your strength training to help keep you comfortable and supported with our top picks.

Strength-training gear: our top recommendations for beginners

Women's NIKE Impact Sports Bra

The Nike Impact Sports Bra provides great support for high-intensity strength-training. Its narrow, T-shaped back design allows for a full range of motion, giving you the freedom to try out a wide range of new workouts, without feeling restricted.

Men’s Alphaskin Sport Long Tight

Alphaskin tights are made with Climacool, a feature that manages sweat so you can focus on your fitness regimen. With an anti-odour fabric and a compression fit, you’ll see an immediate boost in your  performance with these unique men’s training tights.

Unisex adidas Elite Training Gloves

Weight training doesn’t have to take its toll on your hands. You can protect your  palms with Elite Training Gloves from adidas, made with full palm padding for maximum comfort with a firm grip. They even have built-in ventilation to keep your hands comfortable and cool, so you can train for longer and see results faster.

Gear for swimming

Swimming is a brilliant exercise for beginners, as it helps to build muscle and cardiovascular strength while limiting pressure on your joints. It can also enhance your range of motion and build your endurance while working out almost every muscle group you have.

Swimming gear: our top recommendations for beginners

Men's Speedo Logo Aquashorts

These swimming shorts are made with Speedo’s shape-retaining EnduranceⓇ10 fabric, offering a fit that feels like new for longer. They reduce drag as you move through the water, making swimming your first mile that much easier to achieve.

Women's adidas Costume

This swimsuit from adidas is built to last longer with chlorine-proof INFINITEXⓇ+ fabric, so you can worry less about wear and tear. It has a dry, soft touch even when wet, so you can swim for longer with no risk of chafing.

Unisex Speedo Futura Biofuse Goggles

A good pair of goggles is a must for all swimming beginners. These unisex goggles will ensure that your eyes stay comfortable and protected throughout your workout.

Gear for boxing

Boxing and boxing-style workouts are a brilliant way for you to start your fitness journey. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they take a lot of concentration, making it a great mental exercise, too.

Boxing gear: our top recommendations for beginners

adidas New Speed 050 Boxing Glove

These gloves are perfect for using on pads or a punching bag. They're made with high-grade PU material and are ergonomically shaped to aid power. Unleash your inner Rocky!

Men's Under Armour Threadborne Seamless SS T-shirt

You need to be wearing clothing that’s both comfortable and lightweight when boxing. This top is unbeatable when it comes to keeping you dry, comfortable and looking good.

Men’s Under Armour Raid Novelty Shorts

These ultra-lightweight shorts keep beginners feeling light while they train, helping you move more quickly to perfect your dodges. And with material that wicks sweat away and anti-odor technology, you’ll stay dry and fresh no matter how intense your training schedule gets.

Women's Reebok YourFlex Trainette

These lightweight, breathable shoes are perfect to help you with all the quick footwork you need for boxing. Midfoot support helps you adjust to every step while getting the traction and support you need.

There’s no time like the present to start making healthy changes to your lifestyle, even if you’re an absolute beginner. For further help and advice, check out our beginner's guide to the gym or take a look at our easy 10-minute workouts.