After getting a number of comments on Facebook and learning more from strength and conditioning coach Kelly Starrett and his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, I realize there is a problem with 1 of these suggestions. You should not have to use a back brace if you are using good form and you need to make sure you are using good form without a brace. If I feel my back hurting, I now take that as a sign that I need to lower the weight, figure out the problem with my form, and correct that problem before going back up.
There are a few things that I find help during a workout and experts have backed up that they help as well. These are extra things, obviously you should have a water bottle and the right clothes. None of these extras are too expensive but I suggest these to anyone who has heavy lifting in their workout regimen.
1. Gym Chalk
2. Mouth Guard
3. Back Brace
Any step you can take to prevent injury in the gym, especially if it does not cost much money, is a smart move. An injury can put you out of the gym for a long time and all it takes is one slip-up. The back brace will help you keep correct form, the chalk will help you keep a firm grasp, and the mouth guard will protect your teeth while also allowing you to breathe easier. Don't think you're invincible because you bought a few things but get as much support as you can.
Do you have anything different that you bring to the gym to either boost your strength or protect you from injury? What exercises are benefit most?
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