C.C Ponycap Ponytail Hat for Women

From Amazon

One size fits most, mesh trucker style, 60% cotton, 40% polyester.

There’s this saying: “If you see a woman adjusting her ponytail between sets, then you know that shit is about to go down!” Or maybe ponytails are just really annoying and always coming undone during tough workouts? I don’t know, I’m a bald dude. But I once spoke to a woman (no, really) and she told me that these caps rock. They have a nifty slot in the back for ponytails and messy buns. Perfect for that 5AM gym sesh.

– Chris Shugart

EliteFTS Not Shredded, Not Concerned Tee

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Printed on Gildan DryBlend tee.

As Dave Tate says, it’s not about how you look; it’s about how your total looks. Not competing in powerlifting? Then tell the world that you’re focusing on strength right now. And pizza. Available in black, gray, and red.

– Chris Shugart

QALO Silicone Rings

From Amazon

Medical grade silicone wedding rings

If you’re as devilishly handsome as I am, you know how annoying it is when you don’t wear your wedding band to the gym. Hey ladies, can’t a guy just work out without constantly being asked for his digits? Yeah, okay, that doesn’t happen. But wearing a wedding ring to the gym is a hassle: it’s constantly clacking against the bars and it can even be dangerous if it affects your grip. Enter QALO rings. These are high-quality silicone bands designed for lifters, outdoorsy types, and hard workers. They’re comfortable, clank-free, and super affordable. I’ve worn one for years, and the new styles and colors available today are pretty badass.

– Chris Shugart

Reigning Champ Side Zip Hoodie

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Here’s another upgraded classic from Reigning Champ. This detail-obsessed company has taken the venerable hoodie and reworked every aspect of it. From its rugged flatlock seams to its premium cuffs, this is not your typical athletic pullover made by some ten-year old Chinese kid. Don’t let your next ex-girlfriend run off with this one.

Reigning Champ Midweight Sweatpants

From Amazon

Not gonna lie, these are some pricey sweatpants. But there’s a reason Reigning Champ’s motto is “Respect the details. Master simplicity.” They’ve mastered the art of taking classic athletic apparel and giving it the premium, high-end treatment. These suckers are literally handcrafted. They’ll last forever. Every detail is accounted for, from the woven drawstring to the slanted, jersey-lined front pockets. These are your new favorite sweatpants. You just don’t know it yet.

NOBULL Men’s Training Shoes

$129 from Amazon

Lightweight, breathable, and flexible. Seamless, one-piece construction upper, abrasion resistant.

A few years ago I became very frustrated while shopping for some all-around training shoes. They were all either very specialized or designed for 12 year olds with bad taste. Then I discovered NOBULL, a company that makes “no-gimmicks” shoes and apparel for hard-training grown-ups.

This cross trainer does it all, from lifting to running to sled pushing. I have three pair and wear them for everything. The NOBULL Trainer is available in a multitude of colors and patterns, but I love their basic solids. Don’t worry, you can still get them in purple camo if you’re into that. – Chris Shugart

Lululemon Mens Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve Shirt

$68 from Amazon

Seamless construction, non-chaffing, strategic venting. Sweat-wicking fabric is 4-way stretch. Fabric inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the shirt.

Why pay $68 for a T-shirt? Because you’ll still be training in it years from now. I bought my first Metal Vent shirt 7 years ago, and after wearing it a couple times per week and washing it hundreds of times, it still looks the same and keeps its shape. The color never seems to fade and the collar never gets stretched out.

The fit is perfect too. Not too clingy, but fitted around the arms so people will definitely know you lift. Lots of colors available too. – Chris Shugart

JUNK Brands Sports Headband

$16 from Amazon
20% off with Amazon Coupon

Sweat wicking, quick drying, machine washable, one size fits all.

I never knew I needed a headband until I tried Dan John’s Half-Hour Deadlift Challenge. (Pull 2 reps of 315 pounds every minute on the minute for half an hour.) At the 20-minute mark, my bar was slick with sweat. I tried a regular bandana but it kept slipping. And it looked stupid.

So I picked up a JUNK headband at the CrossFit Games and it did the trick. It fits flat, never slips, never drips, and makes you look like a ninja, not a hippie. Available in dozens of styles and colors. – Chris Shugart

Grunt Style Basic Men’s T-Shirt

$14.95 from Amazon

100% Cotton. Ultra soft and comfortable. Tagless, itch-free design. Ribbed collar that won’t lose its shape. Athletic fit, order a size up if you’re unsure.

I got annoyed with paying 50 to 100 bucks for a workout shirt, so I was thrilled when I found Grunt Style T-shirts. The company’s run by veterans and they make an inexpensive, great looking, great fitting T-shirt that comes in a bunch of colors. Best of all, their lifetime “Beer Guarantee.” You tear it, spill beer on it, or get “blood stains from defending the American flag from terrorists,” they replace it. – TC Luoma

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker

$50.45 from Amazon

Canvas high-top sneakers. Synthetic sole. Canvas upper. Rubber toe cap.

When I put on my high-top Chucks, I feel a connection to all the greats of the past, but I’m not talking about skinny white basketball players from the 1950’s. No, I mean the hundreds of elite lifters, some of who set all-time world records, who pledge allegiance to almighty Chucks. They’re just terrific, inexpensive, retro-stylish shoes for doing squats and deadlifts. The thick, flat sole gives you all the stability you need to push up big weights. – TC Luoma

prAna Women’s Journeyman

$23.03 from Amazon

50% Polyester, 47% Cotton, 3% Polyurethane

Hats are essential for the gym. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time fixing your hair before you’re about to get it sweaty. So a good hat covers up the mess and allows you to focus on the work.

Why this particular hat? Well, I have one of those faces that doesn’t look good in most ball caps. But the fit of this and other prAna hats actually works well. So if you’ve got a similarly weird-shaped face, you might give this hat a shot. – Dani Shugart

Teva Women’s Olowahu Flip-Flop

$20 from Amazon

Water-ready polyester webbing upper. Extremely durable and dries quickly after getting wet. The mush-top sole cushions and forms to your foot. Two securing cross straps.

Pack these in your gym bag and slip them on after your workout if you’ve got errands to run. These are the most comfortable and longest-lasting flip-flops I’ve ever had. And I’m on my third pair. My first pair lasted over 6 years. Walk your dogs in them, paint your house in them, and do your gardening in them. They’ll actually mold to fit your feet. Bonus: They’re cute enough to wear with casual summer dresses too. – Dani Shugart