Sports Direct Training FAQ's

TRÉNING

Train your body – and your mind – not to quit, with fitness and training’s most sought after knowledge.

In the gym, on a run, training at home or in a class, your new fitness journey starts here. From warming up properly to cooling down effectively, types of workouts to making the most of every workout and what to wear to what to pack, this is the guide of training motivation and fitness education.
Let’s start at the very beginning…

THE BASICS

HOW DO I WARM UP AND COOL DOWN PROPERLY?

Warming up, and cooling down, are two of the most important parts of a workout. They help in the prevention of injuries by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the muscles during warm up and reducing the heart rate during cool down. A warm up should last a minimum of five minutes and should involve a combination of low intensity movements, where you should aim to involve all parts of your body.

Sports Direct Training FAQ's
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MAXIMISING YOUR PERFORMANCE

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WHAT GYM CLOTHES SHOULD I WEAR?

The best gym clothes are designed to be supportive, lightweight and breathable. It's a good idea to wear something flexible or stretchy, ensuring you feel comfortable and are able to move freely.

WOMEN'S GYM WEAR

The key pieces include a training top, long or short sleeved, training leggings or shorts and a sports bra with the fit and support that is right for you and your exercise.

GYM WEAR FOR MEN

A training t shirt alebo vest, with a pair of training shorts alebo training tights are essentials for the gym.

There are some fundamental clothing technologies to consider for comfort when buying gym clothes

BREATHABILITY

  • Breathable clothing helps you to keep you cool whilst training, through technologies that increase air flow to the skin
  • For example, the Nike Run Breathe T Shirt is extremely breathable with Nike Dri-FIT technology, hence the name, while the adidas Aeroknit 3-Stripes T-Shirt is focused on incredible breathability

SWEAT WICKING

  • Sweat wicking clothing draws sweat and moisture away from the body to keep you dry and cool during your workout
  • Top sweat-wicking technologies include Nike’s Dri-FIT tech, adidas’ Aeroready and Under Armour’s Heat Gear
  • The Under Armour Technical Training T-Shirt is a popular pick as a sweat-wicking gym top, while adidas Aeroknit Tights are top sweat-wicking leggings for the gym

FLEXIBILITY

  • Flexible clothing allows for a full range of movement whilst exercising, not restricting your workout in any way. This is key for almost all workouts
  • The USA Pro High Rise Leggings allow for great range of movement, whilst being squat proof, so there’s no added stress during your workout
  • We also recommend the Under Armour Tech Twist T-Shirt for ultimate flexibility

SEAMLESS

  • Seamless clothing provides ultimate comfort and durability to reduce irritation and chaffing when exercising
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WHAT GYM SHOES SHOULD I BUY?

The right gym shoes mean you'll get the most out of your exercise. Gym shoes with a flat and wide base are great for weightlifting, as they help support your stability. In contrast, lightweight and breathable gym trainers are the best choice for cardiovascular and endurance workouts because there's less weight on your feet and more airflow to your feet, keeping you more comfortable for longer.

Key technologies to look out for in gym trainers and training shoes:

Be sure to browse our extensive selection of gym shoes and gym trainers, with a multitude of training shoes for both men a women – from the greatest workout supports including Nike, adidas a Under Armour

HOME WORKOUT

With the right gym and fitness equipment and a proper training programme, home workouts are just as effective as those in the gym. You don't need to do anything different, just make sure you are training correctly.

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TRAINING GLOSSARY

ENDURANCE TRAINING

This could be building up your endurance from cardio training to weight training. If you have been running for four weeks and started off being able to run 3K without stopping and you can now run 5K, you have built your endurance. The can be said if you are lifting weights and can now do more reps than before

HIIT

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it’s as simple as that – but definitely not that easy!

REPS

The number of times you do an exercise. For example, if you are doing bicep curls, one curl would equal one rep

FORM

Form is the way you hold yourself or a weight when performing an exercise. It is really important you get this right, not only to help you get the best out of your work out but to minimise risk of injury

LACTIC ACID

This is an acid that your body produces when low in oxygen - in order to create more energy from glucose. You need to warm up and cool down to ensure that you do not cause a build-up of lactic acid

STRENGTH TRAINING

This is building up your strength to be able to lift more weight. For example, if began your training by squatting 10kg and can now squat 18kg after four weeks, you have built up your strength