4. Wear indoor shoes
It’s good to get in the habit of bringing along some separate, specialized gym shoes, especially if you’re serious about lifting. A flat, wide shoe with zero heel-toe drop (like Chuck Taylor All-stars) will stabilize you on deadlifts, while one of the big brands’ specific shoes made for lifting will help squats, because they can improve your ankle and knee angles. If you’re doing CrossFit or similar multifaceted workouts, get CrossFit-focused shoes.
This rule is even more important on bad-weather days, says Boyce: “If it’s wet or snowy outside, we don’t want you to bring that slush and dirt into the gym.” Puddles of slush on the pushup mat are no fun.
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