Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Right Equipment

If you want to get a job done right you need the right tools.  I’m sure you’ve heard this before and I’m not telling you anything new, but it really is true.  In my sporting life I have found this to be the case over and over again as I progressed toward fitness.

When I began at the gym I just did my thing and basically used one or two tools out of the whole set available to me, both at equipment at the gym and my own body. Eventually I got some guidance and now I use all the equipment for their intended purposes

I bought actual running shoes over the summer and while I have heard it said that $100 running shoes don’t make you go any faster I would disagree with that if they are actual running shoes and the extra money is spent on function and not branding.  The ankle that I snapped over doesn’t hurt with those shoes on and they provide much more stability than $30 Wal*Mart shoes do.

Over the summer I also finally bought some Under Armour shirts and again am amazed at how well they actually work and provide the benefits they claim on the labels.

An so finally I have brought this idea to my hockey while I have been slowly integrating new things for hockey like new skates for last year (my first pair of new skates turned me from an ankle burner into someone that can actually skate a few years ago) and today I have bought a composite hockey stick.  It was a cheap one yes (I’m still not ready to fork over $100+, or even $50+) but it is a composite stick.  Here’s hoping it does for my shot what new skates did for my skating.  It would be nice to have a bullet shot for a change.

The right equipment for the right job simply makes things easier!


  1. Too true! You need the right tools of the right quality. You're right about those shoes. You get what you pay for.

    The Germans have a saying: "Ich bin nicht so reich, um billige Sachen zu kaufen!" (I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things!) Those "expensive" shoes will save you money in the long run because you won't have to replace them so soon, or slip and fall and pay for medical attention, get the idea.

  2. Hi Chris! This is an interesting post. I do find that the gym mats at my gym are very unsafe for yoga because they do not create the sticky grip from moist bare feet on it, like my relatively expensive yoga mat does. When I tried to do yoga on the cheap gym mats, my feet slid out from under me--this is *not* safe. And my yoga mat is much longer, so I, as a tall person, can do more exercises on it.

    :-) Marion