Updated: April 2018

Jacob's fitness essentials for working out, running, sleeping, eating, or anything I use to optimize my health above the normal day-to-day.

  • Audio books - Audible 
    • Passing time on a run or in the sauna it helps to turn on an audiobook. Physical books don't hold up well in the sauna with sweat dripping on the paper and heat unbinding the book.
  • Blender - Vitamix for my smoothies 
    • Best purchase of 2017. This blender is essential to my daily smoothie addition. Worth every penny due to having no problem blending anything I throw t it.
  • Bottle - blender bottle for workout supplements 
    • Just your typical shaker bottle for pre-workout, intra-workout, post-workout, amino acid, whey, protein, or spirulina mix.
  • Fitness tracking - Apple Watch with sports loop 
    • I have the 2nd edition (no longer exists) but can survive underwater, sauna, and my HIIT workouts. Heart rate tracks reasonably well when compared to other smart watches. My previous tracker was a Fitbit, which I'd still recommend if you live outside the Apple universe. If you are into performance competitions and have the money to spend I'd look into a Garmin.
  • Food tracking - Cronometer app
    • There are a ton of nutrition/food tracking apps out there. It most all features of the other big names, like barcode scanning and database lookup, but I've found Cronometer to have the most detailed micronutrient content available. Easy to set up or manually input supplements or custom pre-workouts, which is great for someone who can't scan every fast food meal.
  • Gym bag - Marmot Kompressor pack
    • Any bag will do for a gym bag. This functions as a lightweight day-trail bag for hikes and walking to the gym. Ultra light and ultra simple.
  • Headphones/earpods - B&O H7 and Jabra Elite 65t or B&O H5 
    • Music, podcasts and audiobooks are my staple of passing time during my fitness ventures. My over-the-ear choice has been the wireless Bang & Olfsen H7. Killer sound. My light and portable in-ear true-wireless Jabra choice is all about staying in ear, narrow profile, and amazing sound. True-wireless is still picking up steam.
  • Muscle massage - foam roller; lacrosse balls
    • Immediately or a day after a foam roller and lacrosse balls should be everyone's go-to. Getting circulation pumping and a deep tissue massage yourself can be done with these two items. Just try sitting on a lacrosse ball on your super sore glut after a hard squat day. 
  • Podcasts - Podcasts
    • Passing time on a run or in the sauna it helps to listen to other people talk and learn some news or informative topics. My favorite podcasts are: FoundMyFitness, JRE, Tim Ferriss, NPR, TED, TFATK, STEM-talk, 10% Happier, IQsquared, Philosophize this!, RadioLab, Waking Up.
  • Shoes (workout) - Nike flyknit
    • The sock-like flyknit material makes these easy to slip on and ultra light. Perfect for a walking shoe or a training shoe. Easily machine washable is a must due to my white on white colorway attracts dirt often. I don't run in these because they don't have much side-to-side support and my foot slides over the edge when stopping or cutting corners.
  • Shoes (running) - New Balance 1400v5
    • I like a minimal shoe when I run. Used to run in a New Balance minimus, but found the 1400 series to have just-enough soul support and hold up for a couple hundred miles. On my 4th pair of 1400's.
  • Sleep tracking - iPhone Clock app (Bedtime)
    • Self explanatory here. But the Bedtime feature inside the Clock app is great because you can set a wake-time as it back calcs a bedtime. Then it reminds you an hour (or whatever you set) when to go to bed in order to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm. Leverage your phone! Be sure to put it on nightmode though!
  • Stretching - resistance band
    • I have one medium strength resistance band to stretch out my shoulders. I have genetically bad shoulders (says the Orthopedic doc) with a torn labrum on both sides and a cuff issue as well. Either way home exercise is convenient when it's rainy or a lazy day indoors.
  • Supplements
    • To optimize my health I take a few supplements. Navigate here where I detail out everything I take to aid my genetic predispositions, improve muscle recovery, and maximize my mental clarity.