If you are like us you know that there are certain things that you always have in your gym bag when going to play a game of pick up basketball. The first things that come to mind for us are things like basketball shoes, basketball, and maybe an extra shirt or pair of socks. However, we present five things to you that you will want to start putting in your gym bag to keep you smelling fresh and even improve your game. Each serves a specific purpose and will very likely come in handy.
Hey if you are like us you are no stranger to post basketball game feet funk. This brutal combination of sweat and feet will leave you embarrassed and most basketball groupies nauseous. Not what you want my friend, not at all. Well a cool little product that we have used ourselves to keep our shoes smelling fresh are called Sneaker Balls. Sneaker Balls are little plastic balls that twist open to release air freshener from inside. We love these because they are much simpler to use than your run of the mill shoe freshener spray. Just pop ’em in your shoes after a game and leave them in until you are ready for your next hustle.
Most basketball pumps take up a lot of space in your gym bag that can make them difficult to bring along. This Fitness Factor Pump is very portable and has an ergonomic design which allows you to pump the basketball without hand fatigue. While this pump is smaller than most it is still very efficient at pumping air and will come in handy especially in the winter months when basketballs that spent the night in your car lose a lot of air.
Step up from the towels that are provided by your local YMCA or fitness club. While they will wipe the sweat off your face they will not help cool your body down after you play a few games back to back. That’s where the Chill Pal Ultimate Cooling Towel comes in. This towel when soaked in water and snapped can be placed on your body and will bring down your body temperature in a “snap”. It is amazing how the Chill Pal can make you feel better when your body is about to go in the tank due to overheating.
If you find yourself on a gym floor that has not been waxed in many years or the bottom of your sneakers are slippery, then MISSION Athletecare Court Grip will be a life saver. All you have to do to improve your grip on the court is this product to the bottom of your shoes. This can certainly make you feel more confident while playing, which can in turn actually improve your performance. Despite the fact that we like this product we do have to put in a word of caution. Court Grip is made primarily from acetone which can remove paint among other things. We recommend that if you use this product to be careful not to spill it.
No pick up basketball game is worth losing your chicklets for, and that is why we recommend using a mouthguard while you play. Oh, I hear you say you are worried that people will make fun of you, well just own it and no one will say a word. The Venum Challenger Mouthguard is made by an MMA gear company, and is the best mouth guard you can find on Amazon. We love that this mouthguard has an outer frame made from high density rubber. Next time you take a shot to the mouth you will be glad you have this.