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Secure your stuff! Student or Public Gym Goer

Anyone who has been involved in the fitness trend, or involved in athletics with themselves, family members, or children, knows the high cost of sports equipment. Parents who spend 100s on their child's equipment many times overlook the need to educate themselves and their children about keeping their stuff safe.

Securing your gym stuff is important to ensure that your belongings remain safe while you work out.

Lockers: Most gyms provide lockers for members to store their belongings. Make sure to bring a sturdy lock and use it to secure your locker. Choose a combination lock or a key lock that you feel comfortable with.

Anti-Theft Bags: Invest in an anti-theft bag that has features like slash-proof straps, lockable zippers, and RFID-blocking pockets. These bags are designed to deter theft and protect your valuables.

Keep Valuables at Home: Whenever possible, avoid bringing valuable items like expensive jewelry, large amounts of cash, or important documents to the gym. It's best to leave them at home or in a secure location.

Use Gym-Specific Bags: Consider using a gym-specific bag that is less attractive to potential thieves. This can help you blend in and not draw unnecessary attention.

Avoid Flashy Displays: Keep your belongings discreet by not displaying expensive gadgets or items while at the gym. This can help prevent attracting unwanted attention.

Stay Aware: Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. If you notice any suspicious behavior, report it to the gym staff or management.

Buddy System: If possible, go to the gym with a workout partner. Having someone you trust nearby can deter thieves.

Check Gym Policies: Familiarize yourself with your gym's policies regarding security and lost items. Knowing what procedures are in place can help you recover lost items more effectively.

Use Hidden Pockets: Some workout clothes have hidden pockets where you can store small items like keys or cash. Utilize these pockets to keep your belongings secure.

Stay Visible: If you're using headphones, keep the volume low enough so you can remain aware of your surroundings. Being attentive can help you notice any suspicious activity.

Personalize Your Items: Make your gym items easily identifiable by adding a unique tag, sticker, or marker. This can help you quickly recognize your belongings and discourage theft.

Avoid Leaving Items Unattended: Even if you're stepping away for a moment, avoid leaving your belongings unattended. Thieves can act quickly, so it's best to take your items with you.

Carry Only What You Need: Limit the number of items you bring to the gym. Only bring essentials like your workout clothes, a water bottle, and a small bag for your valuables.

By following these tips and remaining vigilant, you can significantly reduce the risk of theft and keep your gym stuff secure.

Always remember, Rule one, no matter where you go, Always keep your training and competing gear secure. I’m referring to your lifting shoes, belt, knee wraps or bands, wrist wraps, athletic tape, analgesic rubs, training log, and whatever you can’t do without training and competing.

My recent personal experience really stressed to me how important your training and competing gear are and that you had better secure them so you don’t have them stolen, as that could cost you a personal best performance or a championship, or a qualifying total. And, of course, there is the expense of replacing your gear.

Also, whenever you travel by plane or any other means, keep your gear in your possession or in as secure a place as absolutely possible. Never, ever check your gear when you travel by plane. And never put liquids in your gym bag. I know of lifters who have had everything from bottles of Coca-Cola to Jack Daniels break in their gym bags. Try lifting in gear soaked in Coke or whiskey!

Secure and take the best care of your workout and competition gear, and hopefully, you won’t have any of the above experiences.

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