5 Great Simple Accessories for Extreme Athletes

When you think about accessories for extreme athletes, you might picture heavy-duty helmets, plenty of elbow and knee pads and other safety gear. While these are definitely important, there are plenty of other types of products that help extreme athletes train and get ready for the next competition. The following five accessories are must-haves if you’re a serious athlete:

XShot Pro

xshot paragliding photography with cade palmer in NZOne of the best ways you can check your training progress and hone in on what you need to work on is by filming your workouts. Plus, it’s fun to share your amazing stunts on social media. Since you may bike, climb or run quickly over unusual surfaces, a typical handheld camera or selfie stick is not going to suffice. The perfect solution is the XShot Pro Pole because it features an aircraft-grade anodized aluminum 360 ball head that can be adjusted to any angle and fits both regular compact camera and GoPros. The pole is a compact seven inches, so it’s easy to stash in a gear bag, but it also can extend to 32 inches, which enables you to capture the footage you need to check out your training.

Vans Shoes

Guajataca SkateboardingBeing an extreme athlete requires more than skill — you also have to look the part. One way to do this is by wearing the kinds of athletic gear and shoes that announce your commitment to your sport. For example, if you’re a skateboarder, Vans shoes are the perfect dynamic duo. Vans has been a big part of the skateboarding culture for years, and the company often sponsors skate events and works closely with dedicated skate brands like CCS.

Yurbuds Earphones

If you like to listen to music while you are training, you may get frustrated with how easily typical ear buds fall out. The Yurbuds Earphones are the perfect solution. Designed by athletes for athletes, the Yurbuds have a “twist and lock” technology that creates a snug fit and prevents them from popping out — even during the most extreme workouts. As a bonus, they are sweat- and water-resistant and cost an affordable $29.99.

Suunto Ambit3 Sports Watch

You love tracking your workout data, progress, heart rate and speed. With the Suunto Ambit3 sports watch, you can monitor all of that data and more. The innovative watch features run, cycle and swim options that track your progress, altitude, speed and distance. Plus, if you are training on new, perilous ground, the watch offers GPS navigation. Priced around $250, the Sunnto Ambit3 syncs your data to the Suunto app and website for easier viewing.


Trampoline workouts offer a low-impact and antigravity cardio workout that gets the heart rate going and the muscles moving. Trampolining also improves balance and provides a better cardio workout than a half hour of running. You can either use a regular large trampoline in your backyard or purchase a small rebounder trampoline that can be used indoors or outside. To check how much the workout is impacting your heart rate, wear your sports watch and be surprised at how tired you feel after a good 30 minutes of jumping.

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