With Usain Bolt being the fastest man on the planet, it's no wonder he's a sensation. Lightning Bolt, they call him, and for good reason too, thanks to being the fastest man ever, and the only Olympic champion to hold records for both the 100 and 200 meters simultaneously.
But you know what, pal? Stick to track and field events, will you?
Playing football is another "ball game" altogether. Kidding, of course. Welcome to the football – the beautiful game.
After all, if you've figured one sport which requires a lot of running at a blistering pace, it shouldn't be difficult for you to play football as well.
At least, you'll have competition in the form of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo , Messi, Robin Van Persie and a galaxy of superstars that are taking European football to the next level…
Sports, The Competition and the Quest for a Legacy – A Note
So, what's the difference between a personal workout and competing in a sport?
Competition, glory and defeat and the spoils of war! It's no wonder that most people who don't work out watch some sport or the other.
The social incentive in playing a sport is probably one of the reasons why these athletes will sacrifice everything in their lives. And I mean everything.
No clubbing, no smoking or drinking or even being able to "do your own thing". You are an athlete who works hard everyday to win – there's no pride in second place. Ask any Olympic silver medalist how they feel…
And even if bodybuilding has turned into a sport, it still doesn't have the worldwide recognition that comes with conventional sport like track and field events which is really a workout without weights .
But no matter what these differences are, the truth is that these disciplines are one and the same when it comes to keeping you in top-notch shape, from a fitness point of view, and it's a good for both sportsmen and bodybuilders to recognize the virtues of employing the benefits of both disciplines to their advantage as an athlete.
So, let's look at the basic track and field equipment that one needs in order to start a fitness regimen if not take competing seriously.
Track & Field Equipment – What You Need to Know
Before we jump into the type of equipment one needs to be an athlete or train to be one, it's a good idea to pick a couple of events as your specialty, just like Usain Bolt finds an affinity to the 100 meter dash. So, here is a list of track and field events in the Olympics.
With that out of the way, the next question is: What kind of track and field equipment is required in order to fit in as an athlete?
Hardly any. At a minimum, a pair of running shoes and shorts should do the job but with modern advancements, there are other things that the modern athlete requires such as water bottles, energy drinks and so on and so forth, and which you can obtain at a sporting goods store or even over the web.
As for field events, you'll need the equipment such as the javelin, shot put and so on and so forth to practice with yet most stadiums in the city will already have the equipment for athletes to use.
To sum it up, if you've watched the amount of equipment that goes into playing the game of cricket or baseball, we can consider the equipment needs of an athlete to be little or nothing at all.
So, have we missed out any track and field equipment that is imperative for the modern-day athlete? If so, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.