Here we have 7 essentials for any gym bag, male or female. I like to have a bag packed at all times so that I can grab it in the morning and leave it in the car for the day. When I get home after a workout I re-pack it as I unpack so that I have time to make sure I have everything I need.
Of course, the first thing to pack in your gym bag. A good pair of trainers will make a huge difference to your workouts, particularly if you’re doing cardio. They don’t have to cost the Earth, you can get decent trainers for as little as £40.
Calluses are not your friend. They can be painful and make your hands rough, which I am not down for. But they’re all too familiar when weightlifting. So when I’m gripping a barbell or a dumbbell, or using a bar on the cable machine that has rough grips I use my gloves to protect my hands.
I got these for Christmas a couple of years ago, they’ve lasted longer than I thought although I’ll probably need to buy a new pair soon.
I don’t know about you but when I work out I like music. And the music in my gym isn’t always what I want to hear when I’m exercising. The wires on my earphones got really irritating, kept tangling up and meant that I had to have my phone on or near me all the time.
I did have a pair of wireless earphones which were incredible whilst working out but they broke. I would definitely recommend wireless earphones if you’re on the market for new ones, they’re so much easier whilst you’re working out.
4. Protein Shaker
I recently bought this protein shaker from My Protein. It’s got two compartments for my supplements/powders which saves me from carrying copious amounts of tubs around with me! It holds 800ml of water too so it’s a decent size for working out with.
This never leaves my bag (except to wash of course, if you know the smell of a shaker that hasn’t been washed for 3 days you’ll feel that pain) Once washed I immediately replace the supplements and pop it straight back in my bag, ready for my next session.
5. Spare Gym Clothes
I tend to have at least one spare top and some socks in my bag. I’m one of those ‘just in case’ people so I like to have something spare in case I forget to pack my bag one evening.
Or if the booty gains get too big at work like they did a few months ago. I split my work trousers right on the butt so had to wear my gym leggings for the rest of the day!
6. Gym Towel
It doesn’t have to specifically be a gym towel, it could just be a small hand towel. I don’t know about you, but I don’t go to the gym to come out looking like I’m ready to go out. I go in to SWEAT, so a gym towel is essential for hygiene whilst using the machines and wipe your face during your workout.
You’ll also need a towel if you’re going to have a shower at the gym!
7. Personal care
Hairbands – The second worst thing to forget after your headphones. I always have at least 6 in my bag, I’m terrible for breaking them!
Don’t forget your shower gel and deodorant too – especially if you’re planning on having a shower at the gym.
So there we have it guys, this is everything I keep in my gym bag. What do you keep in yours? Anything I haven’t mentioned?