Gym Bag Essentials
Hitting the gym seems is a no-brainer to me (check out the benefits of training here). But between the workout, the clean up and packing for whatever you’re doing next, many females are finding it more annoyance than it’s worth to pack their bag for a workout.
I was chatting to a few girlfriends the other day about how tedious it is to pack for the gym (ok I was listening in on their conversation because we all know I have a studio at home :P). Basically, they said that the effort of organizing and packing everything they need sometimes squashed their desire to go at all.
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Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I am completely spoiled as I have a full gym at home waiting for me. But that wasn’t always the case and I promise I’ve made many a frequent trip to my local gym. And I don’t remember packing ever being a “thing”. And I can promise you that my current clients don’t shower and spend thirty minutes post workout getting ready.
The more I thought about it the more it drove me nuts. After all, the hardest part of any workout is getting started. So if getting to the gym is a pain in the butt (due to packing/travel/time) you’re probably not going to stay very consistent!
Over the years I’ve picked up a few fun tricks and tips to make your trip to the gym a bit simpler. Below are the essentials for avid gym goers. Believe it or not, you don’t need much (don’t over think it!).
These items are literally required to workout. You can technically workout without a brush or wrist guards but the items below you need.
This should be a given as you can’t show up to your gym naked. I always just wore my gym clothes to the gym and home to minimize time but if you need a pair of “after” clothes, grab them.
But really, you need a tank top, sports bra, pants/capris/shorts and some socks. That’s it. The world won’t end if you forget your headband so don’t run around trying to find it. Same goes with “the perfect outfit”. Focus on smashing you workout not what you’re going to wear- just grab clothes.
Your gym shoes should just always stay in your bag. Don’t wear them out of the gym. Throw them right bag in your bag or the car when you’re done so you’re not scrambling around trying to find them.
A workout sucks if you don’t have some music blasting in your ears to get you jacked up. Again, this is something I would just leave in the bag so I never forgot it.
These items come in handy but aren’t insanely essential. If you have them , awesome but it’s not mandatory.
A water bottle
I know what you’re thinking- how the hell is this not essential?? But the truth is, most gyms have a water fountain so you won’t dehydrated. It’s not something to turn around and go home over.
I think this one depends on the type of workout you’re doing. This isn’t a huge deal for lifters or basic workouts but if you jump into a spin class you’d want one!
Definitely makes life easier but not the end of the world if you don’t have one. Ask the front desk at your gym if they have a stash or just make do. Truthfully, just pick some up at the dollar store and keep the stash in your bag t make it easier on yourself!
I think this is where most people get stressed out. People think they need to leave the gym in perfect style. For me personally I always left in my workout clothe and dealt with that at home but for those of you who have to head to work after, here’s what you need.
Yea, I said it. Skip the shower, save some time and rock some baby wipes to wipe down. Keep them in your bag so you always have some. It’s not perfect but it works.
If you’re toweling off with baby wipes make sure as hell you’ve got some deodorant to throw n afterwards so you smell half decent.
Again, save the shower and throw some dry shampoo in your hair. You’ll look presentable and it’ll save you an insane amount of time between showering, drying and styling.
A Bra & Panties
Keep a spare set in your bag at all times because this sucks when you forget them.
Not totally necessary but nice. Otherwise, rock a messy bun and get on with your day!
Don’t forget to pin these essentials!
Gym bags and prepping for the gym can be a tricky thing but it shouldn’t limit your workouts. Keep it simple, focus on your workout and make do with everything else. Keep the essentials on hand and make staying consistent a priority- rock it!