What Should I Bring to the Gym?

I know your to-do list is a mile long (mine is too!). So when you do make it to the gym, it’s probably before or after work, or in between your son’s parent-teacher conference and your daughter’s softball practice. That’s where a well-stocked gym bag comes in handy. Just keep it in the car and you’re always ready to go!

But what exactly should you pack? Here are my top six gym bag essentials:

  • A change of clothes: When you’re rushing to your next activity, a post-workout shower isn’t always plausible. But even so, it’s absolutely necessary to carry a change of clothes. Trust me, nobody wants to catch a whiff of your post-spin-class scent. (Bonus: Try these helpful tips for ‘faking’ a shower after your workout!)
  • Towels: Just like you should keep your scent to yourself, you should also avoid sharing your sweat. Stock your gym bag with several towels, so you can wipe down equipment and keep your body dry during your workout.
  • Snacks: Whether you prefer protein powder, protein bars or other snacks, be sure to pack something to supplement your workout. Even if you’re not looking to build muscle, it’s important to consume protein and carbs after a tough sweat session to help your body replenish and recover.
  • Water: Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during exercise. Pack a stainless steel or plastic BPA-free water bottle to stay refreshed and ready to   go.
  • Shaker cup: When it’s time to make your post-workout protein shake, you’ll be glad you packed a shaker cup. Toss in your favorite protein powder, water and easily mix it up – no mess, no fuss!
  • Music: Nothing motivates me more than my favorite music. That’s why I always make sure to bring headphones and an MP3 player (or my phone) to the gym. For those of you who swim – or who sweat enough to make it look like you’re swimming – check out these comfortable waterproof headphones!

About Katie

Katie is a Marketing Editor (and loyal customer) at Vitacost.com. In her spare time, she enjoys biking with her husband, playing with her pets and writing bios about herself.

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3 comments on «What Should I Bring to the Gym?»

  1. Jessica Lopez says:

    *travel-size deoderant
    *extra hair ties
    *hand sanitizer and handy wipes (gyms are germy)
    *extra pair of socks (for the days you’re coming from work. I can’t tell youhow many times Ipacked my sneakers, but forgot socks)

    I keep all these things in my bag at all times. They’ve saved me so many times!

  2. Jamie London says:

    Also: Hair Brush, Underwear X 2 (you never know), lock for your locker and easy to hold on to key chain. Tampons – just in case, and cash for the drink machine in case the fountain is no longer.

  3. Randi@GYM TOWELS says:

    wow! thanks for writing such a useful article to those who goes to gym. its really very important to know. If we don’t take shower. then leaving out sweat on gym instruments or bench is a worse matter. Its not acceptable..Always try to keep gym towels. Its most important part i think so.

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