Spring is here and I know some of your summer goals include hitting the gym now. If you’re new to working out, or just returning after hibernating all winter long then I would recommend you prepare a gym bag of essentials that you’ll need. You can always leave this bag in your car so you can easily hit the gym after work without having to go home first. You need to figure out what to wear right? And also what goes inside your gym bag as you start your exciting journey. Below are some essentials for every fit person:
Headphones for your music is an Absolute MUST. I can NOT work out if I ever forget my headphones as it makes a world of difference while exercising. It helps block people out and also helps you become unapproachable for all those who love to chat more than they work out. I would recommend a blue-tooth wireless headphone so the wire doesn’t get in the way of everything. I’ve been using ‘Solo3 On-Ear Headphones’ by Beats for about 4 months now and have no complaints (On-Ear Headphones to workout… Why Not?). Although ‘Powerbeats² In‑Ear Headphones’ by Beats are more intended for working out.
Make sure you carry a bottle of pre-workout to help boost your energy when you go at late hour or when you’re tired. I don’t like to rely on anything artificial for energy, but sometimes it really helps give me a great boost. Just mix one scoop in water and drink it 10 minutes before working out. I promise you it will make you do all the hard exercises that you were going to avoid. I like ‘C4 PRE-WORKOUT’ by Cellucor in ‘Icy Blue Razz’ flavor.
Gloves are great for preventing calluses inside your hands when you use weights or machines to pull/lift. If you don’t use gloves you can develop ugly calluses inside your hands over time. Gloves also help ensure the machine/weights don’t sleep out of your hands. I personally love the last one I bought (see image below – I think the brand is called PRPS) . It’s super easy to slip on and take off.
And Ladies… if your man lifts without gloves, definitely get him a pair of gloves for men. Their hands will become much softer. I promise… LOL! (Check out a great one specifically for man I blogged about a while back (Men’s Training Grip Gloves -Nike)
Attire… It’s impossible to have all your gym clothes in one bag but as long as you have enough for one week, than you’re good to go. Include a 2-3 pairs of long/cropped pants, and 1-2 pairs of shorts. At least two different sport-bra’s. Always include 3-5 pairs of socks because during summer you’re probably not wearing any before you get there. One long sleeved sweater/jacket to keep you warm in the evenings and 3-5 tops of preference. I would include two different sneakers as well. This should last you 3-5 days of working out if you keep switching them.
Some other extra’s to consider include a lock, jump-rope, your own resistance -band for squats, post work-out formula, shaker for your drinks , a hair comb, and bands for tying your hair. Only take thesee extras if you actively use them otherwise they take over all the real estate inside your gym bag.
My last tip is this. Consider carrying one small-sized bag within your gym bag. I use a basic “Lululemon” shopping bag which is super light. Once I arrive to the gym I put everything I need for that day in that small bag and carry it inside instead of my gym bag. This way you quickly decide what you’ll wear and it’s also easy to carry. But if you’re indecisive and don’t know what you’ll use than take the whole gym bag.
Of course, towards the end of your week just take your gym bag home and wash everything to get it ready for next week. Now go prep you gym bag so you’ll have no excuses not to exercise before/after work or being out. Please comment below if you found these tips helpful of if you want to add anything additional.