Everything that you do requires the right tools to get the job done. Going to the gym is no different. To achieve an awesome session, you can’t forget some of these essentials I’ll mention for a well-stocked gym bag. Fitting your workouts in between the daily tasks of life such as work and family can be tough, just achieving this is a huge accomplishment in itself. I find it helps to keep my day moving if I pack a few important things for my trips to the gym. These essentials make it easy to get to my next stop of the day, I just don’t like to drag every thing except the kitchen sink just to go workout.
First and foremost, my bag has to be big enough and have several compartments that holds a few things and within easy access to them. It also needs a space big enough to hold my crossfit or running shoes and have adequate space for an extra change of clothes and one or two sweat rags. I usually think about it this way – When I get to the gym, what will I need? When I’m done, what will I need then? Here’s my list of things I have packed when I head out:
- A good sized Gym Bag – For me, the right bag makes everything better. As much as I love the sporty bags they have nowadays, I just can’t give up my backpack. I’m still rocking the one I got 10 years ago. It takes a lot of abuse and it may not be so cute anymore, but it’s durable and if my gear starts to make it stinky I know I can just throw it in the washer.
- Workout Clothes – When you’re passionate about living an active lifestyle, you should feel great about what you’re wearing both in and out of the gym!
- 2 workout towels – you’ll soon realize how important it is to have 2 towels, because once the sweat starts pouring, you’ll be thankful you have that extra towel
- Good pair of shoes – wether it’s running on the treadmill, or just going heavy on the weights, the right kind of shoes makes all the difference.
- A Shaker Bottle – Designed to keep you dedicated and holds roughly 35oz of water for optimal Mixing or Hydration. My recommendation is the Core150 Protein Shaker Bottle
- Music – this just goes without saying. Music helps you get in the zone when you don’t want to be bothered by anyone. A good playlist for about an hours worth is critical.
- Jump Rope – I use it to end my workout session with a quick burst of cardio. This one is optional but I recommend it.
- Post Workout Snacks – I’m assuming you’ve already eaten something an hour before and is ready to tear it up, so it’s only right to include the post-workout equivalent. As stated above, a hectic lifestyle can mean that you don’t always get the opportunity to sit down and consume a fulfilling and nutritious meal immediately following a gym session. I always carry one of these delicious Quest Bars.
- Gym Gloves – They’ll prevent your hands from becoming both overly sore and rough. They allow for a better contact and grip between yourself and the gym equipment, whether this is a pulling, pushing or hanging action. Ultimately, this might result in you being able to work for longer without readjusting your grip, and enable you to shift that little bit more resistance than usual.
As the saying goes – failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. So why not be prepared for any challenges you face that day. There’s no time like the present, so if your gym bag and yourself comes equipped with the things you need, the day will run smooth as silk. Everything from clothing, gym accessories, music and supplements can become part of these contents, all of which can serve to enhance your performance capabilities from both a mental and physical point of view.