Yes, I am that girl who carries her gym bag with her at the gym- but it’s not just for show. My gym bag has everything I need or may need when training. Here’s what and why-
It may seem a bit excessive, but I like to bring everything I might need for the gym in my bag.
I used to have a small Nike gym bag, about half the size of this one, and I would often run out of space in it; so I would constantly be switching things in and out, which led me to sometimes forgetting items I needed for that day’s workout.
Now, everything that’s in my bag- I just leave in there, and never forget a thing. 😊
One aspect of lifting that I’m not a fan of are callouses. Not only can they be painful, especially when doing pull-ups or gripping heavy weight from a barbell; callouses make your hands rough, and I don’t delight in that very much.
So, most of the time when I’m gripping a barbell or dumbbell, I’m wearing gloves. Plus, let’s be real- a woman in the gym with gloves looks pretty badass. 😎
My first two pairs were from T.J. Maxx; they lasted a few months each before completely ripping apart. So I got a Nike pair from Dick’s Sporting Goods about a year ago, and they have held up pretty good (however, I will need to get news ones soon, as you can see).
My favorite gym essential!
This thing has seriously changed my life in the gym! For the first couple years of lifting, I would wear an arm band that I would have to constantly turn and adjust. I hated wearing it because I would feel restricted, especially when doing upper body exercises.
I got my Amphipod last summer and am still in love with it today. I was worried it would look and feel like a fanipack when I first got it, but it honestly doesn’t. It’s slim to your body and light, so it blends in with the waist band of your leggings/shorts– especially black ones, like the ones I am wearing here.
I have an iPhone 6 and it fits just fine, even with my case on. If you have an iPhone 6+, it should fit too (without a case most likely).
If you’re annoyed with being confined to an arm band, I highly encourage you to give this adjustable Amphipod a try; it’s only $20!
I use bands to warm-up or to conclude my workout (usually glutes or legs) with resistance and contraction from these bands.
You can use resistance bands in a variety of ways; and they typically come in a pack of three or four, with different resistance weights. Amazon has a pack of four bands for less than 10 bucks. Or, hit up your nearest sports store- I got this pack from Dick’s Sporting Goods for less than $20.
Not all tennis shoes are created equal; that’s why I end up changing into running shoes before hitting cardio. Doing cardio in unsupportive, flat shoes can make your feet ache and make cardio more of a pain– literally and figuratively. That’s why I always keep a pair of running shoes in my bag.
If your gym feels like the inside of a refrigerator, it can make it harder to break a sweat. Personally, if I am not sweating during a workout, I don’t feel accomplished. That’s why I keep an extra hoodie in my bag; to wear until I’m warmed up, or to sweat harder during cardio. An extra layer is always handy to have!
I recently picked this thang up from my local T.J. Maxx for about $6- and am so glad I did!
At first, I only wore it during cardio (along with my jacket). Now, I am wearing this wrap during my whole workout. It offers a small amount of support for your back, while also allowing you to sweat more, especially from your core.
Extra hair ties
The second worst thing to forget besides headphones. Keep a few in your bag- you never know when one might break or get lost.
Protect your back, shoulders, and chest from dirty benches and machines- especially when wearing tank tops. Since doing this, my back has had less breakouts.
I don’t currently own my own weight lifting belt, but will invest in one soon when I start bulking again and thus lifting heavier weight- I’ll need it. It’s important to keep your back safe.
Alright, these are my must haves. What’s yours?
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