The right bag
Choose a gym bag that isn’t so big that it feels like a burden, but is roomy enough to stash all your gear. I like a bag that has lots of compartments, like the Live Well 360 Fitness bag. It has pockets for shoes, keys and cards.
You don’t want to be fussing with your clothes during your workout, so pick things that are comfortable and let you move freely. I like to work out in yoga pants and a tank top.
It’s always nice to have a backup pair.
Many gyms require the use of shoes that haven’t been worn on the street, to keep their equipment clean.
Look for a bottle that’s BPA-free or skip the plastic altogether. Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottles come in a range of appealing colors.
Stopwatch/Heart Rate Monitor
For exercises that don’t use a machine, it’s nice to be able to time yourself. You can also make sure you’re really pushing yourself by monitoring your heart rate. The Omron HR-100C heart rate monitor works particularly well.
To say germ-free, it’s good to wipe down the part of any gym equipment that you’ll be touching. Travelon Antibacterial wipes are both gentle on your skin and biodegradable, plus they come in easy-to-pack packets.
Even small cuts that may seem insignificant should be covered when you work out in a shared space.
Fast-pace music is a great way to get motivated. Check out our awesome playlists for inspiration.
Find out if your gym offers locker space. Not all gyms require you to bring your own lock.
Travel-size shampoo and body wash and towel
There’s no reason to go home sweaty if you can shower at the gym, but don’t lug around full-sized bottles. You can even refill little bottles to save money. It’s also good to bring a small hand cloth to towel off sweat during your workout.
Did we leave anything off the list? What do you always bring to the gym?