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Speak Up: What's in Your Gym Bag?

Speak Up: What's in Your Gym Bag?

When I go to the gym, I have to have my gym bag. Aside from the obvious gym essentials like sneakers, my workout clothes, and a yoga mat, I always keep extra Larabars in there, a bottle of water, tissues, tampons (hey, you've got to be prepared), lip balm, and hand sanitizer gel. It also has extra pairs of undies, a towel, my iPod and earphones, and a plastic bag to put my sweaty gym clothes in so they don't stink everything else up. Wow, I didn't realize my little bag had all that in it!

So tell me, besides the basics, what else do you keep in your gym bag?


ella49 ella49 5 years
I use the YMCA, so I have a kit locker where I can keep my everyday stuff. Bonner's liquid soap (for everything) Lemon juice-cheap stuff no refridg req...for hair ph Hair detangler in spray bottle..I got waist length hair jar of Dermaswim and a bottle of cheap with dimethicone lotion (Baby Magic or J&J) in case I run out. Flip flops swim goggles and fins basket to carry all this crap to shower area water bottle, 2 ltr...drink it 2x's every day I am there (6 days a week, 1-2 hrs a day) Bonner's skin lotion for aftr all my chlorine crap..I like the Patchouli Lime Razor/blades deodorant(Tom's) NeilMed bottle, jar of sinus rinse, 1/8 tsp measure back brush couple of hand towels I swap out every day first aid kit with my meds and odd crap(like band aids, safety pins, vet tape(I like it better than sport tape) and antibiotic) \u00a0 In my "bag"(reusable tote from Walmart, without the logo) note: It is worth to say I have two sets of this stuff and use each set every other day, I come home hang the rinsed and put the dry set in my tote Towel(monster size) Swim suit hand towel scrub gloves and cloth rubber coated gloves for working on the ladder (I slipped once and scared a few years off the guard, cut the fingers off a cheap pair of rubber coated gloves to give me sense scaring the youngins) Protein drink, and some kind of protein/carb food, sometimes something as simple as a PB&J cell phone... extra hair bands cause the chlorine eats 'em like candy my keys and ID stay in my pants pocket. \u00a0 Next month I have to start using the weights to build the strength in my knees....guess that will add a whole lot more to the list, but then and again, u never know
xoJasminexo xoJasminexo 5 years
I use a Nike varsity girl duffel bag for swim training: -Swimsuit -Goggles -Swim cap -Towel -Extra clothes -iPhone -Girl stuff bag with tampons,pantyliners,bobby pins,hair bands... -Deodorant -Deodorant spray -Makeup bag -Compact mirror -Mini hairbrush -Herbal Essences shampoo + conditioner -Wallet -Powerade -Protein bar -Flip Flops -Nike trainers -Sports bra -Hollister yoga pants -The Body Shop vanilla body lotion -Body mist -iPod
becoming-brina becoming-brina 8 years
iPod, sport earbuds, tshirt, sport bra, yoga pants, shoes & socks, ibuprofen, excedrin, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins, headband (sweatband? those wrap around elastic-y cloth headbands from american apparel), cell phone, tampons, sport water bottle, towel, lock, and a banana, large apple (in another bag inside the bag) or granola bar. I like the idea of having a laundry bag in there as well, i think i'll start doing that!
mjm89 mjm89 8 years
iPod Shuffle with nike kit Cellphones Pedometer Car/House keys Gym swipe card Pump water bottle Powerade Energy drink Protein bar Rexona spray & deodorant Victoria Secret body double mist Lotion Refresher Wipes Stress Ball Hand Wraps (I box!) Boxing gloves " Gym Gloves Skipping rope Hand grips Exercise mat Wrist and headbands First Aid Kit Clips, Hair ties, Bobby Pins Tampons, Pads Lip Balm Body wash Shampoo Panadol, Nurofen Gum Gym clothes Spare panties Spare socks Face & Bath Towel Spare Sneakers Flip Flops Laundry bag (For dirty clothes) Ok so it's alota things but with me juggling Uni, Work, Study and the Gym, I never have time to go home, so I'm practically living out of my car :)
Cwinche Cwinche 8 years
All these comments are super helpful being as I am constructing my own gym bag right now. Woot 24 hour fitness!!!!!!!!!!!!!
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Oh! I totally forgot! Novaraen, YES! Sure it's a free country, but please, don't walk around in your full glory when other people are there. As proud as the older ladies are of their bodies, not all of us would love to see you bend over IN FRONT OF OUR FACES. Keep it all at home where (hopefully) it's pretty private.
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Gym's far, and I go late afternoon, meaning I'm not straight from school/work/volunteering, so I go in my workout clothes. But extras are: iPhone & earbuds 2 face towels sanitizer extra shorts (you never know) extra socks dry shampoo (shower at home) lock H2O bottle hairbrush pocket money (just in case) flip flops plastic bag (for shoes & socks) spray pads/pantyliners
Kiki- Kiki- 9 years
Gym sneakers Purel Face wash Lotion Tampons My Ipod Tissues My Keys Lip chap Hair elastics... And my gym clothes!!
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
Gym Shoes Purell Baby Wipes for quick cleaning Powder Gum iPod Earbuds Earbud holder Keys Extra Socks Toothbrush + Paste Face Wash + Lotion Tissues
millarci millarci 9 years
sweatpants, shirt, sweatband, socks, extra socks, extra undies, sneakers, maxi pads, mp3 player, small drawstring bag, coin purse (quarters for the lockers), body wash, mesh sponge, deodorant... wow...I carry a lot of stuff in my bag...
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
Besides the basics, my bag contains: my workout log, protein bars, a bottle of BCAAs, my intra-workout drink, my post-workout shake, shower kit/toiletries, a brush, extra hair bands, backup contacts and solution (I once lost one swimming and have had to drive home half-blind) and exercise bands (for traveling). Speaking of locker rooms, I recommend reading "Locker Room Diaries" by by Leslie Goldman; it's essentially an ethnography about women's body image and the cult of the locker room.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I have a large gym bag because I go to the gym right after work. I find it a hassle to bring a separate bag for my work things, so I aside from all my gym stuff - towel, clothes, socks, shoes, shower gel, deo, body spray - I have my gadgets, work notebook, and such in my gym bag.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I work out at home, but when I did go to the gym, my bag had: -shoes -2 pairs of extra socks -clean undies -deodorant -body spray -Olay daily facials -change of clothes -a jump rope -MP3 player -extra magazines -Purell
Aubristar Aubristar 9 years
I keep my water bottle, my ipod and, of course, MY "G" TOWEL. For those who haven't heard about the "G" Towel, it's a hygiene gym towel to give you added protection at the gym. You can get one at
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I don't bother with one. I come home and change since it's so close...
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
gym membership hair band sneakers + work out clothes HRM + polar watch plastic bag two locks (in case I forget or lose one) Ipod nano and Nike+ neosporin deodorant towel Oh and Novaraen, I completely agree with you. I HATE it when those women have to show off their bodies and walk around naked and bend over and all that stuff. Or check themselves out in the mirror while naked. Or put on make up without your clothes on. DO THAT AT HOME!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
the only reason why i bring a bag to the gym is so i can carry my magazines & books more conveniently!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'm with Novaraen, no gym bag for me. Just get ready and home and go. I bring a towel, iphone, and sometimes a magazine. Good to go. I don't like changing in front of other people, I'm too shy I guess so I'd rahter do it at home. And last time I was in there washing my hands, some lady was like doing stretches on the bench totally naked. So now I can't look at those benches without thinking about how much other lady business is on them. yikes.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Of course they are just bodies...i know that. :D Its just that instead of just being naked for a second while they change into their other clothes...they literally walk to the bathroom and back and then bend over near me all while in their birthday suit. Sorry...but thats too much. Not everyone wants to see how proud you are of your body. lol. Ok..back to gym bags. ;)
AMP AMP 9 years
My apt is inb/t my office and the gym so i usually stop home to change and then im off with just my water bottle, ipod and a towel. But when stopping home isn't an option, my gym bag only contains the essentials- shoes, socks, pants, sports bra, t-shirt, ipod, towel and water bottle. I hate having anything more than necessary with me, I don't like baggage.
mara_viajera mara_viajera 9 years
I have all the same things as everyone else, but I managed to cut my ankle at the gym a couple of weeks ago (klutz!). It was just superficial and it din't hurt but i wanted to get a bandaid before strength training to avoid getting blood on equipment etc. And no one in the locker room or at the desk had a bandaid!!! They had gauze in the first-aid, but no bandaids! So, word to the wise, throw a band-aid in with those tampons, toiletries, etc. You don't need it until you need it! Oh, and breathmints because I drink coffee on my way to the gym in the morning and I don't want to funkify someone's workout.
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