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My Gym Bag Essentials

My Gym Bag Essentials

Don’t Get Caught Without the Necessities!

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I hate getting to the gym and realizing I forgot something.

And when I forget something, it’s a big something. Like deodorant. Or my headphones. I even forgot water one day, and wouldn’t you know that was the week the gym didn’t get a water delivery. Awesome.

Now, I keep my gym bag packed and ready, waiting in the car for me.


Underarmor bag – I absolutely love this bag. It’s not giant, but it’s big enough to fit all my stuff with a bit of room left over. It’s got a good amount of pockets, too, for the small stuff.

Combination lock

Water bottle or reusable bottle

Kirkland bathroom wipes – I’ll be damned if that pre-workout doesn’t kick in right as I get to the locker room. Every. Time.

Kirkland Face wipes







Hair bands

Sweet Sweat workout bands

Inzer wrist wraps

Extra headphones (I keep 2 pairs in my bag)


Barehand Gloves


Shaker bottle with protein powder

Clean underwear (I didn’t originally have this on my list but a friend said that a clean pair of underwear is never really a bad thing to have in your bag.

Get Comfortable and Stay Confident in the Gym

Get Comfortable and Stay Confident in the Gym

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Everyone is staring at me.

I don’t know what I’m doing.

Oh God, am I using this machine right? I’m sitting on it backwards, I bet.

I look so dumb. People probably think I don’t belong here.

My clothes are embarrassing.

These were just some of the thoughts that almost kept me out of the gym, from getting fit, from finding a happy place away from home.

I have been going to the gym on and off since I was 15. My first membership was to 24 Hour Fitness. I loved it, it was big but not too big, it was never crowded during the times I was able to go, and the staff members were very friendly. But all those thoughts ran through my head every time I walked through the front doors. Even years later, after I’d switched gyms, was in great shape, and had a workout buddy with me most days, these thoughts still made checking in hard.

I stopped going to the gym right around the time I turned 21 and started a full-time job with long hours and very mentally and emotionally draining shifts. When my husband and I converted our 3rd car garage into a makeshift gym, I was so excited! I could get my workouts in while the baby was asleep and my big girl was coloring or swinging from our TRX system.