Gym Bag Essentials for Every Woman

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By: , – Cassey Ho, YouTube Fitness Guru
5/15/2013 12:00 PM   :  14 comments   :  13,792 Views

For those of you avid gym-goers out there, you know how important it is to keep your gym bag stocked and ready to go! If you are anything like me, you also like to stay stylish, even while getting sweaty, which is why I designed my oGorgeous brand of bags, so that I can have a gym bag that is as pretty as a purse! I make sure to pack my bag full of the essentials so that I'm always ready for a workout, wherever I am. Let me share some of my gym bag must haves:

Fitness Gloves
These really come in handy when you're lifting weights and want to avoid getting calluses. They're also great as you're developing grip strength.




Reusable Water Bottles
I cannot urge you enough to always have water on hand wherever you are, but especially when exercising. Staying hydrated allows you to train longer and harder. Plus it keeps your skin looking youthful. 




Hair Ties
For all of us longhaired ladies (and some gents), you know it’s basically impossible to work out with your hair flying in your face. I keep multiple hair ties in my bag (and on my wrist) just in case I lose or break one, which always seems to happen! I love the ones with no metal attachment that come in natural colors like black, brown and blonde.



iPod/MP3 Player
Music is the best energy booster when it comes to working out! Good music = a great workout! It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of tunes you like, turn up the volume and let your ears enjoy! I like to use an arm band and tangle free ear buds, so I don’t have to worry about injuring my iPod during my sessions.
 

Fitness Magazines
I always have a few magazines in my bag for instant inspiration! There's always a new routine to learn, a new recipe to look forward to after my workout, or a set of before and after pictures that makes me feel like anything is possible! I enjoy Fitness, SHAPE, SELF and Oxygen magazines.




Extra Clothes
I always keep an extra tank top and an extra pair of socks for emergencies. In a jiffy, a shirt can act as a towel and every so often socks can rub your feet the wrong way (or you realize you left them at home), so a replacement comes in handy.


 
Healthy Snacks
I am always ravenous after a tough workout session, so to avoid eating anything I find in my path (think convenience foods that are salty, processed and oily), I pack my bag with fruit, protein powder or a baggie of almonds. This keeps me satisfied until I can get home and down a real home cooked meal!



Lock
Most gyms have a "no bag" policy on the fitness floor, so you have to put your gear in a locker. I never want to leave all of my goodies unprotected, so a lock is a must-have for your bag. These locks come in four fun colors!


 
What do you carry in your bag? Do you keep it light or stuffed like me? Let me know in the comments below!
 
About the Author:
Cassey Ho, who is certified in Pilates and group fitness instruction, is also the creator of the POP Pilates DVD, designer of oGorgeous gym bags, and founder of Blogilates.com, which was named the Best Healthy Living Blog of 2012 by Fitness magazine. Cassey is a "Top Online Fitness Influencer" with more than 44 million video views to date and more than 540,000 subscribers on her YouTube channels Blogilates and BlogilatesTV.
 


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  • 14
    I would also add, pack your gym bag the night before so you don't forget something or better yet keep an extra gym bag packed in your trunk. I have two's of essentials like gloves and a mat (one for home, one for the trunk). I also always keep an extra set of panties and bra in my gym bag in case I forget to pack them. - 12/31/2013   10:25:25 PM
  • 13
    The CamelBak Eddy water bottles are great. I have four of them, all in different colors. They last forever. - 5/21/2013   6:34:02 AM
  • 12
    I love Cassey Ho! She is always so enthusiastic and positive and her videos are so much fun! If you haven't checked her out, you need to because you are definately missing out! - 5/16/2013   1:16:36 PM
  • 11
    Items that currently live in my gym bag? Lock, mesh bag of toiletries (added a handle to a small mesh laundry bag, perfect for taking shampoo/soap to the gym shower!), swim cap/goggles, yoga blocks, yoga strap, and non-slip yoga gloves (they have a plastic-of-some-sort patch on the palms...my sweaty hands aren't going anywhere! they're awesome.), hair ties, and deodorant. - 5/16/2013   1:09:11 PM
  • 10
    I am going to get my gym bag re-stocked! Seems like when I go to the gym I've forgotten SOMETHING.

    And if I can look like the author . . . it's WORTH the effort! LOL - 5/16/2013   11:38:44 AM
  • HANSBRINK
    9
    Casey has some imaginative workout videos too. Her current one is a Great Gatsby cardio routine. Lots of "Jazz Hands!" - 5/16/2013   11:33:34 AM
  • 8
    Wow...just looked at her line of gym bags! Pricey! Too pricey for me! But pretty! - 5/16/2013   7:18:56 AM
  • 7
    Fun blog - I never thought about fitness gloves and so far I haven't developed any roughness on my hands, but I do think about those weights slipping when I don't have a spotter with me. Gonna get me some.

    In my gym bag right now:

    Swim cap
    rubber flip flops
    Extra clothes (sports bra included)
    ear phones
    goggles
    towel
    Pen
    my Other watch, daggon it! I've been looking for it forever
    $1.78 in change
    Weight Watchers points calculator
    gym membership card

    But crumbs. that gym bag, while still serviceable, is beginning to look ratty. I think a new one is on my wish list.
    - 5/16/2013   6:17:40 AM
  • 6
    I love Cassey! She has definitely been on of my main inspirations since I've started my fitness journey. Those bags are adorable, but I usually just carry my phone, headphones, and my water bottle. - 5/16/2013   2:38:11 AM
  • 5
    I hope you have a towel and some deodorant in the bag as well... - 5/15/2013   8:45:58 PM
  • 4
    What the heck are you going to do with protein powder at the gym? - 5/15/2013   6:28:23 PM
  • DELLMEL
    3
    I only care a bag when I go to aerobics classes. I don't like to have alot of stuff. - 5/15/2013   4:29:10 PM
  • 2
    Definitely seconded on the gloves... I love lifting weights, but I don't love calluses and blisters! I've also found having them with me comes in handy in unusual ways. An impromptu outside boot camp became painful if you had to do pushups on pavement, but the gloves protected my palms! - 5/15/2013   2:13:33 PM
  • 1
    Definitely seconded on the gloves... I love lifting weights, but I don't love calluses and blisters! I've also found having them with me comes in handy in unusual ways. An impromptu outside boot camp became painful if you had to do pushups on pavement, but the gloves protected my palms! - 5/15/2013   2:13:26 PM

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