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What’s In My Gym Bag?

I absolutely love my gym bag! I finally feel like I have everything I need to succeed, and while I don’t necessarily use everything I throw in there, it’s still good to have for those “just in case” moments. Back in January, I never thought that I’d be so conscious of what I carry around with me, but I could honestly say that I’m prepared for anything! So let’s jump right in!

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First – let’s talk about my gym bag itself! I decided to invest in a really good gym bag, mainly because I had left over gift cards from Christmas and my Birthday, but even if I had spend the dough myself, I could honestly say it would have been money well spent. I own the Vooray Burner Sport 21″ Gym Bag. I don’t think Vooray makes this bag anymore, as I grabbed it off Amazon, but it’s such a high quality, incredible bag! I feel like it has everything! It has a few pockets inside to really help organize myself, it has a vented shoe pocket, a mesh water bottle pocket on the side, and I love the extended zipper track. I could really open it up and find everything quickly and easily! Oh, and one of my favorite features, that I never thought I’d enjoy that much, are the magnetic leather handles. Bottom line, I’m obsessed with this bag! I just checked their website and they launched a few more awesome designs and now I want more!

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While I don’t keep them in my bag, I have to mention my sneakers! I have the Under Armor Micro G Limitless 2 Training Shoe and I love it! I was never one to really focus on the quality of a shoe, but since I’ve been strength training, I’ve realized how important it was. I was doing squats in running shoes, and while I managed, a wider, sturdier shoe was what I needed. My training is so much more comfortable since I bought these. Honestly – I think Under Armor Sneakers are my absolute favorite!

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It’s strange, I don’t really see a lot of people at my gym wearing them, but something that’s important to me is a good pair of workout gloves. I finally found a lightweight pair that fits perfectly, and it’s the Under Armor Flux Gloves. They provide me with a decent grip while lifting weights and they’re quite comfortable. The only thing I’m still having issues with, is calluses on my hands. They’re certainly not bad at all, but I wish I could find a glove that was a little more comfortable in that respect.

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Amazon has been my go-to website for buying most of my fitness gear. If I see something or hear about an item I think could help keep me in check, I log onto Amazon and it’s in my cart within seconds. It’s a dangerous place! Anyways, after looking for a reasonable, decent pair of headphones, I discovered the Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones. I love them! The sound quality is great, it fits comfortably around the back of my head, the battery life seems to last awhile, and they’re sweat proof!

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Let’s talk about BCAAs for a second. I don’t go a workout without putting them in my water bottle. While I get sore after my workouts, I could honestly say it could be a lot worse, and I find these BCAAs help a lot. While I go to the gym with a bottle of water, I still keep some in my bag, in case I guzzle it down. I keep the BeautyFit Beauty Recovery BCAAs in my bag, but honestly, thats not my go-to brand anymore. They work well, but I just find the Scivation Xtend BCAA Powder is more effective, and quite delicious. FYI – Blue Raspberry is amazing!

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I also go my water bottle from Amazon. I have the CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated Water Bottle, and while it does the trick, I do want something larger. I have my eye on the HydroJug, which could hold a whopping 64 ounces! Regardless, I love my CamelBak and it’s gotten me through some pretty grueling workouts!

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Most recently, I’ve started doing Abdominal Pull-Downs on the cable machine. I really enjoy doing them and I truly feel I’m engaging my core, but when it comes to working out, I need to be as comfortable as possible if I want to continue my journey successfully. My knees were really taking a beating, so I needed some help. Sure, I could have grabbed a mat from the stretching room at the gym, I didn’t want that large mat in the way of people walking around me. So I bough a Yoga Knee Pad and it’s made all the difference in the world!

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Speaking of comfort, my goal is to be able to squat more and more. I enjoy using the Smith Machine, but the damn bar makes the top of my back hurt, and since I’m still a beginner in that respect, I needed some more help. I bought PowerGuidance Barbell Squat Pad, and squatting has been a breeze (well – not a breeze, but you catch my drift!).

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Let’s see… what are some other items I’ve bought from Amazon. I hold onto my Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer, and while I don’t wear it all that much anymore, I still keep it on-hand for when I’m having a cardio only type day. I also have Microfiber Sweat Towels because I swear I sweat more than the average person. I just bought the DMoose Fitness Strong Velcro Ankle Straps for when I want to do kick-backs on the cable machine. I used them this morning for the first time and I love them! My most recent purchase is probably a little silly, but again, I’m all about comfort! I bought some Sports Elastic Finger Sleeves. Go on… laugh it up! I literally only needed two of them for my pinky. When I do those Ab Pull-Downs I was referring to earlier, I use the rope, and as my hand slides down the rope to the hardened handles, my pinky fingers get really stiff and it just really hurts. So – this has helped a bit!

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A few other items I’ve picked up, but don’t necessarily use that often is my Dimok Running Belt. I really only use this for when I decide to jog outside, which isn’t that often, but it certainly comes in handy when I need it and is super comfortable! Lastly, I have a set of Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bandsv. I think I’ve used them once or twice, but when I have, it’s been effective and I do enjoy them. I honestly need to incorporate them more often.

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Now let’s quickly move onto some personal care/hygiene that are good to have on-hand. When I go to the gym, I go in the morning, with no plans of going anywhere else but home. When I watch fitness gurus on YouTube, some of them are like “I’m going to run for 2 hours on the treadmill and then I have to run errands, which is why I carry dry shampoo.” Honey – I need more than dry shampoo if I plan on going anywhere after the gym… which is why I go right home! Regardless, it’s always good to have stuff that could help, just in case… you just never know!

First of all, I keep a travel size pack of Purell Sanitizing Wipes in my bag. Granted – the gym has paper towels and disinfectant everywhere, but you just never know when you’re gonna need a wipe!

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Something I’ve recently discovered is The Laundress Sport Fabric Refresher Spray. After a workout, I’ll spray a little bit in my shoes, on my workout gloves, and I’ll just spray a pump into my bag just to keep it fresh. I love this stuff and I feel like I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately!

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I also keep a few items in my bag to make me feel purty! I keep a travel size can of Evian Facial Spray. I don’t use it often, but I think I used it after a workout once or twice and it gave me a boost of energy and made my skin feel super fresh! Speaking of fresh, who hates BO? I do, and I’m always paranoid that I smell. Shockingly enough, I don’t carry a body spray with me (I certainly will pack one now!), but I carry around a small Dove Men Deoderant with me. What? a men’s deo? YES! Why? Cause I feel like it’s stronger, more effective, and I’ll be honest, it smells fresh without making me smell like a dude!

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This is a recent purchase of mine, but I carry around Body Glide for Her Anti-Chafe Balm. Women AND men know that chafing sucks! And while I don’t have the issue in places you may think (shocking, right?), I have been having some issues with my sports bra rubbing under my arm pit and it’s highly discomforting. I haven’t used this item yet because I have been okay for the past few days, but this is one of those “keep on hand forever” type items.

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BONUS ITEM!

Okay – so this is totally random, but I have to talk about this little guy who accompanies me to the gym all the time! My little Funko Pocket Game of Thrones/Drogon Pop Keychain. I love him so much!

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I have a few other things in my bag, but nothing worth writing home about. I have a lip balm, I have makeup wipes (yes, I wear a tiny bit of makeup to the gym), I have dry shampoo (which I never use), an extra pair of sunglasses, an arm band to hold my iPhone (I only used once.. not very comfortable), I have a jump rope (which I have yet to find the courage to use), and of course, some hair ties, head bands, and an extra set of clothes.

So… do you think I’m prepared? Am I missing anything? I think I’m in pretty good shape! Please – tell me some of your favorite gym bag must-haves!

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