One of the ways you can see how dedicated an athlete is to fitness is if they carry a gym bag into the building. Athletes with gym bags know what they need, when they need it, and want immediate access to it before and after a training session.
By Roger Lockridge
If you’re new to the fitness game and decide you need a gym bag, then you might be asking what you need to fit in yours. You’ll see lists with common items like a belt, straps, towel, etc. So this list isn’t going to cover those. The following four items are small, can fit in almost any gym bag pocket, and you’ll be glad you had them when that inevitable moment comes that you need them.
Almost every gym provides some type of cleaner for the equipment so you can use it before and after you use a machine but what about you? You’ll be touching equipment, handles, and using machines that have also been used by many people over the course of a day. It’s not that the other people don’t care for themselves but it’s inevitable that germs will be spread. Having your own hand sanitizer means you can do your own part in not spreading any of those germs as well as taking care of yourself to minimize a chance of being affected now and later.
If you like listening to music on your phone then pay attention. We all have had that moment when we walk up to the door of the gym and realize that we forgot our greatest training partner at the house. Without your music or podcast or whatever you listen to, the workout simply isn’t as good, right? You can go to a local store to buy a cheap pair of headphones for a few bucks (or even less at some places) and have them ready in your gym bag as backup in case you ever do forget your primary ones somewhere else. If or when the time comes that you need them, you’ll pat yourself on the back for knowing to have them.
A full size foam roller can be awesome to have, but your gym bag might not be able to hold it. I also am not a fan of community rollers in gyms. A massage ball is small so it won’t take up too much bag space and can help you isolate almost any area you need to warm up before training. You can also use it to help kick-start recovery after the workout is done.
Pen and Paper
You can save anything onto a phone but there are times when batteries die and you either want to save or share information like your workout or a number from someone else. Have a small notepad and a pen in your gym bag so you can write anything down when you would need it. Later on you can save it onto your mobile when you need it or you can go old-school and keep the notepad like a journal.