12 Gym Bag Essentials

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Its a brand new year and that means brand new resolutions are being carried out by millions of people around the world in an effort to improve their well being. While some are attempting to quit smoking or give up drinking alcohol, most others have joined their local gym in a noble attempt to live an overall healthier life.

Getting to the gym and getting active is, however, only half the battle. You’ll need the proper gear for this new, healthier lifestyle you’ve chosen, including a gym bag and everything in it. A perfectly-outfitted gym bag will improve your workout, post-workout, and recovery experience. Whether you’re new to the gym or a seasoned lifter, here are 12 essentials every fitness buff should be carrying in their gym bag.

GoRuck 38L Gym Bag

GoRuck 38L Gym Bag

GoRuck designed their rugged 38 liter gym bag up to military standards, which means when its not toting your gym gear back and forth to the gym, it can just as easily carry 400 pounds or more of weight through the rain, mud, or snow without breaking. It’s made in the USA from 1000D Cordura and features an oversized 38 liter main compartment, 3 zippered pockets, and velcro area on the front for attaching the motivational patch of your choice. – $95

Nike Air Max Crusher 2

Nike Air Max Crusher 2

Whether you’re hitting the treadmill or pounding out sets on the squat rack, a quality pair of shoes can make or break a workout. For style and comfort, you can’t go wrong with Nike’s Air Max Crusher 2 sneakers. The Max Air unit in the heel along with a full-length Phylite midsole provides unrivaled impact protectioning and cushioning during grueling workouts. – $75

Baxter Of California Deodorant

Baxter Of California Deodorant

Sweating it out in the gym for a couple of hours will leave you smelling ripe. After you hit the showers, apply a generous amount of Baxter Of California Deodorant to your necessary body parts. The aluminum free, alcohol free, citrus formula will provide a musky herbal scent that your significant other will more than appreciate. – $18

Packtowl Personal Towel

Packtowl Personal Towel

Wiping the sweat from your brow, wiping down a machine after you’ve finished your sets, and drying your face after a quick was post workout are just a few things the Packtowl Personal Towel is useful for at the gym. This lightweight towel is made from a soft, quick-drying microfiber blend and features an antimicrobial treatment that resists odors commonly found inside of a gym bag. – $14+

Ridge Tech Tee

Ridge Tech Tee

Cotton is breathable but retains moisture. For your intense workouts, opt instead for the prAna Ridge Tech Tee. It’s spun polyester and spandex construction dries faster than you can sweat, and stretches jsut enough to accommodate your full range of motion in the gym. – $43

Adidas Adipure shorts

Adidas Adipure Shorts

Functional enough for the gym yet stylish enough for the street, the Adidas Adipure Shorts are made from polyester single jersey for lightweight comfort and feature split hems for runners, and zip front pockets with metal rivets for both durability and practicality. – $29

3Plus Snap Activity Tracker

3Plus Snap Activity Tracker

Improving your performance is much easier when you’re keeping track of your workouts. Throw the 3Plus Snap Activity Tracker in your gym bag and you’ll be able to track your steps, calories burned, distance covered, and your progress towards completing your goals in the gym. Its also waterproof up to 3 meters, protecting it from sweat in the process. – $16

Ecovessel Bold Water Bottle

Eco Vessel Bold Water Bottle

Whether you’re sweating hard and breaking personal records in the weight room or just hanging out in the steam room being social, staying hydrated is imperative at the gym. Get your daily recommended intake of water with the Eco Vessel Bold Water Bottle. It features a single-walled stainless steel construction along with both a wide mouth opening for filling and pouring and a smaller one for sipping water in between sets. – $18

Jack Black Relief and Recovery Balm

Jack Black Relief & Recovery Balm

Throwing around insane amounts of weights for two hours or a three mile trek on the treadmill will likely usher in some unwanted joint and muscle pain. Stashing a tube of Jack Black’s Dragon Ice Relief and Recovery Balm in your gym bag is essential to combatting inflammation, joint pain, and sore muscles so your next workout doesn’t suffer. – $23

Adidas Adilette Slide Sandals

Adidas Adilette Slide Sandals

Foot fungus is common in locker rooms and community showers, and its nothing to be proud of. Protect your feet on your way to and from the locker room showers at the gym with the Adilette Slide Sandals by Adidas. They feature a durable, quick-drying Synthetic upper and a contoured footbed for comfort in the shower. – $30

iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle

Music is absolutely essentials to a productive workout. Along with a gym-friendly compact design and up to 15 hours of battery life, the iPod shuffle can store hundreds of songs and dozens of your favorite play lists to help you stay motivated long after the weekend gym warriors have left the building. – $100

XTC Earphones

XTC Earphones

The music on your iPod does you no good on the treadmill if it can’t be heard. That’s where the XTC Earphones come in handy. Made from handsome, high-quality wood that, these in-ear headphones deliver superb acoustics, hi-fi stereo sound, and advanced noise isolation while the included soft silicone earbuds provide a comfortable fit throughout your workout. – $24