Ever wondered what are those essential items that separate the amateur’s gym bag from a pro’s gym bag? What you carry in your gym bag can significantly increase or decrease your performance. So pay close attention, because you’re about to find out what are the key things your gym bag should never be without.
A Deodorant Stick
Whether you choose to carry a healthy deodorant stick or a spray, it’s up to you. The important thing is, you need to smell fresh and eliminate all unpleasant smells your body might be releasing, while letting your skin breathe and sweat naturally. So, take a good shower, which not only eliminates bad smells but is beneficial for your skin’s health, and put some deodorant whenever you need it.
A Towel or Two
Be sure to carry a towel with you to put on exercise machines or anywhere you might sit or lie down. Nobody likes to touch a sweaty padding. This is not only gross but unsanitary as well, so don’t be that dude that leaves his sweat everywhere and who everyone hates. Be the nice guy who uses a towel and whom everyone respects.
The Jug Life
Water is essential for all life, and that means you too. As an active person, you need much more water on a daily basis than people who don’t work out in order to boost proper hormone production as well as muscle and strength growth. So a small water bottle won’t do, you need a 2,5L jug to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Let Your Skin Breathe
One of the biggest causes of rashes, fungi and other skin-related problems is wearing tight, unbreathable clothes. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it needs to breathe. So make sure you’re always wearing breathable gym clothes in order to avoid these problems.
Always Change Your Socks
There are a lot of people who don’t change their socks after workout, and you shouldn’t be one of them. Changing your socks is not only a godsend for the people around you, but is also prevents the formation of feet fungi, which are hard to cure. Always carry a pair of clean sock with you and your body will thank you for it.
Where are You Putting Your Dirty Clothes?
Stuffing your wet, post-workout clothes directly in the bag is probably one of the worst things you could do. Not only is it unsanitary, it leaves your entire bag smelly and God help you if you’re not going straight home after the gym. That’s why you should always have a droplet wet bag at hand, either pre-installed in your bag or a separate one to safely airlock the toxic waste that is your wet clothes.
Don’t Neglect Your Skin
Dirty gym clothes and workouts in general leave marks on your skin, in the form of blackheads, rashes, bruises or cuts. While that is good, as it means you’re pushing yourself hard enough, you shouldn’t skip your post workout skincare. In order to rejuvenate the skin and keep it be healthy, be sure to have your grooming essentials with you at all times.
Nothing kills that 1RM PR attempt you’ve been prepping for months, like Adelle singing from the top of her lungs about how the world is cruel, but she will overcome. Yeah, a real mood killer and a PR deal-breaker. So whatever you do, make sure to have a spare pair of earbuds that are always in your gym bag, that way you will never have to resort to singing your own heart-breaking song as you slowly but surely miss that lift.
And there you go, those are the essential items every man should carry in his gym bag, everything else is expendable. Be sure to take these tips to heart and you’ll have a more productive time both inside and outside the gym!
Written by: Peter Minkoff