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What's in My Gym Bag? From Basics to Necessities

What's in My Gym Bag? From Basics to Necessities


If you're like me, you've probably spent some time wondering what exactly goes into a gym bag. I mean, we're not just packing sneakers and a water bottle, right? Well, you're in for a treat because today, I'm going to give you a sneak peek into my gym bag, and trust me, it’s not your typical one. As a fitness instructor, my bag is like Mary Poppins’ magical carpet bag – it’s filled with all kinds of goodies that help me stay on top of my game while adding a dash of fun to my workouts. So, let’s dive right in!

  1. The Trusty Gym Bag:

First things first, you need a reliable gym bag to carry all your fitness essentials. I prefer one with plenty of compartments to keep things organized. Who wants to dig through a bottomless pit of gym gear? My trusted bag in crime is the Auroae Yoga backpack because I can strap my mat into a compartment just like everything else. 

  1. Workout Apparel:

Obviously, workout clothes are a must. But as a fitness instructor, I tend to have a few extra sets of UNLMTD apparel in there just in case. You never know when an impromptu fitness class might be needed. 

  1. Gym Shoes with Flair:

First things first, a good pair of gym shoes is a must. But why settle for plain old kicks when you can rock some flashy, colorful sneakers that scream, “Let’s get this workout party started!” They not only support my feet but also add a pop of personality to my gym attire. My go-tos? This ranges from Sorel, NoBull, Adidas, Nike, and Puma! What can I say? I love sneakers! 

  1. Snack Attack:

Fuel is key, so I carry a mix of pre and post-workout snacks. My secret weapon? Almonds and a banana – quick, easy, and packed with energy.

  1. Hydration Station:

Water bottle? Check. But here's the twist – I've got a reusable smoothie cup. After a killer class, there's nothing like a protein-packed smoothie to refuel. Just be cautious on the sugars with your smoothies! 

  1. Music Magic:

As an instructor, I need my tunes. My wireless headphones are always in my bag along with a portable speaker. Music is the heartbeat of my workouts, and my portable speaker is the DJ. It’s not just about sharing killer workout playlists with my clients; it also turns the gym into a dance floor during solo sessions. Trust me, nothing beats a spontaneous dance break between sets!

  1. Towel Time:

A small gym towel is a given, but I also stash a microfiber towel. Why? Because sweating buckets is kind of my thing, especially in a heated class, and I like to keep things as dry as possible.

  1. Resistance Bands:

While many pack weights, I pack resistance bands. These little bands are the unsung heroes of my gym bag. They’re versatile, lightweight, and I can add them to any workout to kick things up a notch or help clients with their form. 

  1. First Aid Kit:

You never know when someone might need a band-aid or some pain relief cream. Plus, I have a soft spot for clumsy gym-goers because hi, I’m the problem it’s me, the clumsy one! 

  1. Dry Shampoo and Deodorant:

After a long day of sweating and teaching, I want to look and smell my best. Dry shampoo and deodorant are my secret weapons for that quick post-gym refresh.

  1. Yoga Mat:

Even if I'm not teaching a yoga class, a yoga mat comes in handy. It's perfect for stretching, core workouts, or providing a clean surface for any impromptu floor exercises.

  1. Inspirational Book:

Okay, this one's a bit quirky, but I always have an inspirational book tucked away. Sometimes, a dose of motivation is just what's needed between classes.

So, there you have it, folks – a peek into my gym bag as a fitness instructor and just you’re plain Jane gym-goer. It's a mix of practicality, preparedness, and a sprinkle of instructor flair. 

What's in your gym bag? Anything fun or unexpected? Let me know in the comments below, and let's keep the conversation going!


—Lindsey Escaja | Blog Contributor 


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