Below is our list of carefully selected gym bag essentials for guys. In this list, you’ll find gear that will help you to reach your goals, break through plateaus, burn more calories, build muscle, and do it all while looking awesome!
Whether you hit the gym to pump iron or indulge in a bit of hot-yoga, having the essentials for your workout neatly packed in your gym bag is always a wise move, especially if you work-out early in the morning and are half asleep when you leave your crib.
These days, hitting the gym for a quick session can feel like packing to go away for the weekend. It’s not like the good old days when all a guy needed was a pair of shorts and a small bag of chalk.
Nowadays, guys feel naked without top-of-the-line sneakers, a state-of-the-art audio system, smart water bottles, activity trackers, and the list just goes on!
A bag to put all your gear in
The defender is our pick of the gym bags and comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s made from reinforced 3D ripstop material so is built to withstand wear and tear.
The extra roomy main compartment is great for easy packing/access and has two zippered end pockets to keep your gear organized. It also has a zippered interior pocket to stash your steroids (joke!!!)
Mop your brow with a cooling sports towel
The eLIFE Fitness Camocool Towel is just what you need to mop the sweat and cool down after an intense workout.
Its sweat-holding capacity is excellent. You can also soak it in cool water, put it on your skin, sit back and relax. The breathable towel can cool to 30 degrees below average body temperature when wet and will keep you cool for an hour or so.
The Elife towel is made from breathable, hypoallergenic materials that are totally safe for your skin. It comes packed in a handy bottle that can be attached to your backpack/belt, etc.
A sweet pair of kicks
No list of gym bag essentials for guys would be complete without the Reebok’s Nano 7.0’s. Whether you are into cross-training, cardio, or lifting weights, these babies are super stable thanks to the reinforced wrap-around heel clip and power-launch toe box which give an anatomically secure fit.
Made from ultra-flexible, crystalized rubber and featuring Reebok’s NanoWeave technology, these kicks are well-ventilated and hug the foot comfortably whatever sport you may be involved in.
The Nano 7.0 are trusted by top competitive athletes so might be a welcome addition to your gym bag.
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A decent deodorant
If you are a sporty guy, don’t mess around with unknown brands and cheap deodorants from your local dollar store unless you want to be “as popular as a bacon buttie at a Bar Mitzvah!”
The Dove antiperspirant stick has a new formula for even better skin protection and the antiperspirant delivers up to 48 hours of odor protection.
All you need to know is that it smells great and has added moisturizer to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. A “must have item” for your gym bag essentials for guys!
Keep track of your exercise
The Fitbit Flex 2 can automatically recognize and record your workouts (with the Fitbit app) whether you are walking, running, cycling, swimming, or running up the town hall steps “Rocky style!”
With this very popular tracker, you can tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes. The ultra-thin, removable tracker can be placed in bands, pendants, and bangles.
You can get call and text notifications, receive friendly reminders to move, and set goals for activity, exercise, nutrition, sleep, hydration, and even your weight! The battery lasts up to 5 days between charges and it’s waterproof down to 50 meters.
The Fitbit also tracks how long and well you sleep each night so that you can also monitor this important aspect of your health.
This whey protein powder isolate by Bulk Supplements is great for three reasons; it increases muscle growth, reduces appetite, and speeds up your recovery time. The whey protein contains a complete amino acid profile, making it very effective for building a chiseled body.
Whey protein helps the body synthesize proteins (even after leaving the gym), which means that muscles continue to grow in the hours and days following weight training.
For further information on whether you should or shouldn’t take protein powders, please check out the Bodybuilding.com website.
Keep your gym bag essentials safe
If you frequent a gym with a bank of lockers in a public area, a good lock is an easy and affordable way to keep your things safe.
This 4 digit combination lock by desired tools is made of weatherproof zinc alloy and plated steel and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee and a 3-year warranty.
It’s easy to set and re-set the combination and it’s just the right size for a gym bag or locker (3.25″ x 1.7″ x 0.7).
Soothe those aching muscles
The Merry Hempsters Vegan Hot Hemp muscle rub contains organic hemp seed oil, cassia, camphor, and organic menthol crystals. This top end muscle rub gives a soothing heating effect and immediate relief for your aching muscles and joints.
It is traditionally used for reducing pain and inflammation caused by sore muscles, strains, overexertion, and swollen joints. This stuff has a gorgeous cinnamon smell and continues to receive rave reviews at Amazon.
Protect your back
If you are into weight training, a belt is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for your gym bag.
Lifting belts work by increasing intra-abdominal pressure which increases spine and core stability. Weightlifting belts can help you perform better on big lifts by involving your lower back. If you squat heavy or pull big, you need a decent belt.
The Dark Iron Fitness weightlifting belt is made of genuine quality cowhide leather that won’t break or wear out over time. It also features a secure, heavy-duty buckle instead of those flimsy plastic clips or Velcro closures.
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Support your tackle
The Adidas Sport Performance Climate Boxers are engineered to keep you cool, dry and performing without worrying about your junk.
These hugely popular boxers are soft, light, and made from breathable fabric which absorbs moisture as well as any boxers available today.
We love that these babies are tag-less. Other features include a soft waistband, non-chafe stitching, double-lined mesh support, and amazingly they don’t ride up your legs while you are working out.
Support for your wrists and hands
You may not know this but your hand grip is comprised of ten small muscles, three in the forearm & wrist and seven in the hand. These muscles allow you to form a grip and carry heavy weights.
Some weightlifters waste time on strengthening their grip muscles in order to improve their workouts but the best solution is to use a top quality set of hand-grips such as the awesome Cobra Grips.
With these suckers, you’ll achieve an optimum grip with excellent wrist support so you can focus on your workouts and not on silly grip exercises!
Keep hydrated with a smart water bottle
The Hidrate Spark 2.0 smart water bottle actually keeps track of how much water you drink and helps you to meet your daily hydration goals.
This nifty bottle flashes its lights to remind you to drink more and it celebrates when you meet your targets. It never needs recharging as it comes with a long-lasting replaceable battery.
It connects to lots of activity trackers including Fitbit, Apple Watch, Apple Health Kit, Google Fit, Under Armour Record (including MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Endomondo), and Nokia / Withings. The bottle syncs to the iOS and Android app via Bluetooth low energy.
Somewhere to keep your smartphone
What self-respecting dude carries his phone around in his hand while working out? Yes, I think they may be called “dick-heads!” For the less idiotic of us, a phone armband is probably the way to go.
Last in our list of gym bag essentials for guys is an armband that is good for larger phones up to 6.75″ and is phone screen diagonal lengths of up to 5.8″.
It has multi-portholes, accommodates most phones, iPods, money, and phone cases. It’s compatible with Apple iPhone 7, 7 plus, 6, 6s, 5S, SE, 5, 4s, 4, and more, Samsung Galaxy S5, S6 S7, and s8, s8+; Note 5 3 2, and more, LG G6 G5 G4 G3 G2, v10, v20, and so on.