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7 Gym Bag Essentials You Need For Your Workouts

Are you new to the gym or need help figuring out what you need to put into your gym bag? We got you covered! It’s crucial to bring a packed bag with you to the gym so you can be prepared before, during, and after your workout.


Remember to keep it simple and just bring the essentials. Packing doesn’t have to be hard. We have compiled a list of the most essential items you can pack with you to the gym. Check them out below!



#1: Gym Clothes & Sneakers

If you’re always on the go and want to keep your gym bag in your car, it’s so important to keep a spare change of gym clothes and sneakers to change into. Wearing the proper attire to the gym is important so you can have the best workout possible. Invest in some decent sets of gym clothing, including nice athletic shirts, shorts, leggings, pants, and even sweaters! Don’t forget the sneakers as well! Invest in comfortable gym sneakers so you can improve your performance at the gym.


If you’re looking for some new gym clothes, check out our partners, CARVEMARK and COVE Chicago, for some brand new apparel you can rock during your next workout! CHI-SOCIETY members receive special offers for each of their purchase with a special promo code! Check it out under the “Community Perks” page on our website.



#2: Head Phones

A must-have for your workouts is music, so make sure you don’t forget your headphones! Whether they’re wireless headphones like Airpods, or over-the-ear style headphones, they can all make a difference in your workout. Listening to music or podcasts can help motivate you to perform better during your workout!



#3: Water Bottle

Stay hydrated during your workout! Drinking water during exercise replace the fluids you lose when you sweat. Drinking water is also beneficial during exercise as it carries nutrients to your body and comes with many benefits, such as regulating body temperature, maximizing physical activity, and flushing out toxins out of your body. We recommend using a reusable water bottle at the gym so it can keep your water cool, while helping the environment! And if you don’t like the taste of water, try flavoring your water with cut-up fruit like strawberries or lemons!



#4: Foam Roller

Stretch, stretch, stretch! You should ALWAYS be stretching before and after your workouts. During your warm-up and cool-down stretches, we highly recommend utilizing a foam roller. Investing in a foam roller is highly recommended as foam rollers can help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation, and increase your joint range of motion.


If you’re looking for a foam roller or different gym equipment, check out our partners — Balanced Body, Perform Better, and ROGUE — for some brand new fitness equipment you can utilize during your next workout! CHI-SOCIETY members receive special offers for each of their purchase with a special promo code! Check it out under the “Community Perks” page on our website.



#5: Gym Towel

It’s crucial to practice good hygiene in the gym as it is a communal environment. Bringing your own gym towel can reassure that extra bit of cleanliness during your workout. Whether it is used to wipe down your own sweat or used to wipe down the machines, keeping a gym towel with you at all times will allow for a safe and clean workout. Don’t forget to wash your towel after every use!


#6: Deodorant

No one likes to sweat. When we get hot, our bodies release moisture in the form of sweat to cool us down, so deodorant is crucial to wear during your workout and to wear after your workout. Keep your deodorant in your bag at all times so you can put it on when you want to feel squeaky clean!



#7: Snacks & Protein

Recovery after a workout is essential. Healing our bodies after working out allows you to maximize your results, such as muscle gain and weight loss or even reduce muscle soreness. Make sure to keep snacks, such as granola bars and nuts, or even a protein drink in your bag to help with recovery.


If you’re looking for some post-gym snacks or protein, check out our partners — Cup Half Full Co., New World Nutrition, Prepped N Plated, Real Good Juice Co., and Vital Proteins — for some awesome new gym recovery choices! CHI-SOCIETY members receive special offers for each of their purchase with a special promo code! Check it out under the “Community Perks” page on our website.



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