13 gym bag essentials for guys that love to workout

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Below is our list of carefully selected gym bag essentials for guys. In this list, you’ll find the gear that will help you to reach your goals, break through plateaus, burn more calories, build muscle, and do it all while looking awesome!

Gym bag essentials for guys

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. This is especially important if you work out early in the morning and are half asleep when you leave the house.

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 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 access and has two zippered end pockets to keep your gear organized.  It also has a zippered interior pocket to stash your steroids!

adidas Defender II Duffel Bag

Last update was on: March 24, 2023 10:19 pm

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 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 Reebok’s Nano 7.0s. Whether you are into cross-training, cardio, or lifting weights, they are very stable. They feature a reinforced wrap-around heel clip and the power-launch toe box to 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.

Reebok Men's CROSSFIT Nano 7.0 Cross-Trainer Shoe, White/Black, 8.5 M US

Last update was on: March 24, 2023 10:19 pm

Gym essentials for men

A decent deodorant

If you are a sporty guy, don’t mess around with unknown brands and cheap deodorants from your local dollar store.

The Dove antiperspirant stick has a new formula for even better skin protection and the antiperspirant delivers up to 48 hours of odor protection.

It smells great and has added moisturizer to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. A key gym bag essential for guys that don’t want to stink.

Dove Men+Care Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick Extra Fresh 2.7 oz(Pack of 2)

Last update was on: March 24, 2023 10:19 pm

Keep track of your exercise

The Fitbit Flex 2 can automatically recognize and record your workouts. Whether you are walking, running, cycling, swimming, or running up the town hall steps “Rocky style!”

With this very popular tracker, you can track 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 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.

Fitbit Flex 2, Black (US Version)

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Bulk up

This whey protein powder isolate by Bulk Supplements is highly recommended. 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). This 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.

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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. It 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.

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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. It has a gorgeous cinnamon smell and continues to receive rave reviews on Amazon.

Merry Hempsters Hot Hemp Muscle Rub, 0.6 Ounce, Made in the USA, Vegan Certified

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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 helps with 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 the tagless design. Other features include a soft waistband, non-chafe stitching, and double-lined mesh support.

adidas Men's Sport Performance Climalite Boxer Briefs Underwear (2-Pack)

Last update was on: March 24, 2023 10:19 pm

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 strengthening their grip muscles to improve their workouts. The best solution is to use a top-quality set of handgrips such as the awesome Cobra Grips.

With these, you’ll achieve an optimum grip with excellent wrist support so you can focus on your workouts and not on grip exercises!

Cobra Grips Pro Weight Lifting Gloves Heavy Duty Straps Alternative to Power Lifting Hooks Deadlifts Built in Adjustable Neoprene Padded...

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Keep hydrated with a smart water bottle

The Hidrate Spark 2.0 smart water bottle 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, and loads more. The bottle syncs to the iOS and Android app via Bluetooth.

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle (Purple) - Tracks Water Intake & Glows to Remind You to Stay Hydrated

Last update was on: March 24, 2023 10:19 pm

Somewhere to keep your smartphone

What self-respecting dude carries his phone around in his hand while working out? Yes, a phone armband is probably the way to go.

Last on our list of gym bag essentials for guys is an armband. This one is good for larger phones up to 6.75″.

It has multi-portholes and accommodates most phones, iPods, and phone cases.

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