Gym Bag Swag

gym bag swag

I’ve fallen off the wagon recently. Fitness has gone right to the back of my mind recently as I’ve been working on my blog more recently. I’m excited to start round 2 of the TIU Bikini Series next Monday (see my previous review posts of round 1 here) but in the meantime, I’m using this week to get back into some sort of fitness routine.

I’ve done a similar post to this before (see it here) but I thought it would be nice to see how my fitness ideas have changed in the past year or so. I’d say this is a list of my essentials to take to the gym with you but seeing as I workout at home mostly, it can be taken with a pinch of salt!

Yoga mat
This will probably depend on where you’re going. Most gyms have these stocked by the smaller weights section of dumbbells or in the main studios; however, if you’re a bit of a clean freak like me, I like to take my own to classes. I’m actually on the lookout for a new one so tweet me if you see any good deals anywhere!


Resistance band/mini bands
This are my workout essentials for travelling. They take up very little space and are a great alternative to dumbbells. To those people who say that body-weight exercises are no good, I challenge you to use either resistance bands or mini bands and see if you still feel the same afterwards.

Ankle/wrist weights
These are great for using when doing body-weight exercises. I’ve been using them mostly to improve my flexibility; it’s easy to stretch when wearing a set of them.



I like to keep track of my workouts and meals and I also plan them out weekly. My diary lets me know what workouts and videos I need to do for the day and I can write in the food I eat when I’m on the go.

Water bottle
Keeping hydrated is so important. I’ve been trying to drink around 3 litres a day to make sure I’m feeling as good as I should do. Even if I’m not at the gym, you’ll usually see me with a water bottle in my bag.


A good pair of trainers
If I’m working out from home, I don’t often have shoes on but if I’m out, it’s a given. I’m not saying you have to spend hundreds of pounds on a pair but make sure you’re getting the right type of trainers for the exercise you do. Running shoes are a lot different to cycling shoes which are the opposite to studio trainers.

Comfortable sportswear
I tend to go for a sports bra, baggy top and tight leggings/shorts. This is what I am most comfortable in but this depends on the person I guess. I would definitely invest in a few good sports bras though; make sure you try them on in store before buying as they can vary massively in fit.

Spare underwear
Sometimes, needs must. Just in case.

Toiletry bag
Now this is completely up to you. If I go to the gym, I go straight from work, get my workout done and then go straight home to shower. I don’t like communal showers whatsoever so avoid them at all costs. For me, it includes:

  • Face wipes
  • Dry shampoo
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Plasters
  • Hairbrush and bobbles/grips
  • Hand sanitiser

iPod and headphones

A workout is not complete at the gym without music. Drown out the weird people groaning constantly next to you as they lift.
I like to keep my workout guides on my phone and laptop as I don’t have a tablet. When at home, I follow along with videos; if at the gym, I use my phone or print out some guides.
I’m thinking about getting back into going to a gym and signing up somewhere; however, because I live in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t really any convenient to me!
What essentials have I missed? What do you always carry around in your gym bag? Leave me a comment below.