Gym Bag Essentials for Every Woman


By: , – Cassey Ho, YouTube Fitness Guru
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For those of you avid gym-goers out there, you know how important it is to keep your gym bag stocked and ready to go! If you are anything like me, you also like to stay stylish, even while getting sweaty, which is why I designed my oGorgeous brand of bags, so that I can have a gym bag that is as pretty as a purse! I make sure to pack my bag full of the essentials so that I'm always ready for a workout, wherever I am. Let me share some of my gym bag must haves:

Fitness Gloves
These really come in handy when you're lifting weights and want to avoid getting calluses. They're also great as you're developing grip strength.

Reusable Water Bottles
I cannot urge you enough to always have water on hand wherever you are, but especially when exercising. Staying hydrated allows you to train longer and harder. Plus it keeps your skin looking youthful. 

Hair Ties
For all of us longhaired ladies (and some gents), you know it’s basically impossible to work out with your hair flying in your face. I keep multiple hair ties in my bag (and on my wrist) just in case I lose or break one, which always seems to happen! I love the ones with no metal attachment that come in natural colors like black, brown and blonde.

iPod/MP3 Player
Music is the best energy booster when it comes to working out! Good music = a great workout! It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of tunes you like, turn up the volume and let your ears enjoy! I like to use an arm band and tangle free ear buds, so I don’t have to worry about injuring my iPod during my sessions.

Fitness Magazines
I always have a few magazines in my bag for instant inspiration! There's always a new routine to learn, a new recipe to look forward to after my workout, or a set of before and after pictures that makes me feel like anything is possible! I enjoy Fitness, SHAPE, SELF and Oxygen magazines.

Extra Clothes
I always keep an extra tank top and an extra pair of socks for emergencies. In a jiffy, a shirt can act as a towel and every so often socks can rub your feet the wrong way (or you realize you left them at home), so a replacement comes in handy.

Healthy Snacks
I am always ravenous after a tough workout session, so to avoid eating anything I find in my path (think convenience foods that are salty, processed and oily), I pack my bag with fruit, protein powder or a baggie of almonds. This keeps me satisfied until I can get home and down a real home cooked meal!

Most gyms have a "no bag" policy on the fitness floor, so you have to put your gear in a locker. I never want to leave all of my goodies unprotected, so a lock is a must-have for your bag. These locks come in four fun colors!

What do you carry in your bag? Do you keep it light or stuffed like me? Let me know in the comments below!
About the Author:
Cassey Ho, who is certified in Pilates and group fitness instruction, is also the creator of the POP Pilates DVD, designer of oGorgeous gym bags, and founder of, which was named the Best Healthy Living Blog of 2012 by Fitness magazine. Cassey is a "Top Online Fitness Influencer" with more than 44 million video views to date and more than 540,000 subscribers on her YouTube channels Blogilates and BlogilatesTV.

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