8 Gym Bags, 78 Items Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without

By , SparkPeople Blogger
When​ ​you​ ​get​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​fitness​ ​class,​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​your​ ​bag​ ​packed​ ​and​ ​ready to​ ​go?​ ​Or​ ​are​ ​you​ ​the​ ​person​ ​frantically​ ​scrambling​ ​at​ ​the​ ​last​ ​minute,​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​think​ ​of​ ​what​ ​you might​ ​need​ ​on​ ​your​ ​way​ ​out​ ​the​ ​door?​ ​Sure,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​always​ ​pack​ ​a​ ​water​ ​bottle,​ ​hair​ ​ties​ ​and change​ ​of​ ​clothes,​ ​but​ ​what​ ​other​ ​items​ ​are​ ​you​ ​missing?​ ​When​ ​you​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​gym,​ ​do​ ​you​ ​try​ ​to sneak​ ​a​ ​peek​ ​into​ ​other​ ​gym​ ​bags​ ​as​ ​they​ ​sit,​ ​open​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bench​ ​in​ ​the​ ​locker​ ​room?​ ​What​ ​do other​ ​members​ ​have​ ​in​ ​there​ ​that​ ​you​ ​don't?​ ​What​ ​can't​ ​they​ ​live​ ​without?​ ​Which​ ​items​ ​might you​ ​enjoy,​ ​too?  
Having​ ​your​ ​bag​ ​packed​ ​and​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​go​ ​with​ ​the​ ​right​ ​items​ ​can​ ​mean​ ​the​ ​difference​ ​between dehydrating​ ​during​ ​your​ ​run,​ ​blisters​ ​from​ ​lifting​ ​weights​ ​without​ ​hand​ ​wraps​ ​and​ ​tape​ ​or​ ​having to​ ​skip​ ​brunch​ ​with​ ​your​ ​girlfriends​ ​because​ ​you​ ​forgot​ ​a​ ​change​ ​of​ ​clothes​ ​or​ ​deodorant.  
Rather​ ​than​ ​peeping​ ​in​ ​everyone’s​ ​bags,​ ​we​ ​reached​ ​out​ ​to​ ​​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​fitness​ ​instructors​ ​to​ ​find out​ ​which​ ​essential​ ​items​ ​they​ ​never​ ​leave​ ​home​ ​without. 

As​ ​a​ ​spin​ ​instructor​ ​at​ ​​LA​ ​Fitness​​ ​​for​ ​nearly​ ​13​ ​years,​ ​my​ ​gym​ ​bag​ ​is​ ​carefully​ ​constructed​ ​so I’m​ ​always​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​class​ ​ahead.​​ ​Items​ ​come​ ​and​ ​items​ ​go,​ ​but​ ​these​ ​are​ ​the​ ​ones​ ​I​ ​call​ ​on every​ ​Saturday​ ​morning.  

Cycling​ ​shoes:​ ​​I​ ​love​ ​my​ ​Shimano​ ​​cycling​ ​shoes​​ ​and​ ​hate​ ​to​ ​ride​ ​without​ ​them.​ ​The​ ​stiff​ ​sole helps​ ​power​ ​me​ ​through​ ​every​ ​workout,​ ​the​ ​clips​ ​keep​ ​my​ ​feet​ ​in​ ​the​ ​proper​ ​position​ ​and​ ​they​ ​are super​ ​comfortable. 
Water​ ​bottle​:​ ​This​ ​Polar​ ​Bottle​ ​​water​ ​bottle​​ ​is​ ​insulated,​ ​lightweight​ ​and​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​clean.  
Cotton​ ​headbands​:​ ​I​ ​have​ ​tried​ ​a​ ​bunch​ ​of​ ​headbands​ ​and​ ​found​ ​that​ ​​plain​ ​cotton​ ​ones​​ ​seem​ ​to stay​ ​on​ ​my​ ​head​ ​and​ ​absorb​ ​sweat​ ​the​ ​best.​ ​Plus,​ ​the​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​colors​ ​means​ ​I​ ​can​ ​always​ ​find one​ ​to​ ​match​ ​my​ ​workout​ ​outfit.  

Mic belt: You probably aren't in the market for a mic belt yourself, but if you're looking for a nice belt to stash your stuff in during your class (or on a run or long bike ride) I love this one.

Hair ties: If you have long hair like me, you know you can never have enough hair ties to keep strands out of your face during class. I try to keep my pack stocked with at least three to five, just to be safe.

Deodorant: I have been using Dove deodorant for years. It smells nice without being overpowering and it keeps me from sweating—too much, anyway.

Socks: I swear by Adidas ClimaCool socks, which are so comfortable, breathable, lightweight and, best of all, don't stretch out after multiple wears.

Workout towel: While I don't prescribe to any specific sweat towel (as long as it keeps me from sweating all over my music, I'm good), these cooling towels would be awesome for a hot spin class.

Padded bike seat: Over the years, I've gotten used to hard bike seats. Every once in awhile, though, and for beginners especially, a padded bike seat can make your hour way more enjoyable. 

Yoga & Pilates: 

Kristin McGee has been a yoga and Pilates instructor for more than 17 years in Manhattan and around the world. She's also a personal trainer, SparkPeople.TV trainer and has worked with some amazing people throughout the years, including celebrities such as Steve Martin and Tina Fey. Since Kristin runs around all day and has to sneak in her personal workouts in between client sessions, she needs a gym bag that’s full to the brim with essentials to carry her through the day. 

Hair tie, with a side of motivation: I always need hair ties to pull my hair back. I love these from Momentum because they don’t tear my hair and they have great little motivational quotes on them. 

Headphones:  I like the kind of headphones that can also be wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet. If I’m not doing yoga or Pilates, I often get on the equipment and do some cardio or lift weights. I love good music for this.

Health magazine: I love to read up on health and nutrition.

Bioactive greens: I’ve never been big on supplements and especially now that I’m pregnant with twins, I am more careful about what I put into my body. These greens are organic, non-GMO, 100 percent natural and they give me a little boost if I add to my water before a workout. 

Essential oils: I always have an Aura Cacia essential oil in my bag to use as a pick-me-up or to clean my hands. When I’m teaching, I often use it for final relaxation on my students. I especially love the orange and peppermint.

Lip balm: My lips often get dry and I love this Sun Salutation lip balm by gypsy soul organics. t smells amazing, is super moisturizing and 100 percent organic.

Hand towel: I like this Manduka hand towel if it’s super steamy and I need something for extra grip on my yoga mat, or as just a nice little towel to use when I’m hot.

Water: I always hydrate. I love übr water for its high PH content and smooth taste.

Sunscreen spray: What’s awesome about this sunscreen is you can spritz it on your face throughout your day. It has 50 SPF and is good way to keep applying sunscreen without messing up my makeup.

Face wipes: These Juicy Bamboo wipes are wonderful to use when I get really sweaty and need to clean my face during the day. Organic, easy to carry and they smell great.

Deodorant: This charcoal deodorant works great and is the perfect travel size.

Socks: I put these socks on when I have to walk around the room adjusting people so my feet don’t get so dirty. Also good for Barre and Pilates classes.

Snacks: Crispy Green fruit snacks are tasty, low calorie and they hold up well in my gym bag. In the past when I toss in real fruit, it sometimes gets squished. I love that these are only made of natural freeze-dried fruit. I also carry a can of Safe Catch tuna because snacks can’t always be nuts, seeds and fruit. This is the best tasting tuna and the lowest in mercury, four times lower than anything on the market, which is important to me now that I’m pregnant.  

Sports bra: Having an extra sports bra in my bag to change if I get sweaty is a must. I love Handful bras because they’re soft, supportive and super flattering! 
Group​ ​Fitness:

Lisa​ ​Corsello​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fitness​ ​expert​ ​and​ ​the​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​​Burn​.​ ​A​ ​certified​ ​personal​ ​trainer,​ ​nutrition consultant​ ​and​ ​certified​ ​yoga,​ ​Pilates​ ​and​ ​group​ ​fitness​ ​instructor,​ ​she​ ​has​ ​successfully adapted and applied her methods to clients with a wide range of abilities and capabilities.

Bag:​ I​ ​just​ ​love​ ​Marc​ ​Jacobs​ ​​bags​,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​new​ ​teal​ ​and​ ​gold​ ​carry-all​ ​is​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​fall. 

Moisturizer:​​ ​I​ ​don't​ ​wear​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​makeup,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​love​ ​the​ ​coverage​ ​and​ ​hint​ ​of​ ​color​ ​Laura Mercier​ ​tinted​ ​​moisturizer​​ ​gives​ ​me. 

Lip​ ​balm​:​ ​I​ ​love​ ​this​ ​​stuff​! [Labello​ ​balm​ ​is]​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​find​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​buy​ ​loads​ ​of​ ​it whenever​ ​I'm​ ​in​ ​Europe. 

Travel​ ​toothbrush​ ​kit:​ I​ ​need​ ​​this​​ ​kit​ ​because​​ ​​I​ ​brush​ ​my​ ​teeth​ ​three​ ​to​ ​four​ ​times​ ​a​ ​day.

Gum:​ ​It​ ​doesn't​ ​matter​ ​which​ ​flavor,​ ​I​ ​like​ ​all​ ​​Orbit​ ​gum​.  

Hand​ ​and​ ​face​ ​wipes:​ ​​These​ ​Cetaphil​ ​​wipes​​ ​are​ ​gentle​ ​and​ ​don't​ ​irritate​ ​my​ ​skin. 

Sunglasses​:​ ​ I​ ​used​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​money​ ​on​ ​sunglasses,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​lost/scratched/crushed them​ ​regularly. These​ ​are​ ​some​ ​cheap​ ​​aviators​​ ​from​ ​H&M​ ​and​ ​I​ ​dig​ ​them. 

Sunscreen:​ The​ ​Colorescience​ ​Powder​ ​​sunscreen​​ ​comes​ ​with​ ​a​ ​cool​ ​brush​ ​so​ ​you​ ​can​ ​put​ ​on​ ​as much​ ​as​ ​you​ ​want,​ ​right​ ​where​ ​you​ ​want​ ​it.  

Eye​ ​drops​:​ ​I​ ​wear​ ​contacts​ ​and​ ​can't​ ​live​ ​without​ ​these​ ​Blink​ ​​eye​ ​drops​​ ​​during​ ​my​ ​marathon workdays. 

Snack:​ ​​These​ ​Squarebars​ ​are​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​a​ ​quick​ ​​snack​​ ​between​ ​meetings. My​ ​favorite​ ​flavor​ ​is peanut​ ​butter​ ​chocolate. 

Jen​ ​Schweitzer​ ​co-teaches​ ​kettlebell​ ​classes​ ​at​ ​​Elevated​ ​Fitness​​ ​in​ ​Strongsville,​ ​Ohio,​ ​with​ ​her husband,​ ​Brad. They teach kettlebell twice a week, and Brad is studying to become a personal trainer.

Gloves:​​ ​I​ ​love​ ​these​ ​Marika​ ​​gloves​​ ​because​ ​they​ ​help​ ​with​ ​grip​ ​and​ ​assist​ ​in​ ​preventing​ ​blisters. Having​ ​a better​ ​grip​ ​on​ ​the​ ​kettlebell​ ​allows​ ​for​ ​more​ ​swings.  

Stopwatch:​​ ​A​ ​​stopwatch​​ ​like​ ​the​ ​one​ ​we​ ​use​ ​from​ ​Sportline​ ​is​ ​useful​ ​for​ ​tracking​ ​time​ ​for​ ​each​ ​exercise and​ ​rest​ ​period.​ ​The​ ​stopwatch​ ​is​ ​also​ ​key​ ​during​ ​​tabatas​

Notebook:​​ ​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​a​ ​​notebook​​ ​when​ ​I​ ​lift​ ​weights​ ​to​ ​record​ ​my​ ​reps,​ ​sets​ ​and​ ​weights.  

Chalk:​ ​​It​ ​is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​"chalk​ ​up"​ ​when​ ​your​ ​hands​ ​get​ ​sweaty.​ ​The​ ​​chalk​​ ​dries​ ​your​ ​hands​ ​and​ ​allows for​ ​a​ ​better​ ​grip​ ​on​ ​the​ ​kettlebell.  

Hydration:​ ​​My​ ​favorite​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​my​ ​gym​ ​bag​ ​is​ ​my​ ​drink! I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​shaker​ ​bottle​ ​that​ ​I​ ​fill​ ​with​ ​water​ ​and add​ ​one scoop​ ​of​ ​​BCAA​ ​AminoCore​.​ ​This supplement​ ​helps​ ​your​ ​muscles​ ​from​ ​breaking​ ​down​ ​during the​ ​workout.  

Shakes:​​ ​After​ ​the​ ​workout,​ ​you​ ​gotta​ ​have​ ​your protein!​ ​Our​ ​favorite​ ​​powdered​ ​protein​​ ​for​ ​shakes​ ​is Natural​ ​Whey​ ​by​ ​bodylogix. It​ ​is​ ​gluten-free,​ ​contains​ ​no​ ​artificial​ ​flavors​ ​or​ ​colors​ ​and​ ​is​ ​sourced​ ​from grass-fed​ ​cows.​ ​We​ ​mix​ ​one​ ​scoop​ ​with​ ​almond​ ​milk​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​delicious!​ ​We​ ​have​ ​had​ ​vanilla​ ​bean​ ​and dark​ ​chocolate.  

David​ ​Pertuset​ ​is​ ​an​ ​ISSA-certified​ ​personal​ ​trainer,​ ​ACE-certified​ ​personal​ ​trainer​ ​and​ ​is​ ​the owner​ ​and​ ​operator​ ​of​ ​​Comanche​ ​CrossFit​​ ​in​ ​Cincinnati,​ ​Ohio. 

Wrist​ ​wraps:​​ ​I​ ​use​ ​these​ ​​wraps​​ ​any​ ​time​ ​I​ ​put​ ​heavy​ ​weight​ ​over​ ​my​ ​head​ ​that​ ​requires​ ​extra​ ​support. 

Gymnastics​ ​hand​ ​grips:​​ ​These​ ​​straps​​ ​protect​ ​my​ ​hands​ ​from​ ​tears​ ​during​ ​pull-ups​ ​or​ ​muscle-ups. 

Olympic​ ​weightlifting​ ​straps:​ I​ ​use​ ​these​ ​straps​ ​when​ ​doing​ ​multiple​ ​reps​ ​with​ ​heavy​ ​weight​ ​for snatching​. They​ ​are​ ​also​ ​used​ ​for​ ​one-rep​ ​max​ ​lifts. 

Water​ ​bottle:​​ ​The​ ​Rogue​ ​​water​ ​bottle​​ ​keeps​ ​water​ ​very​ ​cold. Some​ ​gyms​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​water​ ​fountains,​ ​so it​ ​is​ ​good​ ​to​ ​always​ ​bring​ ​your​ ​own​ ​water.​ ​I​ ​mix​ ​my​ ​glutamine​ ​in​ ​my​ ​water​ ​and​ ​sip​ ​on​ ​it​ ​throughout​ ​my workouts. 

Shoes:​​ ​CrossFit​ ​Nano​ ​​shoes​​ ​are​ ​multi-use​ ​shoes​ ​for​ ​various​ ​movements.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​do​ ​gymnastics​ ​and weightlifting​ ​in​ ​these​ ​shoes.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​like​ ​Nike​ ​​weightlifting​ ​shoes​--the​ ​hard,​ ​high​ ​heel​ ​helps​ ​with controlling​ ​heavy​ ​weights. 

Tape:​​ ​​Tape​​ ​is​ ​great​ ​to​ ​have​ ​on​ ​hand​ ​for​ ​skin​ ​tears​ ​and​ ​thumb​ ​protection​ ​while​ ​weightlifting. 

Socks:​ ​​I​ ​like​ ​​high​ ​socks​​ ​for​ ​movements​ ​when​ ​the​ ​bar​ ​is​ ​pulled​ ​up​ ​from​ ​the​ ​floor,​ ​so​ ​it​ ​doesn't​ ​scrape​ ​your shins. 

Sleeves:​ ​​A​ ​single,​ ​thick​ ​​leg​ ​sleeve​​ ​is​ ​great​ ​for​ ​rope​ ​climbing,​ ​and​ ​​knee​ ​sleeves​​ ​are​ ​good​ ​for​ ​knee protection​ ​and​ ​extra​ ​support​ ​when​ ​doing​ ​heavy​ ​squats​ ​or​ ​Olympic​ ​lifts,​ ​[plus]​ ​they​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​knees​ ​warm in​ ​between​ ​sets. 

Jump​ ​rope:​​ ​With​ ​a​ ​​jump​ ​rope​,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​practice​ ​double​ ​unders ​anywhere​ ​and​ ​it​ ​is​ ​always​ ​good​ ​to have​ ​your​ ​own​ ​rope​ ​when​ ​traveling​ ​to​ ​different​ ​gyms. 

Lacrosse​ ​balls:​ These​ ​​balls​​ ​are​ ​great​ ​for​ ​massaging​ ​injured​ ​or​ ​sore​ ​areas​ ​and​ ​for​ ​working​ ​on​ ​your mobility. 

Hydration:​​ ​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​add​ ​some​ ​Glutamine​ ​Select​ ​with​ ​BCAA​ ​​supplement​​ ​to​ ​my​ ​water​ ​for​ ​faster​ ​recovery during​ ​high-intensity​ ​workouts. 

Chalk​ ​bag:​​ ​Some​ ​gyms​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​​chalk​,​ ​so it​ ​is​ ​always​ ​good​ ​to​ ​have​ ​your​ ​own. 

Journal:​​ ​ You​ ​have​ ​to​ ​record​ ​everything​ ​or​ ​you​ ​can​ ​not​ ​see​ ​results.​ ​This​ ​​book​​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​item in​ ​my​ ​bag.​ ​Without​ ​it,​ ​my​ ​day​ ​is​ ​lost.​ ​Even​ ​though​ ​CrossFit​ ​is​ ​constantly​ ​varied,​ ​you​ ​still​ ​have​ ​to​ ​record your​ ​data​ ​to​ ​know​ ​whether​ ​or​ ​not​ ​your​ ​program​ ​is​ ​working. 

Danny​ ​Finn​ ​is​ ​an​ ​​RRCA-certified​ ​running​ ​coach​ ​and​ ​has​ ​been​ ​the​ ​head​ ​coach​ ​at​ ​​Fleet​ ​Feet​ ​Sports​,​ ​in Cincinnati,​ ​Ohio,​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​four​ ​years.​ ​He​ ​started​ ​running​ ​marathons​ ​in​ ​2004​ ​and​ ​since​ ​then​ ​has​ ​completed more​ ​than​ ​30​ ​full​ ​marathons,​ ​was​ ​a​ ​four-time​ ​Boston​ ​marathon​ ​qualifier​ ​and​ ​ran​ ​the​ ​Boston​ ​marathon​ ​for​ ​three 
consecutive​ ​years.​ ​His​ ​favorite​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​coaching​ ​runners​ ​is​ ​the​ ​look​ ​on​ ​the​ ​athletes'​ ​faces​ ​when​ ​they realized​ ​they've​ ​just​ ​run​ ​a​ ​marathon. 

Running​ ​watch:​ ​​A​ ​good​​ ​​running​ ​watch​ ​like​ ​the​ ​​Garmin​ ​Forerunner​ ​620​​ ​gets​ ​me​ ​through​ ​training​ ​runs. 

Shoes:​ ​​For​ ​workouts,​ ​I​ ​currently​ ​run​ ​in​ ​a​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​​Newton​ ​Kismet​​ ​shoes,​ ​but​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​loyal​ ​to​ ​any​ ​specific brand. 

Fuel:​ ​​To​ ​stay​ ​fueled​ ​while​ ​training,​ ​I​ ​carry​ ​​GU​ ​energy​ ​chews​​ ​or​ ​​Clif​ ​Bloks​

Hydration:​ ​​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​mix​ ​a​ ​nuun​ ​electrolyte​ ​​tablet​​ ​with​ ​water​ ​for​ ​hydration.  

Gear:​ ​​For​ ​a​ ​quick​ ​change​ ​after​ ​my​ ​workout,​ ​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​carry​ ​a​ ​dry​ ​​shirt​,​ ​​socks​​ ​and​ ​​shorts​

Snacks:​ ​​Recovery​ ​food​ ​usually​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​dry​ ​fruit​ ​or​ ​nuts​ ​and​ ​a​ ​shake​ ​with​ ​some​ ​​protein​ ​powder​.​​ ​​I​ ​use whatever’s​ ​on​ ​sale,​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​it's​ ​low​ ​in​ ​sugar. 

Morgan​ ​Grodesky​​ ​has​ ​has​ ​been​ ​coaching​ ​and​ ​teaching​ ​swim lessons​ ​since​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​12.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​been​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​coaching​ ​team​ ​for​ ​the​ ​​Chevington​ ​Woods​ ​Kingfish​​ ​and New​ ​Albany​ ​Aquatics​ ​Club​,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​the​ ​​New​ ​Albany​ ​Country​ ​Club​,​ ​​Columbus​ ​School​ ​for Girls​​ ​and​ ​​Unified​ ​Aquatics​ ​Club​​ ​programs. 

Sports​ ​swimsuit:​ ​​You​ ​never​ ​know​ ​when​ ​you​ ​might​ ​need​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​and​ ​physically​ ​help a​ ​swimmer​ ​with​ ​a​ ​movement.​ ​I​ ​prefer​ ​a​ ​​Nike​ ​bathing​ ​suit​.  

Extra​ ​goggles​ ​and​ ​swim​ ​caps:​​ ​In​ ​my​ ​decade​ ​as​ ​a​ ​swim​ ​coach,​ ​I’ve​ ​seen​ ​many​ ​goggles​ ​or caps​ ​break​ ​right​ ​before​ ​a​ ​meet​ ​or​ ​during​ ​practice,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​suggest​ ​the​ ​Speedo​ ​​women’s Vanquisher​

Sunscreen​ ​and​ ​SPF​ ​chapstick:​ ​​When​ ​competing​ ​and​ ​training​ ​outdoors,​ ​the​ ​sun​ ​can​ ​be​ ​harsh. It’s​ ​always​ ​good​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​your​ ​​skin​​ ​and​ ​​lips​,​ ​especially​ ​on​ ​meet​ ​days​ ​when​ ​we’re​ ​working​ ​for 12-plus​ ​hours. 

Sunglasses:​ ​​Sports​ ​sunglasses​​ ​are​ ​necessary​ ​for​ ​protection​ ​and​ ​help​ ​to​ ​eliminate​ ​glare​ ​from the​ ​water. 

Writing​ ​utensils:​​ ​Pens,​ ​pencils,​ ​highlighters​ ​and​ ​​permanent​ ​markers​​ ​are​ ​crucial​ ​for​ ​meets​ ​and practices. 

Clipboard​ ​and​ ​calendars:​ ​​We​ ​use​ ​​clipboards​​ ​during​ ​meets​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​handy​ ​to keep​ ​a​ ​printed​ ​copy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​calendar​ ​for​ ​reference.
A​ ​tempo​ ​trainer:​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​equipment​ ​that​ ​goes​ ​right​ ​in​ ​your​ ​swim​ ​cap.​ ​The​ ​​Finis Tempo​ ​Trainer​​ ​beeps​ ​to​ ​let​ ​the​ ​swimmer​ ​know​ ​when​ ​his​ ​or​ ​her​ ​hand​ ​should​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​water. 

Everyday​ ​swimming​ ​equipment:​ ​​This​ ​includes​ ​fins,​ ​pull​ ​buoys,​ ​snorkels,​ ​paddles,​ ​​kick boards​--all​ ​the​ ​equipment​ ​my​ ​swimmers​ ​use​ ​to​ ​emphasize​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​focus.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​​TYR fins​​ ​are​ ​great​ ​for​ ​practicing​ ​body​ ​position​ ​and​ ​undulation​ ​of​ ​underwater​ ​kicks,​ ​and​ ​snorkels​ ​help to​ ​eliminate​ ​side​ ​breathing​ ​while​ ​also​ ​controlling​ ​positioning,​ ​arm​ ​pulls​ ​and​ ​tempo.  

Smartphone​ ​with​ ​video​ ​capability:​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​useful​ ​for​ ​videotaping​ ​swimmers.​ ​I​ ​use​ ​the​ ​​Hudle Technique​ ​app​,​​ ​which​​ ​can​ ​pause​ ​or​ ​make​ ​a​ ​video​ ​clip​ ​into​ ​slow​ ​motion.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​use​ ​the​ ​phone​ ​to record​ ​my​ ​swimmers’​ ​times​ ​and​ ​splits​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​they​ ​are​ ​pushing​ ​themselves.​ ​Swimming​ ​is a​ ​sport​ ​that​ ​revolves​ ​around​ ​the​ ​clock,​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​relying​ ​on​ ​judges​ ​or​ ​referees.  


Andrea Metcalf is an alignment and posture expert, a Pilates pro and a dynamic SparkPeople.TV instructor. Her bag is filled with essentials that help her do her job and fit in workouts throughout the day. 

Clean outfit: I always carry a clean outfit! I love fun, colored pants to change things up a bit from my black tights, so a solid top is a must and an extra pair of socks and gym shoes, too. 

Water: One thing I can't do without is my water. I get so tired when I'm dehydrated so having water is key. I've recently switched to Eternal Water, an alkaline neutral water that is one of the cleanest tasting, pure and pristine ones I've tasted. 

Snacks: I have to have food with me, as my days are so busy that I tend to miss meals. Something with protein and something sweet is key for me. I rely on bars such as Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond bars for post workout because it has 15 grams of collagen protein to help rebuild my muscles. 

Skin cream: Lumixyl skin brightening creme is what I use for my skin after showering.
What​ ​sports​ ​essentials​ ​can​ ​you​ ​not​ ​do​ ​without​ ​in​ ​your​ ​own​ ​gym​ ​bag?  

We hope you love these products as much as we do! SparkPeople may collect a small percentage of revenue from the links on this page. 

Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints


ROBBIEY 3/21/2021
wristbands, headbands, water and towel Report
CHERYLHURT 3/17/2021
Great Report
CECELW 10/22/2020
to much excess for me/ Report
This probably helps to pay the bills, but it would just complicate my life. I pack extra socks, and hair bands, a moisturizer and water bottle. I taught fitness, showered twice a day, and carried one extra set if tights/,regulation singlet and my second pair of shoes. Different classes need different shoes, and that’s that. PS Labello is available in Quebec. Report
Some excellent tips Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
I viewed it as a guide for putting together my workout bag. I'm going to add toiletries, extra plastic bags, a first aid kit, a lock, chapstick, brush, ponytail holders, deodorant, granola bars to my work out bag. None of this will be the fancy stuff they are talking about but there were some good ideas there.

Thanks. Report
No Black Widow wrist wraps? They would have been great for my daughter's martial arts.

I am an ordinary person, so these items are not for me. Thank you for this article though. Report
Thanks! Report
Absolutely great Report
Thanks, great info! Report
More of a list to make people not exercise, cut all those nonessential items and brand names and go with the basics. Report
You all do need to realize that we need to have something fairly wordy to read to justify earning our Spark Points, don't you?

So.... I wanted to smack about half of these fitness pros in the face! Although all of them could undoubtedly beat me up. Anyway ... I think I need to fetch some of my organic locally-sourced wet naps, because I do believe all of this pretension has just caused me to projectile vomit into my new Marc Jacobs bag! Report
My bag looks similar to the crossfit instructor minus the chalk. I do think I have way more than I need most of the time but one never knows. Report
Good grief! No wonder I don't go somewhere to work out!! LOL! Report
I was surprised about the plug for Ubr water, and when I checked their website I see that Kristin is a brand ambassador. Report
I bring my gym stuff to work so I can go straight to the gym. What's in my bag?
Gym clothes, hair clip, sneakers. That's it. I keep the back brace/wrist supports I wear to lift in the back of the car so I always have them with me anyway.
Who needs all this other crap? You guys in cahoots with the "unnecessary fitness equipment" industry? Report
I really liked this article! Good suggestions! Report
What a crock....! I just completed a 33 mile backpack and didn't "Need" 90% of what is listed here.... Totally agree with other posters that this is simply a generator for Ads...like we need those to "Succeed". I hope Spark does a better job in the future screening their blog posts. Report
Health magazine is the worst for actual health and nutrition, it's full of ADS for all those brands of so called "must haves", and ultra expensive clothes and make up. Awful kissing up to brands of stuff not needed at all!! Blah, shameful. Report
European lip balm? Marc Jacobs bags? Supplements? Get real!!! This is not stuff you need to work out. Half of it isn't even realistic to the average person's budget. Most of us consider our gym membership a splurge in itself. Report
Thanks for reminding me why I'm glad I workout at home and never bother with the gym! Aside from the membership expense, what a hassle! I work out every day, and have a mat and three sets of dumbbells...I love to work out with Gilad, and have 60 shows saved on the DVR...many more to stream on his channel.. And all I need to walk is a good pair of shoes (currently Asics) and my dog and her leash! Lost 50 pounds 20 years ago and have kept those off and another 15... Report
headbands, wipes, water bottles, breathable shirts. Report