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Fitness Basics: What to Bring On Your First Day at the Gym

Fitness Basics: What to Bring On Your First Day at the Gym

You might be a little confused as to what people actually bring to the gym thanks to all the ‘What’s In My Gym Bag’ videos you’ve watched the night before. But it’s your first time and you don’t really need to bring too many things, just the obvious ones.

The first few months are part of your adjustment period, meaning you’re still finding out what workouts you enjoy and what modifications are fit for you. You and your trainer are still understanding your own strength and weaknesses, how your body reacts to more or fewer reps, longer or shorter cardio intervals.

What you bring to the gym is a response to what you need. People might bring yoga mats to the gym but you might not really need a yoga mat yourself. It’s all about finding out how your personal fitness lifestyle works first and building from that.

But cleansing wipes – that’s what everyone needs.

It’s time for another round of Fitness Basics and today we’re going to list down for you the things you must have in your gym bag (other than activewear, shoes, and a lock) before you take off and start a new lifestyle.

Before you go, don’t forget to bring your class cards, IDs, or key fobs!

Wireless Earbuds or Headphones

The gym gets boring. Everyone’s doing their own stuff and if you don’t have a friend with you, your stuck with just your thoughts and 20 more reps to go. There’s really nothing like a good playlist to keep that rhythm going or to distract you from the impending doom in the form of 30 more reps.

Good wired earbuds or headphones are great but wireless is certainly the way to go. It’s the convenience and comfortability of being able to move around without worrying about being stuck to your phone or getting the wire tangled on the machines. You’re also reducing the risk of accidents!

A good wireless pair of earbuds or headphones doesn’t have to be expensive. These ones from Anker cost less than $30 and are a fave among fitness enthusiasts.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless Earbuds | Anker

Cleansing Wipes

Everyone should have cleansing wipes in their gym bags. Everyone.

A gym is a great place for fitness but a filthy place for hygiene. You won’t see me stepping on that treadmill or elliptical without wiping the handle and controls first because sometimes people step off leaving sweat stains everywhere. Your solution?

Always bring a pack of cleansing wipes or a bottle of good cleaning spray with you before leaving for the gym. You’ll find yourself reaching for one after a workout to lightly cleanse your face too.


Water Bottle

Stay hydrated, kids! Make sure to replenish after every workout. You sweat a lot so it just makes sense to keep the body hydrated throughout your time at the gym. While you’re at it, it’s best to get a bigger water bottle too, maybe a 32 oz. so you won’t have to keep going back and forth the water dispenser.

This one’s not a necessity but something to keep in mind – a thin water bottle is a good option too since wider bottles don’t fit in some of the machine’s cup holders!

32 oz Wide Mouth w/ Straw Lid | Hydroflask


Towels are multifunctional. They’ll wipe off your sweat, serve as knee padding, and even act as an exercise mat if you need one. Just don’t use the same one for all of those things at one time.

I tend to forget my towel all the time so I always keep an emergency one in my gym bag!

Try a microfiber towel since they’re lighter and thinner and won’t take up that much space in your bag.


Emergency Pouch

In your gym bag, keep a pouch containing emergency accessories like socks, hair ties, and maybe even apparel. When gymming becomes routinary, you will tend to forget things to bring with you and this can discourage you from proceeding with today’s workout. Just imagine having to deal with cardio day and you forget your socks, towel, and hair ties at home!

Some carry a whole pack of hair ties and hairpins in their bags so there’s always one ready.

Forever 21 via Pinterest

Canvas Bags or Pouches

If your gym bag doesn’t have a dedicated shoe or clothes pocket or if you’re just using a regular bag, reusable canvas bags or pouches will store your dirty and sweaty clothes for you until you get home.

Since we’re in the business of reducing our plastic waste, instead of using reusable plastic bags, try canvas. You can get them from almost anywhere nowadays!

Happy Tote Bag | The Happy Project

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Abby graduated with a Communication degree focusing on film and sound production. She's often seen taking photos of food and places whether it's with her phone or a simple camera, and has an affinity for pink and earth tones. Clothed with a passionate soul, she writes about anything she can overshare about.

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