I love going to the gym and getting stuck into a good workout. There are a few things I ensure I always have with me when I am at the gym.
1: The bag itself.
While many people use a bag designed for this very purpose, I chose to use a free drawstring bag that I got on holiday a couple of years ago. I got this bag while on holiday skiing a couple of years ago. It does its job and that’s all I can ask for.
2: Wireless earphones.
For a long time I used a normal pair of wired earphones and, although these did the job, I spent most of my warm-up time trying to untangle the cord. I now use a pair of Bluetooth earphones. I love listening to music or podcasts while working out, so a good pair of earphones is essential.
There isn’t a huge amount to say about this. I use a small towel to wipe down the equipment after I have used it. Nobody wants to use exercise equipment that is covered in someone else’s sweat.
4: Training shoes.
I actually have a few different pairs of trainers that I take to the gym depending on what sort of exercises I am going to be doing. I will use different shoes if doing cardio work compared to when I am doing strength work.
5: Spare t-shirt
It’s always nice to put a fresh shirt on after working out. Even though I tend to shower at home after the gym, not at the gym itself. I still feel a bit fresher with a clean shirt on while making my way home.
6: Refillable drinks bottle.
Keeping hydrated is obviously very important always, but even more so while exercising. I don’t really like using the water fountains provided at the gym, so use my own bottle that I can refill while there if necessary.
This is useful for a quick refresh after a workout. It is only good for making me feel a little less sticky for the half an hour or so between finishing my workout and hitting the shower.