5 Things I Keep in My Gym Bag #WhyISwitched #DeoSwitch
“This post is sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. All views expressed are that of our own.”
Like a woman with her purse, I would be lost without my gym bag. I train at the gym five days per week. I train for strength and size. Depending on the muscle group I’m training that day, I might need different equipment. I’ll swap out certain items depending on my training for the day, but there are some things I ALWAYS keep in my gym bag so they’re at my fingertips whenever I need them.
Below are 5 key items I keep in my gym bag at all times:
Water – There’s probably nothing more important than keeping hydrated during high intensity exercise like bodybuilding or power lifting. Having a bottle of water on-hand at all times is a must for me.
Lifting Belt – Keeping your abdominal muscles supported during powerlifting is an important factor in keeping good form and avoiding injury. A lifting belt gives you a solid surface to brace your abdominal muscles against to keep your core solid and straight during compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, and overhead lift. I use my lifting belt almost every training day, so I keep it in my gym bag at all times.
Barbell Locking Collars – You can’t count on the gym to have enough barbell locking collars available for everyone to use. If your gym does, then congratulations to you! For me, and probably most gym goers, owning your own locking collars is a worthy investment. I keep mine in my gym bag so they’re always there when I need them. They are a must (in my opinion) for barbell squats, deadlifts, and overhead press exercises.
Chalk – For number 4, I was torn between chalk and lifting straps. I decided to list chalk because it’s more beneficial to overall strength building than lifting straps. If you don’t use chalk when performing heavy lifts on free-weights, you’re probably dropping the weight before you really have to because you’re losing grip. Chalk keeps your palms dry and keeps the bar in-place without slippage allowing you to perform lifts to absolute muscle failure instead of tired hands. Lifting straps are great too, but I only use them during heavy deadlifts. Other than that, I like to rely on (and build) my grip strength. Chalk is an everyday item I keep in my gym bag, lifting straps are a 1-2 times per week item.
Deodorant– Ok, so have you ever smelled some people at the gym who are definitely lacking this in their gym bags? That is enough to give me motivation to bring two sticks of deodorant. For the past 2 years, I have been using the Tom’s of Maine brand and have tried almost all of their deodorant and HBC products. Some work better on me than others, but it feels good to know that I am using a brand that is eco-friendly, and more natural in formulation.
Right now I am using the Long Lasting Tea Tree variety and like it because it is keeping me fresh. While it doesn’t prevent under arm sweat, I don’t mind because it is a natural bodily function and means I am working hard at the right place. As long as I do not smell, I am good with that!
You can find Tom’s of Maine deodorant at your local mass retailer in:
- Long Lasting Unscented
- Long Lasting Lavender
- Long Lasting Powder
- Long Lasting Tea Tree
- Long Lasting Apricot
- Long Lasting Lemongrass
If you are looking for a more natural deodorant, there are plenty of scents to meet your preference. After all, you do want to stay fresh at the gym.
Now that you know what is in my gym bag, what do you keep in your’s?