What’s in your gym bag? There are a few staples everyone needs, but all guys are different. Some have plenty of time to shower, shave, and primp before heading back out into the mean streets. Others prefer to (or need to) get in and get out. No matter what kind of gym guy you are, we found 13 essentials every gym bag needs this spring.
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From great gym gear to help crush your workouts while you’re in the trenches, to fine grooming products to help you look your best after the workout is done, there’s something for everyone on this list.
We do swear by any of Rhone’s training gear, though. Its Reign t-shirt is one of our favorites. We recently came across California gym apparel manufacturer Born Tough, whose cargo gym shorts have become a staple. Plus, one of our very favorite recent discoveries is Gainful’s custom-crafted protein powder. We’ll put a scoop of that stuff in the bottom of our HydroFlask, and toss it in our bag. After our session, we just fill it up with water and pound it right away, to get those electrolytes working for us ASAP.
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We didn’t include shoes on this list, but if you want to check out our favorite gym shoes for lifting and training, or the best gym shoes for guys with wide feet, we’ve got you covered.
Ready to work? Hit the gym with our list of 13 Best Gym Bag Essentials.
Rhone Reign Short Sleeve Training Shirt
It’s got comfort, performance, and it’s soft like your favorite t-shirt. But the Reign performs like it’s ready to crush. It’s no surprise to us that Rhone is one of the hottest brands around. Available in six distinct shades.
Get It: Pick up the Reign Short Sleeve Training Shirt ($64) at Rhone
Born Tough Cargo Gym Shorts
One of our favorite new gym apparel companies makes one of our favorite new workout shorts. Comfy, roomy, plenty of storage, and tech-savvy. Order by April 10, and get 30 percent off.
Get It: Pick up Cargo Gym Shorts ($39) at Born Tough
adidas 3-Pack No-Show Socks
You gotta have socks! This handy three-pack will ensure you’ve got a fresh dry pair every time. And black or white will go with anything no matter if you need them during or after your workout. Knit from a moisture-wicking blend for an ideal fit.
Get It: Pick up a 3-Pack of adidas No-Show Socks ($15) at Nordstrom
Jabra Elite Active 65t Sports Earbuds
Always near the top of our list of our favorite wireless workout headphones, Jabra Elite Actives 65t’s are awesome not because they’re wireless, or because they crank killer sound, or because they’re water- and sweat-proof. No, they’re awesome because they do all those things so well.
Get It: Jabra Elite Active 65t Sports Earbuds (starting at $170) at Amazon
Hydroflask Flex Cap Wide Mouth
The wide mouth cap means the HydroFlask is perfect for carrying a scoop of protein powder. Just add water after your workout, and you’re ready to recover. Many sizes and colors are available.
Get It: Pick up the HydroFlask Wide Mouth (starting at $30) at Amazon
Gainful Personalized Protein Powder
Fill out a short quiz about your body and lifestyle, and Gainful will whip up a personalized protein blend just for you. Best of all, it’s no more expensive than other protein powders.
Get It: Let Gainful mix your perfect protein blend (about $1.60 per serving) today
Microfiber Sports Gym Towel
This microfiber fitness sweat towel is good for up to 500 washes. At 16″ x 31″, it’s lightweight and compact—so it won’t take much space in your bag. Fast-drying, with excellent absorption, it scores a perfect five-star rating on Amazon.
Get It: Pick up a three-pack of Microfiber Sports Gym Towels ($15 for 3) at Amazon
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
Infused with the Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic, these individually wrapped face wipes make a refreshing post-gym quick clean-up if you don’t have time to hit the shower, removing excess oil and impurities without messing up your pH level or stripping moisture.
Get It: Get Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes ($24 for 20) at Dermstore
Jack Black All-Over Wash
A multitasking one-step face, body, and hair wash to get you out of the shower and back on the street. Panthenol and wheat protein replenish and lock in vital moisture, while botanical oils provide a healthy look and comfortable, clean feel. Won’t dry out your hair or skin.
Get It: Pick up Jack Black All-Over Wash ($48) at Dermstore
Baxter of California Deodorant
Infused with a nourishing blend of fresh citrus and herbal musk, Baxter of California Deodorant keeps us smelling and feeling fresh and clean for hours after the gym. Ideal for those with sensitive skin becasue it’s formulated without aluminum or alcohol.
Get It: Pick up Baxter of California Deodorant ($20) at Dermstore
Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide
Designed specifically for men, the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide uses FlexBall technology to respond to contours and five blades to get every whisker wtihout lift and pull. The Precision Trimmer on the back is great for hard-to-reach areas such as under the nose and sideburns.
Get It: Pick up the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide ($12) at Walmart
Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion
Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion is a light face lotion infused with protective antioxidants and UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreens. The hydrating formula keeps skin moisturized all day long, helping improve the signs of aging and smoothing skin texture.
Get It: Pick up Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion ($52, 3.4 fl. oz.) at Dermstore
The Well Groomed Guy Dry Shampoo
No time for that post-workout shower? Get yourself a dry shampoo. It absorbs excess oil. Just sprinkle it in, comb or brush it out, and you’re left with clean, manageable hair.
Get It: Pick up Well Groomed Guy Dry Shampoo ($16) at Amazon
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