Our new year fitness resolutions: Never lose our headphones and never smell like we just went to the gym. This can be made possible by the contents of your carrier. Think of your gym bag as a portable shower/wardrobe/AV shelf — you’ll need all of these to crush your workout and feel fresh after your sesh. Here’s our armory of gym bag essentials we use to make that happen.
Aer Gym Duffel 2 – $170
This bag has a compartment for everything, including a shoes, clean clothes, water bottles, and laptops, as well as an organization pocket for protein bars, energy gels, pre-workout powders, and headphones. When everything has its place, it keeps you clean and on the move. The polyester exterior also has a water-resistant coating so, by all means, get it sweaty. You can also take your pick from our roundup of the best gym bags.
Olivers Apparel All Over Short with Liner – $88
Good for running? Check. CrossFit? Check. Yoga? Check. A weekend stroll? Check. (See where we’re going, here?) The boutique men’s fitness apparel brand Olivers has succeeded in sewing the ultimate gym short with four-way stretch, water-repellent fabric, and a Goldilocks-length 7.5-inch inseam. They’re so confident, they include a 365-day repair and replace guarantee, so just try to wear these out. We dare you. This pair is just one of many that we included in our roundup of the best damn gym shorts.
Under Armour UA Swyft – $40
When it comes to performance tees, you really can’t beat Under Armour. After all, the brand’s initial claim to fame (before it sealed contracts with Steph Curry, Michael Phelps, The Rock, and Bryce Harper) was in athletic undershirts. And they continue to win in that department with the new UA Swyft. Offered only in black and grey, the US Microthread fabric dries faster without clinging to you while knit mesh sides and back panels are strategic for ventilation.
Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 – $120
The power in these kicks come from the sole (or really, your sole), which is completely flexible, mimicking the movement of your foot by expanding and contracting with every landing and push-off. Unlike athletic shoes with tons of padding, the minimalist nature of the Free RN activates your feet so they strengthen as you work. You may feel off-balance with the sock-like Flyknit material, but that means you were slacking in the first place.
Goodwipes 10-Pack Singles – $9
Your 2018 workout mantra should be lift more, shower less. The micro-moments you waste showering after a workout before getting back to the office could be spent on another set. Skip the shower and jet back to the office nice and filthy. On your commute, tear out one of these extra-large wipes, scrub up, and feel (and smell) fresh. The cedar scent is manly, but not too in-your-face, and the pads are made with tea tree oil, peppermint, and ginseng. Free from parabens and alcohol, the wipes won’ dry your skin and hey’re 100-percent biodegradable and hypoallergenic.
Spongelle Men’s Super Buffer – $14
Conveniently travel-sized, this all-in-one loofah condenses three functions (scrub, cleanse, and hydrator) into the body of one scrubber. For those workouts when you need to shower off — and those gym bathrooms so luxurious you want to shower in — bring this bad boy. It’s the Swiss Army Knife of post-exercise cleaning. The scent: an invigorating wake-up blend of apple, pineapple, and rum, with notes of clove, sage, pepper, sandalwood, spice, and vanilla. You can get at least 12 washes out of it before you need to replenish.
The Roosevelts Beard Co. Denali Solid Cologne – $15
You just crushed your personal record and are feeling the pump (maybe going straight from the gym to a date), so keep that vibe going with a post-gym cologne that captures the manliness of the tundra. Far more portable and mess-free than traditional colognes, this balm made of jojoba oil and beeswax should be applied to the pulse points, even through your beard, for a quick makeover after the gym.
Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo – $7
You don’t want to spend a fortune on grooming products if you just splurged on a ritzy gym membership. Spend seven bucks on this drugstore-brand dry shampoo. There’s no need to over-complicate this step in post-sweat grooming. Instead of a wet shower, blow dry your sweaty locks and finish by spraying this into your roots. The powder absorbs excess oil, eliminates odor, and give you that just-washed volume pomp.
Garmin Vivomove HR – $200-300
Real athletes know, if you want a hardcore, workout-specific tracker, you gotta go Garmin. Lucky for us recreational athletes, Garmin has also come out with sleek new “athleisure” models that blend the fashion of a timepiece with the capabilities of an activity tracker. Their Vivomove HR is the pinnacle of this hybridization, with precision watch hands and a discreet display screen at the bottom, tracking not only heart rate and steps, but all-day stress levels, relaxation timing, VO2 max and fitness age, calories, and intensity minutes. This way you’ll be capturing data instead of mirror selfies. (Please leave your phone in your locker.)
Jaybird Run True Wireless Headphones – $180
These sweat-proof wireless headphones have come highly recommended by the AV masters at our brother site, Digital Trends (which is like James Bond recommending a martini). Jaybird’s street cred also comes complete with an endorsement from professional ultrarunner Timothy Olson.
Feature image courtesy of Aer.