Friday Five: Essentials In My Gym Bag

Friday Five: Essentials In My Gym Bag

Happy almost weekend, y’all! I decided to link up with Mar, Courtney, & Cynthia for a Friday Five this week 🙂 Today’s theme is “5 Favorite Summer Foods & Drinks” but I already posted about this last summer and nothing has changed since then… besides the fact that I might love ice water even more (if that’s possible!) -> read my 5 Favorite Summer Drinks post here. So, instead of posting about today’s topic, I’m following Mar’s lead and sharing 5 Essentials In My Gym Bag!


Water -> This is pretty obvious which is why it’s #1 on the list! Whether I’m heading to the gym or out the door for a run, I always have water with me (unless it’s under 6 miles outside). If I’m on the treadmill, you bet I’ll have a water bottle with me even if it’s only for 1 mile! I bring my camelback with me for anything over 6 miles. Hydration is key to my success!

Protein Powder/Shaker -> Refueling within 30 minutes after a workout is so important. I always have some protein powder, whether it’s a single-serving pack or scoops into a small container, in my gym bag. I even bring a little lunch box with an ice-pack for my shaker because I like to use almond or cashew milk for my shakes, not water.

Headphones/iPhone Armband -> I can’t don’t like to run without headphones. Part of the reason I enjoy running so much is I love to get lost in the music while I run. Sometimes I’ll go for a ‘naked’ run, but 99% of the time I have my headphones in. Same goes for strength training—I need my music!

Sweat Towels -> I sweat like a maniac.. no shame in my game! I don’t mind it when I’m running outside, however, when I’m at the gym I always have a sweat towel to wipe myself. I can’t stand dripping sweat at the gym for some reason.

Believe Training Journal -> I love completing a workout & writing it down in my believe journal.. it makes me feel so accomplished. This book is filled with knowledge and insight from Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan-Dumas’ own personal experiences as runners, and is built to inspire, build confidence, educate, and help athletes prepare and challenge themselves. This is my second believe journal, I love it so much!

BONUS! Everything Else -> Sneakers (duh), my workout folder, yoga mat, a lock, glide (life savior), fuel for during a run/workout, and a fresh shirt & headband.


bag | waterbottle | headphones | sneakers | yoga mat | journal | towels

I’m obsessed with my gym bag. It’s big enough to fit everything in the above picture plus a full change of clothes/shower stuff if I’m showering at the gym, has so many pockets (laptop, water, snacks, keys, dirty clothes), has a built in yoga mat strap, comes with a shoe bag, and is super cute. If you’re in the market for a new bag, check this one out!


As always, thanks to Mar, Courtney, & Cynthia for hosting!

I’m so glad that it’s the weekend. My boyfriend is gone for a softball tournament so it’s just me & Bruin 🙂 I’m looking forward to straight relaxing -> I’ve been feeling sick since last week (hello sinus infection), and with rain in the forecast for the entire weekend, I definitely won’t feel guilty being a hermit. I’ve got such a long to-do list that I’m excited to focus on it and not feel bad that it’s nice out & I’m inside!

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend <3


What are the essentials in your gym bag?

Who’s got a long run this weekend & how far?




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4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Essentials In My Gym Bag”

  • Hi, just came across your blog.
    very cute post! I love lululemon gym bags too. I forgot what mine was called but I love it!
    I always have my shower sheets (the smell good sheets that you can use to wipe off and clean your body if you can’t just jump in the shower…i hate driving when i’m stinking bad from sweat), deodorant, cherry blossom lotion from loccitane, mini towels, change of clothes, flip flops (slippers as they call in HI), and water and snacks!

    • We have very similar gym bags!! I will have to look into shower sheets, sounds like something that would be very handy to me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I love that your bag holds a mat. That’s a good feature.

    I actually don’t own a gym bag. I just have my water bottle, towel, and headphones to plug into the cardio machines (I don’t listen to music when I lift since I usually do bodypump class to take care of that). Back when I worked and went to the gym after work, I had a gym bag stocked with essentials!

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