What’s the No. 1 deterrent for you hitting the gym more often? The crowds around the treadmills, sure. The thumping music blaring that seems better suited to a nightclub than a fitness club – ouch. For me, it’s rounding up all my gear. My towel, tennis shoes, water bottle and earbuds seem to be magnetically resistant to each other, forcing me to scavenge the homestead for my gear. But I’ve recently discovered the solution: a good gym bag. (Now if I could only do something about that dreadful music). Here are four gym bags we recommend to make your daily workouts a little more stress-free.
Under Armour Undeniable Gym Bag
This extra large bag from Under Armor is big enough to handle your gym gear or any of your sports accessories. It’s water resistant and has a padded, adjustable shoulder strap for comfort while carrying it. A large vented pocket is perfect for laundry or shoes.
Nike Brasilia Small Duffel
If you’re looking to stand apart from the sea of generic black gym bags at the fitness center, consider this model. There’s room inside for a swimsuit and floats. There are pockets for cellphones, keys, wallets and more. The inside is made of water-resistant nylon fabric. Plus, it’s the perfect size to use as a carryon for air travel.
Adidas Unisex Festival Crossbody Bag
Now this bag really caught my eye. When I hit the gym, I’m usually only lugging along some car keys and a wallet – my iPhone and water bottle come along with me to the elliptical machine – so this would be the perfect accessory. Sometimes the simplest solution is also the right one.
Venture Pal Gym Bag
Seriously, if you can’t fit all your gear into this gym bag from Venture, you need an intervention. Aside from the main compartment and shoe compartment, eight other separate pockets await your gear. There’s even room for a 32-ounce water bottle and a protein shaker. It’s also super light, weighing only 1.1 pounds.