Ever rushed to the gym for a pre-work session only to discover you’ve forgotten to bring a fresh pair of knickers and will also have to go to work braless with your hair looking like you’ve been caught in a torrential downpour? Fortunately, most gyms will be able to rent you a towel and have hair dryers in the changing rooms, but forget your underwear and you’re going to either have to do a last minute dash to the shops or shoot home. That’s why we recommend having a dedicated gym bag with double ups of all your exercise essentials and packing your bag the night before.
Refillable water bottle
Yes, it seems like stating the obvious, but how many mornings have you rocked up for a work out to realise, your water bottle is sitting on the bench at home. Most gyms provide filtered water fountains, but just in case they don’t, we really love the Britta Fill and Go Bottle. It is a good size and has amazing microdisc technology that filters out chlorine and other nasties from the water.
Clean underwear (including a spare bra)
There’s something unsettling about having to go commando to work. After a hard work out, there’s nothing worse than sweat-soaked undergarments. Opt for a sports bra with wicking technology or Under Armour Women’s Sheer Hipster Briefs, which feature anti-microbial fabric to protect against odour causing bacteria.
You know how much you hate working out on weight machines or cardio equipment when they’re covered in someone else’s sweat, so treat others how you’d like to be treated. It takes two seconds to wipe down a machine with a hand towel after exercising. They’re also a must for group fitness classes, where you need to lie on mats or wipe sweat from your eyes.
Music & headphones
Unless you want to listen to the techno doof doof music, your own sweet workout playlist will keep you motivated. The top gym treadmills are state-of-the-art allowing you to plug headphones in and watch a variety of TV channels including sport.
Perfect if you have a lunchtime workout and time is limited, instead of shampooing and blow-drying your hair; a quick dry shampoo is all that’s need.
There’s no excuse for skunking your workmates with your post-work out body odour. Always carry deodorant with you. Even if you don’t have time for a shower, you can use body wipes for your armpits and follow up with deodorant.
Trigger point massage ball
The ball is perfect for applying pressure using the floor, wall or other hard surfaces to stabilise the movement before rolling it in a cross friction type massage. Target those sore muscle aches with relative ease. It’s also great for massaging the bottom of your feet.