10 Gym Bag Essentials for the Fitness Fan

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(SPOT.ph) You want to lift weights at the gym—not on your way there. Lighten your load with a well-edited bag that contains only the essentials. From accessories that let you train harder to personal care products that’ll make you feel pampered post-sweat sesh, here’s your cheat sheet on what to stash in that cute and functional tote.



Insulated Bottle (P1,850) from Klean Kanteen

Bringing a water bottle to the gym should be a no-brainer, but in case you need more reasons to consider this a must-have, read on. A reusable bottle makes staying hydrated a cinch; it’s more hygienic than the communal water fountain; and it’s the eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles. This one can even keep your beverage ice-cold for up to 24 hours!


Available at Certified Calm, Rustan’s, R.O.X., and True Value




Adidas 3-Stripes Racer-Back Sports Bra (P1,995)

Ladies, invest in a good sports bra. It’ll keep you from worrying about excessive bounce—and unwanted stares or a sagging twin set. Pick one that fits properly, and matches your activity (light impact support for yoga and Pilates, high for running and Zumba). This one from Adidas offers both support and comfort—thanks to its size-specific straps, elastic underband, adjustable side closures, and breathable material.


Click here for a list of Adidas branches


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Saucony Kinvara 6 (P4,995)

Whether you’re pounding the pavement or sweating it out on the treadmill, a good running shoe is your most vital piece of workout gear. Scoring your first pair? It’s best to go to a specialty store where your gait can be analyzed and your feet properly sized, so you can pick your best match. The Kinvara 6 from Saucony, for example, has been voted as one of the most reliable running shoes by editors and experts. It’s lightweight, reliable, and responsive. Plus, you can wear them for both outdoor training and indoor gym sessions.



Available at Saucony stores and leading department stores



Half-Toe Bella Grip Socks (P875) from ToeSox

For studio classes that require you to go barefoot or to wear socks—think Pilates, yoga, and barre—protective foot gear is important. Check out the selection from ToeSox. Made with organic cotton and featuring a patented non-slip technology, these five-toe grip socks allow you to move and spread your toes naturally, and keep you from sliding as you come in and out of challenging poses.


Available at Certified Calm




Slide Proof Elastics (P389.75/pack of 10) from Goody

Nothing’s more distracting than having to re-tie your ponytail in the middle of a gruelling class. The solution: Use elastics that stay in place. These ones from Goody offer a comfortable fit and secure hold—they won’t tug on your hair or budge from place no matter how much you move, allowing you to focus on your workout.


Available at leading department stores


Inspire 200 Earphones (P1,800) from Yurbuds

You know the deal: You put on earphones to blast music from your phone. This keeps you pumped up and in the zone. The only problem?  Your earphones keep falling out with every move you make. Time to switch to Yurbuds Inspire 200—they’re sweat- and tangle-proof, and designed to fit perfectly in your ear.


Available at Zalora




All-Purpose Sanitizer (P120) from Mustard Seed Manila 

Gym etiquette 101: After using a machine, make sure to wipe off the sweat you may have left on it with a towel. For extra measure, use this all-natural spray to keep equipment clean and smelling fresh. Plus, it doubles as a disinfectant and deodorizer for sweaty clothes and used shoes. Spray it into your gym gear before packing.


Available at Mustard Seed Manila



Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (P235)

Remove all traces of makeup before your workout—you wouldn’t want to end up with a full face of gunk melting mid-cardio class, right? Then post sweat sesh, give your face a good swipe to prevent breakouts. These fragrance-free, opthalmologist-tested makeup remover wipes from Cetaphil make that task super easy. Plus, they can multitask as body wipes to help you freshen up on the fly.


Available at Watsons, South Star Drug, and Mercury Drug stores




Pure Grace Shampoo, Bath, and Shower Gel (P1,495) from Philosophy

Standing in a queue for the showers can get annoying. Do your share and don’t hold up the line. Get out of the shower faster by using a body wash that doubles as shampoo. Try this classic favorite from Philosophy. It’s effective, won’t dry skin out, and leaves a subtle, fresh scent.


Click here for a list of Philosophy branches




Go Clean Gym Gear (P1,290)

A great gym bag should be compact enough to fit in the locker, yet roomy enough for all your essentials. Maximize space in that carryall by putting your stuff in organizers. Check out Go Clean Gym Gear, a handy drawstring bag for your sweaty clothes, which keeps moisture and odor from spreading throughout your bag. It also has interior shoe compartments, perfect for your sneakers.


Available at Flight 001


Photos courtesy of the brands and taken from their official websites and Facebook pages 

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