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Gym Bag Essentials + Giveaway!

January 25, 2016
what's in my gym bag gym gear

I have never had a real gym bag (on my to list of things to buy for 2016), so I’ve been using a cute little Lululemon bag that a friend gave me ages ago. Luckily, it is just about big enough to fit everything I need. For those new to the gym and working out, I wanted to show you all the top 5 things to always keep in your gym bag – these 5 items are always in my gym bag and because I love you guys and recently hit the 2 year anniversary of Honestly Fitness, I wanted to do a giveaway so that 1 lucky reader could win all of these items! Giveaway rules at the bottom of the post πŸ™‚

1. Bluetooth wireless headphones

meeaudio-bluetooth-headphones

Making the switch from earphones with wires to wireless bluetooth headphones was one of the best fitness decisions I have ever made. I honestly have no idea how I used to do workouts, such as Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, without these. I used to have to hold my phone while doing workouts, or tuck it into the pockets of my workout pants. I had tried using those straps where you put your phone or iPod into but I never liked them. They always came loose and I was perpetually paranoid that my phone would fall out of them!

These Meeaudio headphones have a cute little pouch that I keep them in so they don’t scratch against the other items in my gym bag. I really like this particular brand as the sound quality is great and they do the job. Much cheaper than Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and look just as good in my opinion. They are currently on sale from Amazon and are 50% off!

2. Anti-perspirant

what's in my gym bag dove dry spray antiperspirant

I always go to the gym really early before work (since before 6am, yuck) and because it’s so cold, I bring along my huge snow jacket. After I workout, my underarms are rather sweaty and gross, and so I use this dry spray antiperspirant from Dove. It’s cheap and really light-weight, which is handy considering how tiny my ‘gym bag’ is, and I like that it goes on dry as opposed to being all sticky.

If you’re the type of person who goes to the gym and showers there before heading to work, having an antiperspirant is even more of an essential item for your gym bag to keep you smelling lovely and staying dry all day.  

3. Jump Rope

what's in my gym bag blizzard jump rope from aerospace

I am obsessed with this jump rope and with jump rope in general! Ever since I discovered Michael Olajide Jr. (who is personal trainer to Adriana Lima and other VS models), I have been buying jump ropes from his company Aerospace. I’ve had both the rainmaker and the blizzard, the blizzard jump rope has weighted handles, and I love them both. I bought the blizzard jump rope after my trusty rainmaker jump rope of 2 years broke!

I like keeping a jump rope in my gym bag because you can use it as a quick warm up or to do HIIT cardio. It packs a killer HIIT cardio session and even just 10 minutes of jump rope gets me dripping in sweat. It’s a fantastic workout to help burn fat, target your lower and upper body and increase your endurance.

4. WOmen’s Gym Gloves

what's in my gym bag women's gym bag

I am a huge fan of weight-lifting (no, you will NOT bulk up ladies) and invested in some gym gloves early on to avoid getting calluses on my hand. Not only do they hand protect my hands when I am gripping heavy weights, I kind of just feel extremely bad ass as well! Whenever I finish my warm up and put on my gym gloves, it is time for business!

I haven’t experimented with a wide variety of brands that produce gym gloves but I really like these Harbinger ones – I’ve been using them for 3 years and they are still going strong! You can find similar ones by clicking here.

5. Closed Loop Resistance Band

what's in my gym bag resistance band

While all forms of resistance bands are awesome and allow you to get a great workout in, I personally like and have been using the closed loop resistance band a lot. I always keep it tucked into my gym bag in case there’s a day I feel like doing some extra and targeted butt exercises. I like to use a medium tension band but they come in easy and hard, so there are variations for all fitness levels.

I really like to do tube knees and band walking using the closed loop resistance band to activate my glutes before a leg workout. I found this cool workout from Vogue that incorporates those two moves!

gym bag essentials Giveaway Rules

To enter into the giveaway to win all 5 of these amazing gym bag essentials, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram (@honestlyfitness), like this photo and tag 2 friends. That’s it! So easy and you ca enter multiple times, but you need to tag an additional 2 friends in new comments. To get a bonus entry, simply leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my gym bag essential picks – PLEASE ADD YOUR INSTAGRAM NAME! I will check and make sure you entered there as that is your ‘official’ entry.

The winner will be chosen randomly next Monday – good luck my lovelies and thanks for your amazing support!

Honestly yours,
Alice

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In the spirit of transparency, this giveaway is being sponsored by Edelman.

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  • Gabrielle January 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Wow, i’d love to have those gloves and those resistance bands. One if my goals in fitness is to be able to do pull ups, but its so hard when palms get scratched @_@ A lot of fitness videos also use resistance bands, so it’ll definitely come in handy. Love this little fitness essentials bag!! To whoever wins: you’really lucky!! πŸ˜€

    @j0onahra3 on instagram πŸ˜‰

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Haha, I know what you mean, Gabrielle! The gloves have been a lifesaver in doing any heavy weights and especially heavy weights to build my back to do pull ups.

      Thanks for your comment and good luck πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Sarah Williams January 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I always forget my jump rope!! Lol gotta love Bluetooth headphones also. They are essential. Thanks so much! @swilliams2020

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      I used to all the time until I designated this random Lululemon bag as my gym bag! And totally agree; can’t workout with normal headphones anymore.
      Good luck πŸ™‚ xx

  • Rust January 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I think you’ve got the bases covered!

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Rust!
      What Instagram name did you enter with? These entries will not count otherwise.

  • Laura January 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Love the addition of the wireless headphones!

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Laura!

      What Instagram name did you enter with? These entries will not count otherwise.

  • Alex January 26, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Absolutely love your Instagram page and emails, thank you for assisting me with my own fitness and motivation! ☺️

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Aww thanks, Alex. That is so kind of you to say! What’s your Instagram name lovely? The Instagram entry is the official entry xx

  • Emma January 26, 2016 at 4:02 am

    All your items in your gym bag are so ideal! The only one out of those 5 I have is the deodorant because I definitely need it after a work out! I will definitely be investing into the other 4 in the near future to boost my workouts! πŸ™‚ thank you for all the insta posts and blog posts and for being so honest about everything fitness related. It’s wonderful knowing that you post from experience and that your feedback is so honest in order to give your followers the best advice! X

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Emma, thank you so much! If you win you will get the full essentials and an extra deodorant haha. Really appreciate your support and love that the blog has been useful for you. Hope to see you in Thailand one of these days!
      Alice xx

    • Alexandra January 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you for replying! ☺️ My Instagram name is alexxccy xx

  • Laetitia January 26, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Loving the weightlifting gloves! I’ve recently started getting into that myself – it’s my favorite part of working out πŸ™‚

    • Sara Schwab January 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      I love everything you are giving away I need this cause I’m exercise to try to lose weight

      • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        You can do it! What is your Instagram name?? That is how you get the official entry! xx

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      ‘Cos lifting weights will make you sexy hehe – good luck darling and sooooo happy you are going to the gym regularly now!

  • Iiris January 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    You have an amazing gym bag essentials, I would love to win those gloves- ’cause I also love weight lifting and don’t have any and also those headphones look perfect for my workouts!! πŸ™‚

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks girl, and smart of you to link to your Instagram name so I know who you are! I love weight lifting as well – what is your favorite exercise?
      Good luck and thank you again for entering xx

  • Victoria January 26, 2016 at 6:38 am

    love your pics for gym bag essentials though i personally would also have included some kind of cleansing wipe. I also don’t personally mind earbuds for when I’m running but a good seat of booth tooth ones would be nice for when I’m working out inside my house.

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks Victoria! Ah, I personally just wash myself with water haha – what can I say, I am a simple gal! If you win I think you’ll see why I love bluetooth headphones so much. Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Katie C. January 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Nice picks! I would’ve put some antibacterial wipes for equipment and cleansing wipes for the face! Also, snacks!!

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      My gym has them luckily, woo hoo! And I am old fashioned – happy with plain old water. Oh man, I would eat so much if I had snacks but I think that’s smart to have some good post-workout snacks.
      Good luck and thanks for entering. What is your Instagram name?? That is how you get the official entry! xx

  • Natalie January 26, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Oh my would love to win this would really help with me working out!!

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Good luck, Natalie! What is your Instagram name?? That is how you get the official entry! xx

  • Carla S January 27, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I especially love the jumprope and the gloves.

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Glad to know πŸ™‚ What is your Instagram name?? That is how you get the official entry! xx

  • Matilda January 27, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Love love love this gym bag. My favourite is definitely the gym gloves. I find that when I do lots of workouts that involves using my hands, I start to develop blisters. If this was my gym bag giveaway I would include a sweat towel or some small hand weights, as you shouldn’t be afraid of lifting. Congrats on 2 years, you have done an amazing job and I love reading your blogs ?

    • Honestly Fitness January 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Yay, thank you, Matilda! That was definitely my experience too. My hands would always get blistered and callused before I got gym gloves. They help a ton! My gym has everything I need which is why I don’t include weights – I totally agree that no one should be afraid of lifting!!
      I am sososo happy you love reading the blog. That makes me incredibly happy and thank you for your support πŸ™‚ xx
      P.S. What is your Instagram name?? That is how you get the official entry! xx

  • Heather M January 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    dove is my favorite deodorant – best ever!

    I’m tirofortunato on instagram πŸ™‚

    • Honestly Fitness February 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Right?? Thanks for entering πŸ™‚ xx

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More January 27, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Hard to pick, but I think the headphones are a must.

    @whinelessbreathemore

    • Honestly Fitness February 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Shay, I agree! Anyone who says they aren’t … well, they haven’t tried them yet πŸ˜› Thank you for entering xx

  • Matilda January 28, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Whoops, my Instagram name is @liv_and_till. Thank you

  • lindsey January 28, 2016 at 5:45 am

    These are some great picks! I also would add a Shower Pill to my gym bag for quick post workout cleanup πŸ™‚ My insta : livinglovingrunner

  • Caly January 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Love, love, love your gym bag essentials Alice! Not only is it a great, awesome giveaway but it’s a great gym bag starter kit/motivator for people who are still achieving their health and fitness goals! I’m new to your website and have been loving all your articles so far. Thanks so much!
    Instagram name : cschrades21

    • Honestly Fitness February 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Aww, thank you, Caly! I really appreciate you saying that and I am so happy you decided to participate in my giveaway πŸ™‚ And that you are loving the articles!! If there is anything you ever want me to write about or want to know more about, please let me know πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Crista Cuccaro January 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I’m super interested in those headphones! Do you feel like they get sweaty? That would be my worry! (My IG name is @cmcuccaro) Thanks!

    • Honestly Fitness February 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Crista, surprisingly they don’t get too sweaty! But you do need to clean them afterwards for sure to soak up any of the sweat on them. But yeah, it isn’t bad at all!
      Thanks for entering xx

  • Vanessa January 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Great essentials!!! I need those gloves πŸ™‚ my hands are too delicate hahahah.

    Xoxo,
    Vanessa aka @vanxfit

    • Honestly Fitness February 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Hahaha same here, Vanessa! Thanks for entering love xxx

  • Kristen January 31, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Deodorant!

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