The New Year is upon us and with it comes those resolutions. The #1 on most everyone’s list? Being more healthy. Maybe you’re finally making that first step towards fitness, or maybe you’re already a work out wonder woman, but looking to kick things up a notch. The gym clothes may make the woman, but it’s the bag that gets you there.
Here are our top picks, pooled from readers, that really work with your work out:
OUR CHOICE: SwissGear, 26″ Duffel Bag $39.97
WHY: With lots of pockets smartly placed, we love the SwissGear Duffel for when we hit the treadmill. The base is water resistant and antimicrobial (so odor problems are kept in check). But our fav about this bag are the 2 roomy, self-contained, side zip pockets that can hold your shoes and wet clothes separately from the rest of your clothes (up to women’s size 9). It also has an external mesh water bottle holder, an easy access zip front pocket large enough for quick-needed items and a crisscross bungee cord on top for holding your used towel.
OUR CHOICE: Alo Yoga, Warrior Mat Bag $108
WHY: This duffel style bag is perfect when you need to squeeze in a yoga class before, during or after work. Not only does the main pocket hold your mat, there are three additional exterior pockets and one interior zip pocket. That means you can stash your valuables inside, and carry a bonus towel, hair accessories and water bottle to keep you fresh from Bikram to Yin.
OUR CHOICE: Everlane, Water-resistant Twill Weekender $98
WHY: As a Spinner, you’re gym accessories list is few. You can carry off a streamlined bag in chic style. This 100% water-resistant bag from Everlane is so popular it’s selling out fast. Super roomy inside for your clothes, along with an interior pouch for cell, keys, etc. There’s also an exterior slip pocket to hold your water bottle and bonus, this bag has metal feet to keep it off the sweat-filled floor.
OUR CHOICE: adidas, Amplifier II Sport Duffel Bag $52
WHY: Lifting carries with it a lot of accessories – belts, wrist wraps, gloves, athletic tape. Some folks even carry their own chalk (rather than deal with whatever stuff the gym may/may not provide). All those little items need an organized bag with easy-to-get-to pockets. The adidas Amplifier II is a great bag for this. In addition to the usual extra compartment for shoes & dirty clothes, there are several interior pockets that can be accessed directly from the front and mesh pockets on the side carry items that need to breathe. We’re partial to the slate gray, but it also comes in Black.
OUR CHOICE: Speedo, Teamster 2.0 Swim Bag $69.99
WHY: The Speedo Teamster bag has been touted as “the way serious swimmers recognize each other out of the water”. This year, Speedo upgraded this iconic bag with the Teamster 2.0. It has all the bells and whistles of the original Teamster, i.e. bottom is water resistant, inside houses several water proof pockets for your cell, bottle and a waterproof dirty bag that will keep your wet suit away from your clean garments. In addition to all that, the Teamster 2.0 has a exterior water bottle pocket, customizable top flap and a hidden ventilated front pocket. Comes in 16 color options.
OUR CHOICE: Focus Gear, 15″ Ultimate Gym Bag $25.99
WHY: If you are into CrossFit, the phrase ‘Got Gear’ is an understatement. Knee sleeves, wrist wraps, belts, jump ropes, energy snacks, water bottles, the list goes on. The Focus Gear 15″ Ultimate Gym Bag has a smaller carry size but can pack a full load of gear. It’s variety of pouches, sleeves and other add-ons keeps your work wear safely away from your work out wear, including 2 separate wet bags for those post-MetCon towels. Priced at $25.99