Remembering everything you need before hitting the gym can feel like a feat in itself and often results in you forgetting something important. To simplify things, we’ve compiled a list of the essential items needed to enhance your fitness and make heading out to a workout quick and easy.

Water bottle

Staying hydrated is vital when you’re exercising, so rather than paying for disposable plastic bottles every time you hit the gym, buy a reusable bottle that you can throw in your gym bag. There are some great quality bottles on the market now, made of durable materials to ensure it lasts you years to come.


The wrong shoes can really affect your workout, so it’s important to do your research before parting with any cash to make sure you’re giving your feet the proper support they need. The type of shoes you buy depends on the workout you do – weightlifters or those doing strength training need to look for trainers with a thinner sole, while runners need to invest in trainers which will be shock absorbing to protect joints. If you’re unsure which to choose, this guide on running shoes will help you make the most of your overall workout performance.

Sport armband

Workouts go by a lot quicker if you have a good soundtrack, so a sports armband is a must to make listening to playlists much easier. These armbands mean you don’t have to worry about dropping your phone during your run and frees up your hands for weightlifting sessions. Some also have a reflective strip to help keep you visible during evening outdoor runs.

Workout clothes

Sweating is the sign you’re working out hard enough, but you need clothes which wick the sweat away to keep you dry and comfortable. In the summer, shorts are the way to go to keep cool during the hotter weather, so opt for a quick-dry fabric which is specifically designed for exercising in. Likewise, compression t-shirts help to keep your muscles warm while you’re exercising and help to boost your circulation when you’re not, so they’re worth adding to your fitness gear.

Fitness tracker

It’s one thing to be working out regularly, but how do you really know if you’re improving with each session you put in? A fitness tracker is a great addition to your workout routine and can help you set and achieve your exercise goals. Trackers range from the basic to the advanced, but whichever one you decide to buy, you’ll be able to track your steps, heart rate and performance, to make tracking your progress easy and efficient.

Protein powder and blender bottle

Whether it’s pre- or post-workout, protein powders can help give you a boost. The type you choose will depend on what your fitness and body goals are, but one thing’s for sure, having some protein supplement in your gym bag is beneficial to any workout. And carrying around protein powders is pointless if you’ve got no way to make them, so a blender bottle will ensure that you can quickly and easily make up a shake to supplement your gym sessions with.

Gym bag

Lastly, you need to consider the bag itself. Whichever end of the budget scale you’re at, choosing something that’s versatile will ensure you don’t look out of place on the commute home from work, heading to drinks with friends after a workout, or when hiking at the weekends. Opt for a bag that’s spacious enough to hold your gym equipment as well as your laptop and anything else you might need day-today, as well as one that’s understated and p