What to Pack in Your Gym Bag

Posted on August 11th, 2020

10 Items You Need in Your Gym Bag

A well-packed gym bag not only includes items you’ll need during your workout, but also all of the necessary supplies you may need before and afterwards. We are here to give you the ultimate list of gym bag necessities. From pre-workout essentials to cooling down, here are the 10 gym bag items you should never forget:

1. Headphones

Being able to listen to music, podcasts, videos and more will help you stay motivated to continue working out while at the gym. Nobody enjoys listening to themselves breathe heavily while working out. Headphones can serve as a bit of a distraction during your workout, giving you something to focus on rather than yourself being worn out. Whether you like to wear wireless earbuds or larger headphones, it’s always important to toss a pair of them into your gym bag.

2. Water Bottle

One of the most important things to do during a workout is to stay hydrated. Bringing your own reusable water bottle allows you to keep water on hand while you workout. Instead of buying a disposable water bottle every time you visit the gym, reusable water bottles are also a great way to save money.

3. Microfiber Gym Towel

If you have ever used a normal towel at the gym, you may understand how frustrating it can be to have your sweat soak through instantly. Microfiber gym towels are designed to dry quickly, allowing you to continue using your gym towel during the entire workout.

5. Toiletries

Whether you want to shower or just rinse off, it’s always a good idea to freshen up after a workout. This is why it’s important to remember a few essential toiletries to pack in your gym bag. Toiletries you may need after the gym might include:

  • Deodorant

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Face wash

  • Body wipes

6. Change of Clothes

Unless you always head straight home after the gym, it’s never a bad idea to keep an extra change of clothes in your gym bag. You never know when an emergency may arise and you need to quickly get dressed to run errands or meet a friend. We recommend bringing light weight clothing to change into, because you want to give your body the ability to breathe after a heavy workout.

7. Cleansing Wipes

If post-workout showers aren’t really your thing, cleansing wipes may become your new favorite workout buddy. When you’re in a rush to get out the door, cleansing wipes can be a helpful item to have stuffed in your gym bag. These help remove sweat while also taking away any odor you may have developed while working out.

8. Gym Lock

Whether your gym provides locks or not, it can be beneficial to bring your own for the safety of your personal belongings. If you are out of town, you never know if your hotel’s gym provides locks, so it’s important to pack your own.

10. ATC Fitness Membership Card

Last, but certainly not least, always remember to pack your ATC Fitness Membership card! It’s never fun to arrive at the gym and soon realize you’ve forgotten one of the most important gym bag necessities. Your gym membership card will not only get you in the door, but it also prevents you from having to manually check in, allowing you to get into your workout quicker. 


Here at ATC Fitness, we are committed to providing you with the most beneficial information you may need while working out in one of our facilities. Are you ready to get started on your fitness journey? Don’t wait any longer! Contact us today or check out our membership options. 



How to Stay Motivated to Workout While Traveling

Posted on August 3rd, 2020

7 Ways to Stay in Shape While Traveling

Working out while on the road doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. With a few tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to achieving your fitness goals on vacation in no time. Here are a few ways you can stay in shape while traveling:

1. Set daily goals.

Setting goals are one of the most important parts of having a successful workout routine. Without goals, you won’t be able to track your progress or have a vision for the future. This still applies while you are traveling. Although you may not have access to a scale at your hotel, you can still set alternative goals to weight loss. This may include running a longer distance, lifting heavier weights, staying an extra 20 minutes, and more. By planning ahead and writing these goals down prior to arriving at your destination, you will already know the goals you have set for yourself while traveling, helping to keep you motivated.

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2. Pack a gym bag.

Is packing your gym bag part of your daily routine before getting to the gym everyday? If so, you’re not alone. Even the simplest parts of our schedules like throwing a towel into our bag can make a huge difference when it comes to staying motivated. If you tend to carry your gym bag with you at home, we recommend doing the same while traveling. When you arrive at your hotel, immediately set your gym bag aside so that you will see it every morning when you wake up. Simple steps such as packing your gym bag can keep you motivated to stay active on the road.

4. Treat yourself afterwards.

As humans, gratification is built-in to our bodies. What’s the point in fighting the urge to treat ourselves every once in a while? While traveling, the desire to stay fit doesn’t have to remove your opportunities to enjoy your time away from home. Let’s be real. Working out on vacation doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing for everyone. However, it can be an outlet for rewarding yourself. After your daily workouts, treat yourself to time alone, a special food or drink, or even an exciting excursion you couldn’t experience elsewhere. These rewards will help you stay motivated to get out of bed and stay fit while on the road.

5. Take a local gym class.

If you love to take group classes at your local gym, don’t stop while on vacation! Group classes are one of the best ways to motivate yourself and others to continue working towards fitness goals. At ATC Fitness, we help members to stay active even while on the road by offering group classes, fitness programs, and more. With a multitude of amenities, each of our locations is fit for travelers like you to continue staying motivated to workout while also enjoying your vacation. 



Staying Motivated at ATC Fitness

It can be easy to stray away from your workout routine while traveling. However, staying motivated to stay active on the road comes with a variety of rewards. By setting goals, planning ahead, and taking advantage of your surroundings, you can continue staying motivated to workout while traveling for family vacation or business trips. 


Here at ATC Fitness, we are passionate about helping you reach your health and wellness goals. We want to serve you by providing tips and tricks on staying motivated to workout no matter where you are. If you are ready to get started on your fitness journey, check out our gym membership options. We can’t wait to see you succeed!