It’s officially that time of the new year when we leave behind end-of-year blues. Consider this your cue to renew fitness promises. We all may be at different stages whether it’s acquiring a brand new gym membership or aiming to push those extra 50 reps. But a common denominator that gives us all just a little jolt of motivation is opting for a functional yet stylish gym bag. What’s not to love? You have all the gym accessories you need in one place to break a sweat, uninterrupted. And ain’t nothing wrong with adding some flair to your gym ensemble!
So, if you’ve finished putting together your gym outfits, let’s move on and take a look at 18 best gym bags from some of the best gym bag brands.
If you’re about to set foot into the world of CrossFit, then you will need a gym duffle bag that also doubles as a backpack. This dark blue camo-patterned, water-resistant bag comes with multiple compartments to store a water bottle, yoga mat, and shoes. The rest of the space can be used to store a change of clothes and grooming essentials like deodorant, body wash, shampoo, and so on.
Do quick getaways play a recurring role in your life? But hey, you still gotta make time to hit the gym! This sturdy and spacious duffle bag plays the dual role of a travel bag as well as your workout essentials. It has multiple compartments to make sure that your devices, chargers, and knick-knacks stay safe and jumble-free.
If you don’t have a preference but still want to prioritise quality and convenience, this polyester, water-resistant duffle bag is a no-brainer. It comes with a separate shoe compartment (a big help when you’ve sweat through your socks and shoes). You can easily fit your other essentials and a change of clothes in the other sections. It also has a separate mesh compartment if you wish to keep your earbuds and phone within immediate reach.
Love the idea of a duffle-cum-backpack but not a fan of the bulk? Here’s a minimalistic option – a black hard-shell PU duffle bag. It boasts incredible durability so that while you get the most out of your gym time, your bag will be an unwavering lifeline.
A brand known for its high-quality offerings, the Tommy Hilfiger duffle bag also comes with a drawstring bag. Whether you’re feeling energetic for a full sweat session or quickly nipping down for a light walk/jog on the treadmill, you can accompany your sleek, compact gym bag with the drawstring bag or carry the latter by itself.
Still embracing the latte/espresso aesthetic? This stylish tan leatherette duffle bag by Fur Jaden is the perfect option for you. It may be compact but makes sufficient room for everything you need to keep your fitness routine going. Plus, you can sling this on as a weekender bag, too.
Hardcore backpack guys, we’ve got just the one for you! This beige single-compartment bag holds your bottle separately. It also comes with a small pocket for storing your wallet, keys, and phone. The main compartment comes with small internal sleeves so you stay more organised.
If you’re a beginner at the gym, chances are you will be carrying just key essentials like shoes, a water bottle, and a towel. In this case, the Nivia Basic Duffle Bag is one of the best gym bags you can invest in. It’s spacious yet simple to easily carry everything you need without any additional load.
This lifting shoe bag is great if you’re keen on keeping your gym bag clean and as odour-free as possible. It also has an easy-grab handle. If you have a gym close by and want to squeeze in a quick workout during a hectic schedule, you wouldn’t have to carry an entire duffle bag.
Looking for something lighter that’s not a duffle or a backpack? A canvas tote bag is another great pick if you’re a beginner or someone who doesn’t carry a lot of things. Secondly, it's easy to throw in the wash when you want to give it a good clean and can be used for multiple purposes.
If you love to take a dip in the pool as a reward after a hard-hitting workout, then go for a backpack with multiple compartments. This will allow you to carry your sweaty/wet clothes and footwear separately while keeping your spare clothes fresh and dry. Not to mention all those other essentials like body wash, shampoo, towels, etc.
Following the streak of tote bags, here’s another one to consider. This tan number from DailyObjects comes with a zipper and a couple of compartments. If you’re an evening-time gym person and like to hit the gym right after office hours, this tote bag is work-appropriate and can be used beyond exercising needs as well.
Like to strike a good balance between gym time and outdoor activities? If you set out on treks or long walks regularly, this one’s for you. This gym bag easily transitions from indoor to outdoor given its drawstring design. With an additional flap, rest assured that your essentials will be secure.
Adding a splash of colour is always a great idea. However, if you want to play it safe, opt for this sage green duffle bag. It steers away from the usual colour palette but isn’t too out there. With quality leather and top-notch stitching, this bag ensures lasting capacity against wear and tear, maintaining its premium exterior while carrying everything you need with ease.
Who says your gym ensemble can’t be stylish? Add a whole lot of style to your gym outfits with this versatile workout duffle bag. The material, which is fully washed genuine leather, is given a faded design lending the bag a rugged yet premium look. It is replete with metallic buttons, zippers as well as double-sided handles and a long strap handle.
Want to fulfil last-minute travel plans and maintain your fitness routine all at once? Look no further than the Uppercase JFK 55 duffle Bag. It’s a spacious workout bag that contains a separate mesh compartment to secure your laptop or other belongings. The exterior boasts a classic combination of red and black that’s etched with a fun typography design.
Another outdoor-friendly option coming your way – strike a balance between a disciplined gym schedule and refreshing hikes with this water-resistant convertible duffle bag. It can store a big water bottle, extra footwear, and all fitness must-haves without feeling too bulky. With separate pouch compartments on the exterior, this one’s ideal for those who are sticklers for organising even the smallest items like earbuds, a coin pouch, a wallet and more.
Here’s another ‘tote-ally’ great option – an all-black sleek tote bag from Wildcraft. This medium-sized carrier will go well with every one of your gym outfits. But it equally comes through with its ergonomic design, allowing you to carry all your essentials before you proceed to give your muscles a good burn.
Totes, backpacks, duffles – carrying gym essentials cannot get any easier (or more stylish)! We hope this list warms you up to the ideal gym bag for yourself.