These Are The 5 Things You Should Always Have In Your Gym Bag

Make sure your gym bag is filled with all these essentials.


Nadia Windt |

Some say working out is not just about the body, it’s about the mind, body and soul. Well, here at the Men’s Health HQ, we think it’s about the body, the hair, the skin and the smell, too. That’s why you’ve got to make sure your gym bag is filled with all the essentials.

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You don’t want to roll into the office smelling like the 45-minute spin class you’ve just worked your way through. And going straight from the barbell to the bar for a date can be risky. Trust us, holding calloused hands isn’t on the top of most women’s first-date bucket list.

That’s why the MH fashion and grooming team are sharing the budget buys you need to carry with you at all times. Seriously, altogether you can bag all of these and restock your gym bag for under R450. You’ll never have to use that generic blue gym body wash ever again. You’re welcome!

For Your Skin

Want to avoid dryness or spots? Keeping your skin healthy with the right products is essential. That’s because sweating a lot during a workout can damage your skin and dehydrate it. Make sure to apply a moisturiser packed with skin-saving properties like taurine. It helps fight signs of tired-looking skin and dehydration.

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L’Oreal Hydra Energetic X-treme Turbobooster

R 119.95

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For Your Hair

For a great-looking mane post-workout, you need a goop that’ll do its job without adding loads of grease or residue to your locks. This multitasker is rich in essential oils that will leave you with long-lasting beard control and a defined hairstyle that will be the envy of guys everywhere.

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BarberClub Beard & Hair Styling Cream

R 119.95

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For Your Body

Pull the plug on carrying an over-stuffed grooming bag to and from the gym. Instead, opt for a multipurpose body and hair wash. This one even conditions your mane of hair, too.

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Cantu Shea Butter 3-In-1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash

R 109.95

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For Your Smell (And Everyone Else’s Sake)

After a heavy workout, you’ll be perspiring for at least a little while after (and maybe the rest of the day). Protect yourself and armour up with the best ammo; something that will leave you feeling fresh and keep you cool all day long.

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Nivea Men Cool Kick Anti-Perspirant

R 36.95

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For Your Callouses

All those lifts can leave your hands with a bunch of callouses – not cool. You need a moisturiser that’s the best in the business but small enough to carry with you wherever you are. This one is light, non-greasy and fast-absorbing, which will leave your hands hydrated all day long. You might not know this, but for many athletes hand moisturiser is an essential for making sure they keep their callouses under control.

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Nivea Men Creme

R 54.95

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