I always come to the gym prepared. I would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it! So my gym bag is pretty packed with lots of essential, and a few less-than essential items that still serve a purpose.
Voodoo Floss Bands
I find wrapping these tight around my ankles and knees while warming up for squats goes a long way. I always make sure to re-roll them after using them, and slap an elastic band around them to keep them from unfurling in my bag.
Emergency Muscle Meals
I always keep non-perishable food in my backpack, along with some plastic forks and knives. I have a bag of nuts, a tin of tuna, electrolyte tablets and a lot of dried fruit. My schedule can be pretty hectic, so I make sure to have enough food with me, in case I can’t make it home to have a quality prepared meal.. Never leave the house without healthy food in your pack!
I have a cheap digital watch I keep in my bag. I usually use my phone as a running clock for my workouts, but it is good to have a spare in case my battery dies, or if I need to time my splits while I’m running.
Like many CrossFit athletes, I have the habit of always taping my thumbs for hookgripping a barbell. I buy my white tape from a drug store in Kelowna and always keep a couple fresh rolls in my bag.
I always have a pair of leather workers gloves in my gym bag. Really useful especially when it comes to protecting your hands when handstand walking on rougher surfaces – needed when you have a small training gym.