Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fitness Fashion: I heart Gym Bags

I have used everything from pricy Nike back packs, rolling suitcases, ginormous fashion purses from Target and totes that I painstakingly ironed glitter moto's on (I Heart the gym, above) to carry my workout gear to and fro. But have YET to find the perfect gym bag. Currently I am using this sweet little pink number (everything of mine is pink, have you noticed?) that I snagged at Marshall's for a cool $9.99:

Still what I need and use depends on if I am going to the gym before work or after, if I am bringing a lot of products or hardly any. The items in my gym locker only work so much magic, this blogging beauty needs some help in the mornings, mkay? I hate lugging a big ugly, stinky bag on the bus or worse, on my bike ride in. But I hate shoving things into a tiny tote and forcing them to fit like an ugly stepsister into a glass slipper.

So, where is the glass slipper of gym bags?? Have you found it? IF so, let us know!! In the meantime, I have searched online for some of the coolest bags and included this first number, reader JJVW absolutely hearts! "I lug my lug everywhere-it's fashionable but hearty and puts up with my abuse. LOVE IT."

Puddle Jumper:

Pack it up, pack it in! Our Puddle Jumper is revving to go!! As featured on Oprahs O List this is a must have bag for any active individual. Take it on that weekend getaway or on a trip to the gym. Many swear its the perfect diaper bag too! Stuff it solid with items galore! From your ipod, glasses, pens, papers, clothing, bottles, cosmetics, etc., even throw your stinky sneakers in the back separated ventilated pocket! This bag represents functionality at its best while not compromising your sense of style!

Some favorites out there on the internet include these beauties:

Everything Fits Gym Bag:

Our eco-chic bag keeps you organized. Its roomy interior features a zippered pocket, an elastic pocket and a key tether. A vented outside compartment can hold shoes, wet clothes or towel. Includes an easy-reach outside pocket for water bottle, inside and outside holsters for cell phone and MP3 player, and bottom adjustable straps for your yoga mat. 18"L x 8½"W x 13"H. China. Mat not included.

Sherpani Flora Major

The Flora Major Shoulder Bag offers a roomy main pocket large enough for gym clothes, shoes, toiletries and all the other extras you tote around town. It even has a wet pocket for your swimsuit or sweaty hot yoga clothes. Organize the rest of your stuff with a key fob, adjustable yoga mat straps to fit any size mat, cell phone pocket and external water bottle pockets. The removable waist strap keeps your larger load from shifting when you're commuting by bike.

  • Internal organization and wet pocket
  • Adjustable yoga mat straps
  • Unique 3-D top lid with buckle closure

REI Balance Bag

Spend more time playing and less time packing with our sophisticated REI Balance gym bag.

Sourced from old plastic bottles, this post-consumer recycled PET polyester is tough enough to endure the daily grind and is gentle on the environment. The large zippered opening gives you easy access to all your workout essentials and a side panel can hold a 1-liter water bottle. A separate compartment for your shoes or dirty clothes keeps your clean clothes looking good while large mesh vents help air things out.
  • Slender bag design conveniently fits inside most lockers
  • Removable shower caddy organizes and transports your toiletries for showering
  • Hide-away straps secure a yoga mat to the front rather than the bottom so you can still set the bag down; tuck the straps away for a clean look
  • Front zippered stash pocket keeps your keys and small items handy
  • Adjustable, padded shoulder strap provides comfortable carrying

Let me know what you take to the gym and what works well to drag your must have workout items around easiest. Whether the cat's in the bag, or out, at least we have an idea of what fabulous bag it is!

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