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What’s In My Gym Bag & Why!

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Posted by PumpSavages - September 14th, 2015

Hey everyone, I came across this idea while sifting through my gym bag one afternoon. I want to discuss what's in my gym bag and why I have this stuff in my gym bag! I currently use a Universal bag that I love, it holds everything I need, and it really has a cool old-school look to it. I want to touch on why I use the stuff in my bag, and what kind of effect it has on my workouts. Everything in this bag is just a tool I use to help me, and is not required to be used when working out.

Weightlifting Belt

A weight lifting belt is a great tool to add to your arsenal. I suggest that if you do decide to use a belt, use your belt on exercises like squats, deadlifts, cleans, and bent-over rows. You might also want to use a belt on standing overhead pressing exercises. Definitely use a belt on heavy, max or near max attempts where the reps are as low as 1-3 reps. The reason I decided to use a belt was mainly because I saw other people in the gym with them. I went out and bought a cheap $30 Nike velcro belt that did nothing for me. After using this belt for a couple of months, I decided to get a real weightlifting belt. My decision to get a real weightlifting belt was solely based on me getting more into the sport of powerlifting and to continue to hit personal records (PRs). I needed the best tools possible to help me along my journey.

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Lifting Straps

Lifting Straps are a great addition to your gym bag. They lessen your need for a strong grip when lifting. This can be good and bad, because on the one hand, you need to be working on your grip strength, but on the other hand you also want to be getting stronger. The straps wrap around the bar from your wrists to take pressure off your hands. The advantages to straps are that they allow you to lift heavier weight without strong grip strength. But while it is good to be able to lift more weight with straps, it actually means that you need to work on your grip strength, and using lifting straps will hinder you from improving your grip strength. The reason I have straps in my bag is because some gyms don’t allow you to use chalk, which is my go-to when lifting heavy weight. I prefer chalk over lifting straps, and I will discuss why in the paragraph below. But if you are someone who is always using straps when lifting heavy, I suggest shying away from them for a while and getting comfortable with lifting with your bare hands to build up that grip strength.

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Chalk is primarily used by powerlifters who need extra grip support. Chalk provides a rough surface on your hands and decreases the slipperiness from your hands sweating. Chalk is great for people who lift heavy weights often, and decreases the likeliness that the bar will slip out of your grip, while it could also help prevent injuries. However, chalk is messy, and like I said above, many gyms will not allow it. If you do use chalk, put it in a zip-lock bag to prevent it from going all over the place, and only use the amount needed for the lift. The reason I got into using chalk is because I wanted to start building my grip strength, and the only way for me to do that was to stop using lifting straps. I stopped using straps and have seen a huge jump in my grip strength and I actually hit 455lb deadlifts without the need of straps!

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Wrist Wraps

Wrist wraps have helped me a lot. I had really bad wrist pain from being an idiot and lifting heavier weight than my wrists could handle, and at one point it was hurting to curl dumbbells. Wrist wraps are used to keep your wrists steady and secure when lifting weight. The wrist wraps act similar to a lifting belt, but instead aid in keeping the wrists in place. They definitely lessen wrist pain and decrease your chances of injury. But they also limit your range of motion, so they wouldn’t be ideal for an exercise like, for example, a pull-up. The reason I have these in my gym bag is to avoid wrist pain, like I stated above!

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Jump Rope

A jump rope is a great piece of equipment because it is so lightweight and portable, and usually will sell for under $20! I picked up my first jump rope at sears and it was a cheap plastic one that cost me maybe $8. Soon after using this jump rope, as you can imagine, the plastic got worn out and broke on me. I decided to buy a real jump rope made out of cable that is used to hold elevators, but a smaller version. This jump rope uses a ball bearing and has a life-time warranty, and it cost me just $19.99. The reason I have a jump rope in my gym bag is because the jump rope is a great tool to help improve cardiovascular fitness while toning muscle at the same time. Using the jump rope for just 15-20 minutes will burn off the amount of calories a candy bar has. You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you’d burn jumping rope. So after an intense weight lifting session, instead of walking on a treadmill, start jumping rope to reach your fitness goals.

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There you have it, that is what is in my gym bag! It's not much, but each item has its purpose, and definitely helps me reach my goals. I hope this gives you some ideas for what you might want to pack in your bag the next time you hit the gym!

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Good stuff! I have pretty much all of the same things! Except, samples of C4 scattered throughout haha.


Got everything you need man!  But you forgot to talk about how you take your preworkout 7 times a day!! haha


Awesome video Dave :)


got everything you need brother :) looks good to me!


Great article Dave! 

What's a good brand of wrist wraps? I have two pairs from sports authority but they're not very sturdy. Sometimes I'll wear both of them at once lol

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I might do a video on that! I really like the Iron Bull wrist wraps!


My Gym Bag: Water Container, Jump Rope, Gloves, Snack, Wireless HeadPhones, Cell Phone (sometimes), Men's Grooming Kit! This is a excellent article and now got me thinking what I should and should not bring to the gym.


This is the ideal gym bag packed with the workout essential gear, good stuff @pumpsavages!


Looks like some great stuff to have handy at the gym and take your training to another level @pumpsavages! Although the chalk looks a little dodgy...are you sure it's not some other substance? :P

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A perfect plan, taking the "chalk" in a bag to the gym. That is, until they see you sniff it :P