Get Your Hands on These Fitness Bags
  • April 19, 2017
  • Gym bags have come a long way from the simple duffel bags of yore. These days, you can find yoga carriers, stylish totes, backpacks and, yes, updated duffel bags to lug your shoes, fitness gear, clothes and snacks to and from the gym. Check out some of our favorites below.

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    Best Bags for Yogis

    Gaiam’s Metro Gym Bag

    The nifty cinch cord on the bottom of this bag makes carrying your yoga mat a cinch (pun intended). We also love the exterior snap pocket and interior keychain holder.


    Kate Spade’s Haring Lane Kenna Yoga Bag

    If you’re willing to splurge, this might be the bag for you. Unzip the sides of the decorative bow to reveal a mat holder; zip them back up on the days you’re not practicing yoga.


    Yoga Evo’s Yoga Mat Bag

    This is a mat carrier on steroids. Pack all your essentials in three smaller pockets (including a zippered pocket), one larger pocket and a holder for your water bottle.


    Best Bags for Work-to-Gym

    Lo and Son’s The O.M.G.

    The O.M.G. is billed as an overnight bag, but the features that make it great for travel apply equally well for the work-to-workout transition. Think separate shoe compartment, padded laptop holder and more pockets than you can shake a stick at.


    Lululemon’s All Day Tote

    Stylish enough to bring to work, this tote does double duty as a workout bag thanks to its water-repellent material, removable zippered pouch and interior pockets.


    The ANDI

    Not only does this roomy bag fit a laptop, running shoes and workout clothes, but also, you can convert it to a backpack, cross body or over the shoulder. Plus, it has yoga straps, one exterior pocket and three interior pockets.


    Kate Spade’s Haring Lane Kenna Yoga Bag

    Yes, we already included this bag in the yogi’s list above, but it’s too good not to repeat in the work-to-gym section!


    Best Backpacks

    REI Flash 18 Pack

    I’m a big fan of this lightweight backpack, which is also a great option if you want to pack a gym bag in your suitcase. It’s durable, folds up small and holds a surprising amount of stuff.


    Herschel Supply Co. Backpacks

    Have some fun at the gym. Express your personality with one of Herschel’s patterned backpacks in floral, stripes, camo or fern.


    Nike Auralux

    Go hands-free with the versatile Auralux. When you’re sweaty post-workout, you’ll be grateful for this backpack’s mesh back panel, which is supposed to “keep you cool and dry on the go.”


    Best Duffels

    Lululemon’s Fast Track Duffel

    This duffel has all the pockets: an interior one for “sweaty unmentionables” (the phrase cheekily revealed when the pocket is unzipped), a removable heat-resistant pocket for a hair straightener, a padded laptop pocket and interior pockets. Oh, and there’s also a yoga mat strap. What more do you need?


    Athleta Get to Work Gym Bag

    As you fill up this slim camo-print bag, be sure to take advantage of interior and exterior mesh pockets, yoga mat straps and a keychain holder.


    Aer Gym Duffel

    Ventilation is the name of the game in this smart duffel. Stick your shoes in the ventilated shoe compartment, stash your sweaty gear in a ventilated main compartment and keep your clean clothes separate in their own special area. Then tuck your water bottle into the exterior water bottle pocket and hit the gym in style.

    About Kelsey Schagemann

    Kelsey’s fitness journey started at age 14 when she moved from St. Louis, Mo., to Portland, Ore., also known as Nike headquarters and the home state of Steve Prefontaine. She was one of only two eighth grade girls on the cross country team and didn’t particularly like running in the rain, but she doggedly stuck with it. Running became Kelsey’s exercise of choice for the next several years as she logged countless miles on her high school and college cross country and track teams. Nowadays, you’re much more likely to find Kelsey in the spin studio (absolutely her favorite workout), lifting weights, perfecting tree pose or biking to/from DePaul University in Chicago, where she’s an associate editor. When she’s not working out, Kelsey is often trying new recipes, keeping the library in business, supporting her husband’s team (go Illini basketball!) and writing for publications such as Refinery29, A Practical Wedding, Melo, Fiterazzi, PR Week, and, of course, aSweatLife. Kelsey holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.