New Year, New You: Gym Bag Must-Haves for 2016

2016 is here, and if you’ve resolved to get in shape this year, you’ve probably already felt challenged. (Those holiday sweets are still weighing us down, too.) Luckily, we’ve gathered some gym bag essentials to keep you moving and help shatter those resolutions.

Panache Full-Busted Underwire Sports Bra 5021
Panache Full-Busted Underwire Sports Bra

Sports Bras

Finding the right sports bra is almost as difficult as actually hitting the gym, no matter your size. But we’ve got you covered. Wacoal’s seamless sports bra is one of our most highly rated bras for low-impact activities like yoga, and its seamless design means it’s comfortable enough to lounge around the house in, too. More endowed women will rave over our bestselling underwire sports bra from Panache, which gives maximum support to D+ sizes with its ultra-comfy underwire that reduces breast bounce by 83%!

Soybu Stretch Re-Flex Starburst Tank SY7318
Soybu Stretch Re-Flex Starburst Tank


Like most workout wear, tops may vary by activity. However, they do tend to have more crossover, meaning you can get a little more use out of them no matter what fitness class (or coffee date) you’re running to. We’re currently obsessed with Soybu’s stylish and feminine Starburst tank, which is pretty enough to wear to brunch as well as Pilates class. Looking for a little more coverage? This sweet and sporty half-zip cap sleeve top from SPANX fits the bill. Bonus: It’s got a little hidden back pocket to hold your cell phone or music player.

O'Neill 365 Active Leap Capri 15475022
O’Neill 365 Active Leap Capri


There’s nothing worse than hoisting up an old worn-out pair of drawstring shorts when you’re on the grind. For warmer climates, try the mid-length Authentic compression short from Under Armour, which can help increase performance while keeping your body temperature down. If your gym is drafty, try Columbia’s Luminescence spacedye legging, made from a high-quality fabric that won’t quickly lose its shape (or opacity!) in an out-there galactic print. If you’re looking to hit the yoga mat more in 2016, the O’Neill Active Leap Capris are a favorite among the down-dog set.

Columbia Mighty Lite III Omni-Heat Jacket 1476761
Columbia Mighty Lite III Omni-Heat Jacket


Outdoor training often calls for a high-performance jacket. While your old college sweatshirt may have done the trick in the past, upgrading to a jacket actually designed for fitness may, at the very least, make you feel like an Olympian. If you’ll be braving the elements to get your workout in this winter, Columbia’s omni-heat puffer jacket is an absolute must for keeping warm and dry. Under Armour also offers jackets to fit any athletic activity, including the military-inspired Wrap Up jacket, which is stylish enough to wear to an after-spin brunch.


Wearable tech has taken the fitness world by storm, and for good reason. Fitness trackers not only track your steps, but your sleep patterns and food intake, as well. Don’t forget to throw in a water bottle, headphones and your favorite workout playlist to help you get your sweat on!

Good luck in the new year, fitness lovers! May your new routines be as hot as your yoga studios.

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