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Gym Bag Essentials [Apera Review and Giveaway]

What’s inside YOUR gym bag? I have to be honest… you will probably find a whole lot of random stuff inside my gym bags. Some of the randomness that I have been toting around recently… crossword puzzles [as if I'm going to sit down and start solving puzzles during bodypump], a pen [obviously, how else would I write down my solution to said puzzles?], half a piece of trident gum [the only person I know who would HALF a piece of Trident gum is Popeye], a grocery store recipe [apparently I thought my gym bag was a purse], and a paperclip [for you know, all that workout paperwork].

Aside from all of those [clearly] necessary items, I do have a go to list of various items that I HAVE to have in my gym bag.

gym bag essentials

I have gone through quite a few gym bags over the years. I’ve tried duffel bags, backpacks, little totes, big totes, bags from all shapes and sizes and none of them have been able to check off all of the items on my checklist. Until now.  I received a performance duffel from the company Apera back in January. A few weeks after testing the product, I reached back out to them to inquire about a giveaway because I LOVE the product and I really enjoyed working with them. If you follow me on instagram you’ve seen this bag as my sidekick in many pictures, such as this one:

apera performance duffel review

HOWEVER, before you get to try your hand at one, I want to share with you some of my favorite qualities of the performance duffel.

Apera Performance Duffel Qualities

Here is a video to show you more about how the Performance Duffel works:

The exciting news is that there are TWO ways to win one of their sports bags. To try for an  Apera Sling Tote all you have to do is follow this link to enter.

On top of THAT… they are running a sale for 40% OFF their entire Blue line of bags.  Any style of bag, including the Performance Duffel, will be 40% OFF!  Plus, all of their Duffel Packs, any color, are 40% OFF too.

special olympics spirit pack

To top THAT off, they are giving YOU a chance to win one of their Special Olympics Sprint Packs. For every three bags sold they donate to Special Olympics… what an awesome way to give back! The winner of the bag will also receive a code worth 25% off of any other Apera bag.

Good luck!

Giveaway ends Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at midnight EST.
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What are your gym bag essentials?
What is one strange thing in your gym bag currently?

99 thoughts on “Gym Bag Essentials [Apera Review and Giveaway]

  1. Anel

    The blue performance duffle looks awesome!! One of my gym essentials is a few hair ties. You never know when other ladies will need them!

  2. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections

    Ooh I could totally use a new gym bag. I just need something more functional! In my gym bag I always have gloves. The weights at my gym are rough so gloves are required!

  3. Katie G

    I would love the duffel. I’m in need of a new bag and have been looking around for one that will hold everything. This would be perfect! My gym essentials are extra hair ties and chapstick. Can’t stand chapped lips!

  4. Samantha Rininger

    I would love the performance duffel. I frequently work out right before or right after work, so all the pockets for clean/dirty clothing is a MUST! Recently got into weight lifting, so I always need to have my gloves with me. Blisters on the first few days were awful. I also must have Chapstick and an iPod! :)

  5. Chelsea L

    Honestly I would be happy with any duffel bag. Currently, I’m using a drawstring bag that I got for free, so I only carry the absolute essentials. For me, that’s my swim suit, a towel, goggles, and a lock.

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