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10 Clever products everyone needs for the gym

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Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

These products go out of their way to ensure your biggest gym annoyances are solved so that you have no excuse not to go.

Everything fits gym bag

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

The name pretty much says it all here. Everything really does fit in this gym bag. Not only does it have straps to carry your yoga mat, but also a vented pocket to air out your gym shoes and lots of internal pockets to keep you organized. (gaiam.com, $60)

yurbuds

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

There's nothing like a good track to keep your workout at a butt-kicking pace, but earbuds can be a pain — literally. Most earbuds are too big, and become painful after wearing them for a while. The yurbuds Inspire 100 for Women were made just for you. They're designed for smaller ears, and lock into place so they won't fall out once your hit your stride on the treadmill. (yurbuds.com, $20)

SmartShake Shaker Cup

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

Be ready to mix up your pre- and post-workout drinks with SmartShake Shaker Cups. The three compartments easily store supplements and drink mixes, so they can be pre-measured and ready to go when you toss it in your bag. (GNC, $13)

Sporteer Armband

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

You have to have your phone at the gym. Even you're not expecting an important call, your phone is probably where you store all your best workout tunes. Unfortunately, most yoga pants don't come with a back pocket to accomadaet your iPhone. Lucky for you, we found the Sporteer Armband. The soft fabric and adjustable strap is actually comfortable, something not easy to come by with an armband, and it's fitted with an inside pocket to hold cash and cards for when you need to make a stop at the cafe. (pdostore.com, $25)

Fitness Towel with Germ Shield

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

Gyms are hotspots for germs. You use your towel to run down the equipment, but you're not doing much to help when you use that same towel to wipe the sweat off your brow. This is where the Fitness Towel comes in. It's labeled "gym" on one side and "skin" on the other, with a germ shield layer in between. Plus, it's full of hidden compartments to hold your phone, keys, wallet and more. (towelmate.com, $25)

Hanging toiletry bags

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

Can we agree that the showers at the gym are just gross? Even when they look clean, you just know that they're not. You tiptoe in with your feet covered in flip flops, but then your sit your shower products right down on the shower floor. Eww. This fabulous invention lets you hang your products from the shower rod, right in the bag you packed them in. (gearx.com, $35)

Odor killing bag

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

When you change out of those sweaty clothes at the gym, the last thing you should do is toss those nasty clothes back into your bag. By the time you get home, everything in that bag will end up smelling like an armpit. Instead, toss that gross gear into a Stuffit Odor-Killing Bag. The outer layer seals in the moisture, and the removable panel on the inside not only kills the odors, but also dries your clothes. (stuffits.com, $30)

Lotion wipes

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

Lotion after your post-workout shower is a must, but we all know carrying a bottle of lotion in your bag is a big risk. Just one wrong shuffle of that bag and all of its contents are coated in lotion. These Pacifica lotion wipes are super portable, and come in a variety of fresh scents you'll love. (pacificabeauty.com, $7)

CleanWell Disinfectant Spray

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

Get rid of the gym germs for good with CleanWell Disinfectant Spray. The tiny bottle travels well, and comes in handy at grimy places like the gym. Use it on your yoga mat, exercise equipment, and anything else you think might need it. (Cleanwelltoday.com, $8)

Soft hair ties

Make skipping the gym harder with these smart and convenient gym products

You actually managed to make your way through a workout without turning your hair into a sweaty mess, and you still have to wash it, just to get the kinks out from those ponytail holders and headbands. Not true if you use soft hair ties, like these bright ties from Mane Message. (manemessage.com, $7)

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