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    23 Incredible Tips To Make You Actually Want To Go To The Gym

    Get better at gymming.

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    1. Reduce the likelihood you'll bail on your morning workout by sleeping in your workout clothes.

    2. Become a pro in packing a gym bag efficiently.

    Learn more here.

    3. Turn any backpack into the perfect gym bag with attachable sneaker pouches.

    Solepacks clip onto your backpack so you can carry an extra pair of shoes with you. Get them here.

    4. Or just put your sneakers in shower caps and stick 'em in your bag.

    5. Learn how to do easy, super functional braids. Learn some quick and easy styling hacks to keep your hair out of your way while you work out.

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    Learn how to do easy, super functional braids here.

    6. Save time by warming up on your way to the gym.

    7. Use yoga mats to muffle the sound of weights dropping.

    Should you throw your barbell to the ground? No. Does a heavy bar sometimes leave your hands in a not-so-controlled manner during heavy lifts? Sure. Spare your gym's floor and muffle the noise with mats.

    8. Strip weight plates from barbells quickly and efficiently (without dropping a weight on your foot).

    Watch the full demo here.

    9. Make your pre- or post-workout snack something delicious that you only have when you exercise.

    10. Make a playlist that's timed to your workout with strategically placed power songs.

    11. Work out with someone who's just a bit more fit and motivated than you.

    12. Better yet just make it a date w/ your s.o.

    It's sometimes tough to get motivated to work out but when is it tough to get motivated for QT w/ bae?

    13. Get moisture-wicking underwear.

    Underwear designed to keep your undercarriage as dry and comfortable as possible even when you're working up a sweat could be the difference between an unpleasantly swampy workout that you want to end right away and a dryer, more pleasant one.

    14. BYO quick-drying microfiber towel.

    #GymTowelProblems as I see them:

    - Your gym doesn't have towel service.

    - Your gym has towel service but the towels are small and/or scratchy.

    - Your gym has towel service but you've noticed gym staff transporting dirty towels and "clean" ones in the same container.

    - Your gym has towel service but doesn't launder them with bleach.

    These are all great reasons to bring your own towel, in particular a microfiber one that absorbs water like a champ and dries super quickly after use. They also tend to be less fluffy and are therefore easier to pack.

    15. Scented wipes + dry shampoo = skip the shower

    Use scented wipes and dry shampoo to freshen up post-workout without spending time in the shower.

    16. Instead of waiting for equipment you want to use, learn how to ask to "work in."

    17. Better yet, learn common exercise swaps and never wait for a machine again.

    Instead of waiting around for someone to get done with the leg press, learn how to do a proper squat instead. If there's no space to deadlift a dumbbell, learn to deadlift a free weight.

    Here's a list with a bunch of exercises and how to swap them between machines, dumbbells, and barbells.

    18. Keep dryer sheets in your gym bag because stench.

    19. Master DIY sweat stain removal.

    20. Clean those grody shower shoes with baking soda and warm water.

    Add baking soda to warm water, soak your flip flops, then scrub with a toothbrush. If they still smell, make a paste of baking soda and saltwater and give 'em another scrub.

    21. Pre-packed, frozen fruit + Nutribullet = Instant pre-workout smoothie.

    Freeze everything for your pre-workout smoothie in individual bags so you're always ready to just put it all into a Nutribullet, which will blend smoothies right into a to-go cup you can throw in a gym bag.

    22. Use liquid chalk to help your tired hands when using free weights or holding a bar.

    Chalking up your hands helps you better grip barbells, dumbbells, pull-up bars, rock climbing walls and more. Many gyms don't provide chalk so BYO and make it the liquid kind which is less messy, more portable, and usually only needs to be applied once per workout.

    23. Do strength and cardio at the same time.

    Save time by doing a workout that combines strength and cardio; check out more options here.

    Happy gym-going!

    Social image via Nicholas Erwin/Flickr. Thumbnail via Megan Studdenfadden/Flickr.

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