Best Gym Bags For Bodybuilders And Weightlifters 2019

Check out these uber cool gym bags!

There are many different weightlifting aids (belts, shoes, wraps) that’ll help you take your training progress to the next level. And then there’s some training gear that will do absolutely nothing for your performance… but you’ll look darn good walking around with a super sexy, ultra-cool gym bag!

And yes of course, you can store all your belongings and it can make your gym life a bit easier too. But these bags are also completely suitable for many other environments and even travel.

So, we put together a list of completely awesome gym bags that we think are some of the best out this year, and we hope you like them too…

  1. Adidas Defender II Duffel Bag

Adidas is huge when it comes to training gear and accessories so we definitely had to include one (or two) of their bags.

And their Defender II duffel bag is one of the best available. It comes in multiple sizes, colors, and it’s very spacious (even the small size). The bag is made from reinforced ripstop material (ripstop) which is made to last and it even has a lifetime warranty.


  • 26″ shoulder drop
  • 5″ high
  • 5″ wide
  • Extra roomy main compartment
  • 1 interior zip and 2 exterior

Small: 20.5 L x 11.75 W x 11 H Inches

Medium: 24 L x 13 W x 12 H Inches

Large: 29 L x 15 W x 12 H Inches

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  1. Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag

The Carhartt Legacy is a polyester gear bag made from very durable materials with Rain Defender water repellent, and a Duravax abrasion-resistant base.

The bag has a large compartment for the bigger items and another small compartment for shoes with a smaller zipper pocket as well. You can adjust and even remove the shoulder strap for versatility and there’s limited manufacturer’s warranty on the material and craftsmanship.


  • Durable synthetic material
  • YKK zippers
  • Triple needle stitched seams for better reinforcement

20 inch: 20w x 10.5h x 10d inches, weighs 1.5 pounds

23 inch: 23w x 11h x 11.5d inches, weighs 1.5 pounds

30 Inch: 30w x 14h x 15d inches, weighs 2.3 pounds

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  1. Under Armour Unisex Isolate Duffel Bag
    Under Armour Isolate Duffel Bag, Black /Silver, One Size



The Under Armour unisex Isolate duffel bag is ultra-cool, cylindrical bag that is spacious enough to hold your active gear and more.

The bag has a HeatGear shoulder strap for maximum comfort, UA Storm technology to effectively repel water, and large main compartment, a big, vented pockets which can store your shoes or anything else, and two pockets on the exterior.


  • 100% polyester
  • 17” shoulder drop
  • 10” high
  • 20” wide

One size: 10″ x 21″ x 10″

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  1. Adidas Team Speed Duffel Bag

This is another quality bag by Adidas made from 100% polyester. It has twin top handles with a hook and loop keeper, as well as an adjustable body strap with air mesh padding for ease of use and comfort.

The bag is one size and it has a large main storage compartment with an interior zippered pocket for smaller items. The side of the bag has a freshPak ventilated compartment for shoes and laundry, plus a mesh pocket on the other side for additional storage.

The bottom of the bag is made from water-resistant material too which is great for protecting your items.


  • 30” shoulder drop
  • 10” high
  • 21” wide

One size: 12 x 22 x 12-Inch

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  1. Dalix 20″ Sports Duffel Bag

Dalix 20” sports duffel bag is the perfect do-it-all option for storing your belongings regardless of the activity. This bag has an easy access main compartment and two 2” zippered side pockets on each side.

There’s also another zippered pocket in the front for more storage and you also get two 6” inch mesh pockets which can hold your water bottles or anything that you can fit comfortably.


  • Polyester
  • 18” shoulder drop length
  • Longest strap 50”
  • Shortest strap 29”

One size: 20″ X 10″ X 9″

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  1. Under Armour Undeniable Duffel

This best seller is a top-choice for many gym-goers and anyone else looking for a super-cool multi-purpose bag. The material has UA Storm technology for water resistance, HeatGear shoulder strap and a pad top handle for ultimate comfort.

And this bag has a big main compartment, one mesh pocket, and an additional large zippered pocket. Plus there are multiple sizes from small to extra large and a nice variety of colors.


  • 100% polyester
  • UA Storm Technology
  • Adjustable HeatGear padded shoulder strap


Dimensions: 21.4″ x 10″ x 11.1″

Volume: 2,563 Cubic In. / 42 L


Dimensions: 24.8″ x 11.8″ x 12.9″

Volume: 3,417 Cubic In. / 56 L


Dimensions: 28.5″ x 14.1″ x 15.7″

Volume: 5,370 Cubic In. / 88 L

Extra Large

Dimensions: 35″ x 17.2″ x 19.2″

Volume: 5,919 Cubic In. / 97 L

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  1. Nike Brasilia Duffel Bag

Nike is another big brand that makes pretty much every type of active gear you can think of. And they have some really attractive and functional duffel bags that you can use to store pretty much anything.

As expected, the main compartment is very spacious and there’s a mesh pocket for extra storage on the exterior of the bag. There are two handles on the top with a padded shoulder strap, perfect for even weight distribution on the go. And the bag comes in multiple colors.


  • 100% polyester
  • 28” shoulder drop
  • 10” high
  • 22” wide

Medium size: 24″ L x 11″ W x 13″ H

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  1. WolfWarrior X Tactical Duffel Bag

If you’re looking for the ultimate tactical duffel workout bag then you can stop right here.

The WolfWarrior X Tactical Lightweight duffel bag will stand up to anything, and of course, you’ll have plenty of space to tote around everything you need to bring with you no matter where you’re going.

This large water-resistant bag has multiple compartments secured with self-healing zippers, and there are two zipper side pockets, a front zipper pocket with mesh inside, and a shoe compartment.

The inside is a mildew-resistant material for easy cleaning and lifelong durability. Plus, the bag has a reinforced handle and an adjustable padded shoulder strap for comfortable transport.


  • 4 Main loading spaces
  • Water-resistant material
  • Mildew-resistant interior
  • Heavy-duty self-healing zippers
  • Reinforced handle
  • Adjustable, padded shoulder strap

Large (One size): 21” x 10” x 13”

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  1. Herschel Novel Duffel

This bag is not only great for gym use but it’s so classy, stylish, and versatile that it’ll fit in perfectly, literally anywhere.

The bag has a waterproof zipper detail, two-way YKK zippers on the top, a super cool trap door shoe pocket for super easy storage, simple handles, and an inside mesh pocket.


  • 100% polyester
  • 22” shoulder drop
  • 5” high
  • 5” inch
  • 55” removable shoulder strap
  • 19” handle length and a 6.5 inch drop
  • Functional interior and exterior pocket

One size: 11.75″(H) x 20.5″(W) x 11″(D), volume: 42.5L

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  1. Eshow Men Canvas Duffel

If you’re looking for aesthetics along with function then it’s hard to beat the Eshow men’s canvas duffel bag. So, you can head to the gym, up the mountains, to the lake, or anywhere else with this super versatile duffel bag.

The bag is made from environmentally-friendly canvas material, and not only does the bag have adjustable, removable straps but it comes with backpacks straps so that you can carry it around on your back instead of holding it by your side.

But you can wrap the cotton-cushioned strap around your shoulders comfortably if you prefer to carry it that way as well. The shoulder strap can reach 70 CM to 140 CM, while the back straps can reach 85 CM.

There’s also an interior and exterior zipper, plus a protective compartment to store your laptop (depending on the size, of course).


  • Canvas
  • Adjustable 36-73cm shoulder strap
  • High-quality zippers
  • Non-toxic, scratch-resistant
  • Laptop storage
  • Interior and exterior zipper pockets
  • Adjustable side strap for more security

One size: 46 CM(W) x 27CM (H) x 27CM(D)

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Gym Bag Vs. Drawstring/Backpack

A good, functional gym bag is great for people who prefer to take their things with them into a fitness center or who need to have convenient access to their belongings.

But why not just use a backpack or drawstring bag? It’s the same thing right? Well, there are several reasons why a dedicated gym bag would be preferred and superior to a backpack or drawstring bag for gym use.

Gym bag vs. drawstring

First off, we already know that most drawstring bags will bunch up everything together (although some have compartments and more features than the standard drawstring bag), with items stacked on top of the other (you don;t want smelly socks and shoes stinking up everything else do you?)

And oftentimes, they aren’t as durable for heavier items. Not to mention, your stuff can be more difficult to sort through depending on how big the bag is. And that’s another negative of the drawstring. They can only be so big.

And in most cases, you can store quite a bit more in a decent-sized gym bag and most of these great options on our list will allow you to do so. Many of the quality gym bags are longer and higher from base to top which means there’s room for more options overall. Plus, you have more compartments and features for ease of storage.

Gym bag vs. backpack

Backpacks are great because they’re pretty durable with a decent amount of room to store your belongings. And like the drawstring bag, most backpacks are designed to where your items will all be piled on top of the other and it can get pretty deep in there making digging through to find your stuff a challenge sometimes.

And like mentioned previously, you don’t want items like socks, shoes, and dirty laundry with your clean items.

Now, there are some more high tech backpacks out there which are better designed for convenience and ease of use but they are mostly made to be carried on your back in the same manner a drawstring bag is.

And again, a good gym bag is more elongated so that you can carry it by the handles. Gym bags are generally higher from base to top to where you can separate your belongings in sections.

So, you can carry your gym bag around with you while you train and everything will be so much easier to navigate through. And it’s much easier to carry around by the top handles since the bag is designed for it.

But another advantage (purely aesthetic) a gym bag has over a backpack is that if you want to look the part, the former will be more fitting for the environment than the latter, which is an added bonus!

Things you can store in a gym/gear bag:

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Laundry
  • Supplements
  • Personal/self-care items
  • Food/water
  • Training gear/accessories

…And pretty much anything else that’ll fit but that’s not too heavy for the bag to support. The awesome features of a good gym bag will prevent your stuff from getting crushed, messed up, and smelly.

A Quality Gym Bag Is A Great Investment!

You really can’t go wrong with any of these quality gym/duffel bag options, especially if you’re a bodybuilder/powerlifter who has a lot of stuff to carry around with you and around the gym.

These durable bags will stand up to a lot and you seldom have to worry about having enough space to store all of your belongings. They also have some really cool features and several different compartments for better organization.

Now, these bags aren’t necessarily just for gym use as they make for great portable storage regardless of where you are.

And there are options for everyone at many different price points so take into account your needs and budget when considering a quality gym duffel bag!

Jacob Ladon
Jacob Ladon is a staff writer and former amateur bodybuilder. He has been passionate about bodybuilding since he was 15 years old and discovered the joys of training in the gym. He reports and comments on all bodybuilding related matters.