With spring in full bloom, it’s time to get moving with genius and good-looking gear all aimed to fuel your passion and power your performance for active-living and adventuring. After all, the days are longer which means there’s more time to get moving and fitness-focused — and reach for your personal best so you’re race-ready, studio strong, and getaway-prepped.
From super-stylish and multi-tasking bags, delicious protein and tasty nutritional bars, must-have everyday essentials to hydrate and refuel on the go, and top-performing pre- and post-workout recovery tools to help you quickly rebuild and recharge — it’s time to put this list on your radar so you can play powerfully and effortlessly, and easily transition throughout your day from the gym, on-the-go, to getaways, all while feeling strong, ready, and able to take on anything ‘round the clock.
Scroll down below to get the details on the genius and must-have gear to get your hands on, for both him and her.
The handsome and heavy-duty pack
Nike SFS Responder Backpack ($185) – move effortlessly and perform efficiently with this play-hard pack that features cool military-inspired styling paired with a multi-tasking ability that can handle-it-all with style, ease and structure. Nike’s SFS Responder Backpack is both handsome and heavy-duty, making it a must-have that’s versatile and vital for all your needs — and perfect for your active lifestyle from workouts to weekdays and weekend getaways. From the outside, it’s a ruggedly handsome backpack that features 900D Cordura fabric that’s highly-durable, easy to clean, and tear- and water-resistant, so it’ll easily endure the elements and everything you throw at it (and into it). It also has numerous daisy chains all over to easily clip gear and features multiple pockets on the outside including, a fleece-lined zip pocket at the very top to keep your fragile and valuable gear fully protected, a large insulated zip-pocket at the front that can conveniently hold a 100-ounce hydration reservoir to keep your thirst-quencher continuously cool, two generously-sized side zippered compartments with pull tabs to neatly pack a media player and small essentials for easy access — and two small pouches hidden smartly and discreetly underneath the two side pockets that velcro shut to securely store your cell and keys.
The SFS Responder Backpack also has an amazing interior that conceals a multitude of genius and convenient compartments and pockets to handle your adventures and athletic lifestyle. It’s designed with Nike’s Zip3 System which provides a unique opening paired with Duraflex pressure-release buckles and a Hypalon pull tab that give this backpack a sleek but fully functional design that zips all the way and delivers streamlined storage capability so you can easily pack and quickly access all your essentials inside. Inside, this top-performing pack has a large main compartment with a wide opening to store every day and specific essentials along with side pockets and mesh compartments to neatly store all your gear from clothes to shoes to toiletries. The SFS Responder Backpack also offers a supreme and comfortable fit thanks to its contoured shoulder straps that rest easily along the shoulders, along with the air mesh padding throughout the back and shoulder straps which provide crazy comfort and breathability. Plus, it also features an adjustable sternum strap and a waist strap to ensure an easy-yet-secure and enjoyable fit.
Overall, Nike’s SFS Responder Backpack is not only practical and very versatile but its super-stylish featuring a clean, modern-military design paired with a genius multi-tasking ability and storage capability that lets you skillfully pack all your gear for the gym, on-the-go, and for getaways.
Nike SFS Responder Backpack retails for $185, and is available in Military Brown and Black at nike.com.
The stylish tote
Nike Victory Gym Tote Bag ($100) – gather and skillfully organize your gear in this glam and performance-minded tote that’s sure to be your go-to bag for the gym and on-the-go. Nike’s Victory Gym Tote Bag is the perfect and stylish-yet-practical essential that features a lightweight, durable and fully-functional design paired with an easy-to-clean fabric and specialized compartments to conveniently, cleverly, and securely pack away your exercise and everyday gear with ease. Nike’s Victory Gym Tote Bag features a super-spacious main compartment that has zippers on each end to easily access the interior and securely store clothing, shoes, and other essentials. It also has a zippered pocket to safely store valuables including your media device or cell as well as two additional pockets (one small and one medium-sized) to neatly store and organize other goods. Plus, it comes with two removable bags: one small zippered wrist-bag that’s padded to store your bath toiletries and beauty or makeup essentials, and a medium-sized drawstring bag to pack your sweaty post-workout gear, making it an easy, very-versatile, and fabulously functional bag for the gym and getaways. It also features two large exterior pockets so you can easily pack and quickly access all your essentials in a flash, like your water bottle, training gloves, or yoga strap, and a front zip pocket to securely store your id or keys. The Victory Gym Tote Bag also has smooth straps that snap together for easy-carrying and comfort — and so you can securely transport your yoga mat on top. Overall, Nike’s Victory Gym Tote Bag is a fashionable and functional gym and on-the-go bag structured, sturdy and versatile, making it perfect to tote around town while running errands as well as bringing along as your workout companion to store your gym gear and studio essentials.
Nike’s Victory Gym Tote Bag retails for $100, and is available in Black at nike.com.
The fuel for fitness
Quest Nutrition is the leading fitness brand whose simple mission to revolutionize food and make clean eating fun has carried over to an amazing array of products that are filled with delicious and good-for-you ingredients that you can enjoy anytime and anywhere to fuel your fitness and satisfy your cravings from weekdays-to-workouts-to-weekends.
Quest Nutrition offers a great variety of top-performing protein bars, protein-packed chips, and super-satisfying protein powders that should be in your workout bag and in your hand’s reach to power up your performance and give you the sustenance you seek to go on with your day. So take a look at a few (of the many) products to pack in your bag:
Quest Bar Protein Bar in Cookies & Cream Flavor ($2.39 for one bar, $24.99 for a box of 12) – this yummy tasting bar is made with real cookie chunks and delicious cream, giving you a super smooth flavor that’s scrumptious and delightful — and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and curb your cravings, all with zero guilt. Plus, it’s packed with 21 grams of protein to nourish and sustain you throughout your day, and during pre- and post-workouts so you can start strong and finish feeling fueled and fulfilled!
Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder ($39.99 for a 2 lb. canister) – pack on good-for-you nutrition and 23 grams of protein with this delicious powder that mixes up perfectly for a dreamy “dessert-like” shake that’s guaranteed to get you going and fuel your performance. Quest’s Peanut Butter Protein Powder has a fantastic flavor profile that’s savory and semi-sweet for an indulging treat to take your through the day — and it’s only 110 calories so don’t have to worry about widening your waist.
Both available at questnutrition.com.
The innovative every day necessities
BlenderBottle is the ground-breaking and genius brand behind high-quality, innovative, and practical products to use from workouts-to-weekdays-to-weekends, making your life and fitness feats effortless and efficient. BlenderBottle offers breakthrough shaker bottles, water bottles, and stackable storage jars that are perfect and portable to take with you while working out, on-the-go, or on getaways. Here are a few (of the many) got-to-get products from BlenderBottle to boost your gym or travel bag, or add to your daily rotation as amazing on-the-go gear. All available at BlenderBottle.com.
BlenderBottle’s ProStak is an amazing all-in-one, BPA- and Phthalate-free bottle that can handle it all so you can play hard with ease and super-performance. BlenderBottle’s ProStak is innovation at its best, it features BlenderBottle’s state-of-the-art shaker paired with a BlenderBall wire whisk inside — and stacked on top of Twist n’ Lock containers so you can pack and easily store away your protein powder, liquid, vitamins and supplements.
The ProStak features a generously-sized 22 ounce bottle that has a screw-on lid that twists and locks closed along with a secure flip cap that snaps shut so you can confidently toss in your gym or travel bag, knowing that it’s conveniently 100% leak free. The flip cap also features a built-in and adjustable carry loop so you can move hands-free and conveniently clip onto your bag while on-the-go. What’s more, the ProStak has Twist n’ Lock jars that can be quickly attached or detached from the bottle, along with a smart and discreet pill tray that locks onto any jar lid so you can carry your vitamins and supplements, plus your protein powder or enhancers all in the same jar! Overall, BlenderBottle’s ProStak is a must-have essential for everyone, from the pro athlete, the weekend gym goer, the active living enthusiast, and the everyday on-the-go guy or gal because of its innovative design and everyday practicality that lets you pack away your nutrition and essentials in an all-in-one, smart storage option!
BlenderBottle’s ProStak retails for $13.99 and comes in a variety of cool colors so you can pick your fave shade or match according to your mood! Available at BlenderBottle.com.
The super-genius storage gear
BlenderBottle’s GoStak are durable tight-locking jars that innovatively store essentials individually, are space-saving & stackable, and conveniently portable. GoStaks come in a variety of sizes and each jar has a clear body so you can visibly see, store and secure your nutritional needs like protein powder and small snacks, workout gear like your earbuds, personal essentials like jewelry, and other goods while on the go — and they’re made from durable Eastman Tritan plastic to keep edibles perfectly fresh and other essentials secure for the ultimate in storage and organization. GoStaks are available in five fabulous staks: a Starter 4Pak which comes with a convenient carrying handle and features varying sizes to store everything from vitamins, snacks and your music buds, a 150cc 2Pak which is perfect for storing trail mixes, a 100cc 3Pak which is fantastic for packing fruit or nuts, 60cc 3Pak which is great to store sweet treats like chocolate chips or candy, and a 40cc 4Pak which offers a great size to store your supplements and/or medicine for the day ranging from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime.
BlenderBottle’s GoStaks are available at BlenderBottle.com. GoStaks are available in a variety of cool colors in a Starter 4Pak which retails for $12.99, a 150cc 2Pak which retails for $9.99, a 100cc 3Pak which retails for $9.99, a 60cc 3Pak which retails for $8.99, and a 40cc 4Pak which retails for $8.99.
The stylish and sleek bottles
BlenderBottle’s Signature Sleek Sport Mixer- grab hold of this fashionable and super functional bottle to take your drinks, protein shakes, and all-around hydration to new heights. BlenderBottle’s Signature Sleek Sport Mixer is a strong, stain-resistant, odor-repellant, and BPA-free bottle made from long-lasting Eastman Tritan plastic. Plus, it’s a sleek and colorful bottle that’s wrapped in pure style thanks to its 360 degrees of print that will make your everyday hydration an extraordinary feat — and it holds a hefty 28 ounces of water, shakes or smoothies so you can easily satisfy your thirst with just one bottle. It’s also equipped with a BlenderBall whisk inside to conveniently mix your protein shakes, features both ounce and milliliter markings so you can easily measure your powder or enhancers, has a StayOpen flip cap with a large mouth opening for easy-drinking, and features a handy SportLoop to easily clip and secure onto your gym or travel bag while on-the-move. Overall, BlenderBottle’s Signature Sleek Sport Mixer is a colorful and cool way to store your beverage in, bringing both style and convenience into your active routine.
BlenderBottle’s Signature Sleek Sport Mixer retails for $13.99, and is available in a variety of vivid colors and patterns including Tartan Plaid Purple, Geo Lace Pink, Zen Gala Green, and Topo Flow Aqua.
The genius exercise tool essentials
TriggerPoint Performance Therapy is the leading brand behind super-performing, smart, and supportive exercise essentials so you can recharge and recover quickly and effectively at-home or while on-the-go. Take a look at a few (of the many) extraordinary exercise essentials by TriggerPoint Performance Therapy to pack in your gym and getaway bag or keep close by as companions so you can ultimately feel-good from head-to-toe — and power though running, training, CrossFit, boot camp, yoga, and spinning like a pro with peak performance. All available at tptherapy.com.
The relieving rolling stick: GRID STK Foam Roller ($34.99) – this portable tool is a cure-all for reducing muscle tension, soreness and pain with precision and ease, making it perfect post-workout and great to take while traveling. TriggerPoint Performance Therapy’s GRID STK Foam Roller is the world’s first hand-held foam roller wrapped in a patent-pending GRID® 3-dimensional surface that “sinks” into the tissue to target and treat pain with a firm-yet-smooth touch as you roll out the knots, tightness, and tenderness — and increase blood flow and circulation. The GRID STK Foam Roller also features easy-to-hold AcuGRIP handles that are specifically-labeled for the right and left hands on each end to provide an ergonomically comfy grip and tacky feel so you can precisely massage over troubled areas and deliver controlled and targeted relief. What’s more, these AcuGRIP handles are uniquely designed to provide acute myofascial release that treats and stimulates the soft tissue, helping to loosen knots and relieve muscle and joint pain as you self-massage the stick through troubled areas.
The revolutionary roller
GRID X Foam Roller ($49.99) – this advanced, multi-directional, and firm foam roller is a must-have essential for workout warriors because of its revolutionary design, ease and versatility of use, convenient and compact size, and its amazing in-depth recovering action. The GRID X foam roller features TriggerPoint Therapy’s firmest density which is twice as firm as the original GRID so that it breaks through the body’s toughest, tightest troubled spots — focusing on the calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, back and lats — for the ultimate relief of these intense aches and pains.
The GRID X Foam Roller is based on a genius grid-system that features a tough three-dimensional surface with varying widths and a firmer density to let you “work it out” and have full control by rolling yourself to relief as you knead the tissue for super-performing massaging action to benefit your body with the appropriate precision-point and promote the flow of blood and oxygen while repairing your muscles. The GRID X is a state-of-the-art and heavy-duty foam roller that provides intense compression for mega-massaging that’s precise and effective for serious relief of tough, troubled spots — and it’s very compact and easy-to-carry, highly durable (supports up to 550 lbs.), super easy to clean by simply wiping down and letting it air dry, and it’s backed by a one-year warranty, making it THE best and most-effective multi-directional foam roller that’s a must-have for pre- and post- fitness recovery!
All available at tptherapy.com.
The feel-good foot fix
NANO Foot Roller ($24.99)– treat feet to some TLC with this freely-rotating foot reliever that’s easy to carry in your workout bag — and a must-have for runners and fitness buffs to treat tired, achy feet and the ever-so painful plantar fasciitis (heel and arch pain). TriggerPoint Performance Therapy’s NANO Foot Roller is a revolutionary foam foot roller that’s specifically designed to increase flexibility and relieve minor muscular aches and pains associated with the foot. You simply sit down and relax as you roll each foot across the firm yet feel-good foam, and apply the pressure you need for either a gentle, moderate or deep-kneading massage that sinks into the tissue for targeted relief and to increase blood flow. The NANO Foot Roller is a fantastic foot reliever to enjoy at-home after a run or high-impact cardio class because it will soothe feet and relieve them from soreness and pain, leaving you feeling good and renewed.
Available in two densities, regular and the extra-firm NANO X for intense relief at tptherapy.com.
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