Things you’ll need:
A heavy duty gym bag
Shirt and socks with wick away
Shorts or sweat pants
Mp3 player or ipod with earphones
Reusable water bottle
Weight lifting gloves
Shower shoes like flip flops
Your own towel even if your gym provides them.
A scrunchie sponge
Refillable travel sized bottles of your shampoo, conditioner, gel and etc.
Blow dryer, curling iron
Packing a good gym bag is essential to a good workout for comfort and also to keep you motivated.
If your gym rents lockers I would suggest renting one and keeping your supplies in that and using the gym bag for your weekly transport of items to wash and refill.
I recommend you take a fresh towel to the gym every time you go, even if your gym provides them.
Gyms typically use very little detergent (if any) and cold water. This policy of washing does not kill the MERSA. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It’s a strain of staph that’s resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA can be fatal so take no chances with a gym towel.
Do not touch your eyes or mouth after using a machine. I got a horrific eye infection once by rubbing my eye lid after using gym equipment. You might want to stick a small bottle of Purell in your pocket to use while working out.
Some gyms supply hair dryers and curling irons which are perfectly safe to use.
Never go into a gym shower without something on your feet, unless you just want a nasty infection or warts. Planter warts are very painful and difficult to treat.
Have fun and be safe.
Always ask your doctor if you are healthy enough to work out.
Get a lesson all the machines you do not know how to use lest you injure yourself or somebody else.
Consider hiring a trainer for your first couple of months if you are new to working out.