Tips For Keeping Valuables Safe At The Gym


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Admittedly, I don’t belong to a gym.  I workout from home most days and while I am in the process of building my own fitness studio, it isn’t open quite yet.  So you might wonder why today’s post is focused on keeping your valuables safe at the gym- who I am, a non gym goer giving regular gym frequenters tips on how to keep their prize possessions from being snatched? 

I am someone who not long ago was quite clueless on the whole “what to do with your crap at the gym” thing and since I refused to find myself in that situation again, I decided to do some research and share the tips and tricks I’ve learned! 

Tips for keeping your valuables safe at the gym

This post is sponsored by jimmyCASE but as always, all opinions are my own.

Before I get into the tips- here is a little back story.   Recently, I went to NYC for a trip and while I was there decided to hit the gym with a friend.  Since I was traveling and was going straight from one destination to the next after the gym, I had ALL my stuff with me.  An entire duffle bag, my purse, a wallet with my ID and of course my phone.  

The problem arose when I made my way to the locker room to get changed and realized I had NO lock.  Who goes to the gym with all their stuff in NYC without a lock? Me.  A person who doesn’t belong to a gym and didn’t even give a second thought on how to protect my belongings before I got there.  

As someone who prides herself on being smart and capable, I suddenly felt naive and ignorant.  I discreetly hid my belongings in an empty locker and crossed my fingers that no one would discover it’s vulnerability.  Thankfully, my one time mistake didn’t result in any misfortune but I’ll attribute that to just being lucky. Very lucky. 

So what measures can you take to protect your possessions at the gym? Here are a few easy tips on how to secure your stuff from sticky finger thieves! 

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1. Invest in a quality lock. 

The obvious thing to do is to lock up your belongings but make sure you’re using a quality lock rather than something cheap that can be easily broken.  Instead of using a lock that has a single notch which can easily be jimmied and broken into, find a lock that is made using double notches like this one, here

2. Pick a locker in a central location.

When choosing a locker, make sure you pick one that is located where it can be easily seen such as at the end of a row instead of ones tucked away in the corner.  Thieves are less likely to steal from a locker when other people can see it or are around that area.  

3. Take just the bare minimum. 

Just because you spent an extra $10 on a quality gym locker, don’t expect it to guard all your valuables.  If possible, only bring the essentials and leave all the expensive stuff like jewelry and electronics at home.  

4. Take them with you.

If you’re bringing only the bare minimum and leaving all the other stuff at home then you can skip the locker all together.   Instead, just take them with you around the gym.  Most of us already bring our phones for music and obviously gym selfies but you’re probably thinking that the addition of a wallet would be pretty cumbersome.  

You would be right except that such a thing as phone wallets exist allowing you to ditch the bulky bifold and bring only what your really need.  One such phone wallet is called the jimmyCASE and it’s everything you didn’t know you needed. 

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I say this because the jimmyCASE provides a solution to a problem that most gym goers and especially runners have-  how to secure your cash and credit cards when carrying your wallet is not an option.

Unlike the chunky version of wallet cases you’ve seen, these iPhone wallet cases are constructed with elastic bands which allow the flexibility to hold up to six cards or even car keys without stretching out.  The core of the case is made of real wood which is durable enough to protect the phone but light enough so that it doesn’t feel too cumbersome.  It is also wrapped in a silicone bumper to which helps to absorb the shock if the phone is dropped or knocked around. 

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The other nice thing about the jimmyCASE is that the elastic band is offered in a variety of colors and can be customized with either a black or white bumper and light or dark wood type depending on your preference.  

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Personally, I love the simplicity of this case and how functional it is.  There have been a number of times (like at a race) where I have run with my ID or credit cards and had to tuck them in my running belt hoping that they wouldn’t fall out.  The jimmyCASE solves that problem and allows me to store my ID and cards securely with my phone without fear of losing them.  

The same idea goes for the gym.  Now you can just bring in your ID and money tucked in this fashionable and functional phone wallet case without worrying about having to lock your wallet up or leave your valuables unattended.  Totally off topic but I can also see this coming in handy when you’re in line at airport security and need to have your ID readily handy.   I always get so frustrated having to rummage through my bag or wallet to find my ID.  This case makes finding the necessary identifications or tickets just that much easier. 

The jimmyCASE is also reasonably priced- depending on the model you pick, they sell for anywhere between $39 and $59 dollars which in my opinion is totally worth it for the quality and convenience that it offers! 

With just these few tips keeping your valuables safe isn’t all that hard.  Just be sure to invest in a lock to keep your items secure, be smart about the locker you pick and when possible, stick to the bare minimum and just bring the essentials along.

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
Reply January 27, 2016

What a great idea! I don't belong to a gym anymore either but I always had a lock with me. I would get anxiety for the person who didn't lock up their stuff. Why?!?!

    Reply January 28, 2016

    I don't know because I almost had a nervous breakdown the one time I didn't!

Reply January 27, 2016

My husband works out at a gym and brings EVERYTHING!!!! and only a lock when he happens to remember.
So far he's been lucky but...

    Reply January 28, 2016

    Oh man that's lucky for sure!

Reply January 27, 2016

This is a great phone case! I would be worried that my money or cards would slip right out :( A running belt I used for a while wasn't "trustworthy" with its slits and open areas. I have since started using a belt with 2 pockets and zippers :) I feel more comfortable with all of my workouts with my phone and money/cards in a more secure location :) Great post!

    Reply January 28, 2016

    The elastic is actually really tight on the case- stays put without a problem, I was really impressed!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply January 27, 2016

Great tips! I have to admit that I don't use a lock when I go to the gym at work, but I probably should, just to be safe. I like the Jimmycase, what a smart idea!
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    Reply January 28, 2016

    I think it depends on the environment I was in- if I knew everyone I'd probably be less apt to use a lock but still better safe than sorry!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply January 27, 2016

Lots of great tips here. I try to take as little as possible to the gym with me, which is easy for me as I only live a 2 minute walk from the gym.

    Reply January 28, 2016

    That is awesome!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 27, 2016

I just wear absolutely everything that I own while I am lifting. Hey, that down coat has a lot of extra padding!

    Reply January 28, 2016

    Can't argue with that!

Crystal Renaud
Reply January 27, 2016

I like that case!!! That would come in handy for several things! Thank God for smart techies everywhere :) Happy Hump Day!
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    Reply January 28, 2016

    I agree- the case is really useful and pretty too!

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply January 27, 2016

That case is so clever! I don't belong to a gym but when I did I left everything but my keys in my car—and kept those keys in my short pocket the whole time.

    Reply January 28, 2016

    I do the same thing when I run!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply January 27, 2016

I've never seen those but what a great idea! I need to check them out. We always have to have our phones handy for those selfies. Thanks for the linkup
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    Reply January 28, 2016

    It is a great case- nice quality and very functional :) Thanks for linking up!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply January 27, 2016

Great idea! It's been awhile since I've done the whole gym thing, but I think I just didn't bring much with me. It's tricky! The phone case looks tricky!
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    Reply January 28, 2016

    Figuring out what to do with your stuff really is tricky!

Reply January 27, 2016

Great tips and This is a great concept. The only problem I have is if you lose your phone you lose all your cards if you keep them in there but thats with a wallet too. I guess I'm scared because it happened to someone I know.

    Reply January 28, 2016

    True but I am more likely to lose my wallet than my phone- maybe that's just me, haha!

Reply January 27, 2016

"and obviously gym selfies." LOL
I always have a lock, and will usually leave important stuff at home or locked up in my car, but the Jimmy Case is a great idea.
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    Reply January 28, 2016

    It's nice to have even when you're on the run and might need to carry money. Make it just that much more secure as opposed to stuffing it in a pocket!

GiGi Eats
Reply January 27, 2016

If I ever go to a gym... I always keep my back/jacket WITH ME! I don't use lockers - ha! I don't trust them!

    Reply January 28, 2016

    I know- so many people with sticky fingers!!!

Reply January 27, 2016

Theft is a huge problem at my gym. As a result people were leaving their valuables in their cars until the cars started getting broken into. Locks are supplied where I go but there's a coat-room and now coats are being stolen too. Sigh.
I keep my phone in a Spibelt. That is a cute case!

    Reply January 28, 2016

    That is CRAZY!

Reply January 27, 2016

My car was broken into at the gym and purse stolen at 10:00AM a few years ago. Can't be too careful with your stuff!

    Reply January 28, 2016

    Ugh. People suck!

Rachel @
Reply January 27, 2016

What a fantastic idea!! I don't trust lockers either, so this is a great solution for me!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 27, 2016

I've forgotten my lock before and it sucks! I usually just find a corner near the equipment and stash my stuff there. That way, I have my eyes on them during my workout. That phone case is cool for important things!

Reply January 27, 2016

Nice case! I just got a new phone and have to get new accessories for it.

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 27, 2016

I work at a gym, so all of my stuff is already stowed away. I've definitely run into that problem before, though, when visiting home and working out at a different place. I never carry a lock with me, either! This case looks nice because it's not bulky.
Thanks for adding my link :)

Whitney @ French Fry Runner
Reply January 27, 2016

Great tips! I always seem to forget my lock and have to lug my gym bag around. I need to work on just carrying the minimum! Thanks for hosting!

Reply January 27, 2016

Great tips! I did the same when I went to Utah and used a gym there and had no lock. Luckily no one took my stuff. The jimmycase looks cool!
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Autumn @AutumnPTW
Reply January 28, 2016

Pretty phone case! So glad that nothing of yours got stolen, that would been the worst!

Reply January 28, 2016

All of our lockers have built-in locks on them. You have to stop at the front desk for a key, at which point we take car keys in exchange. Crazy that the gym you went to didn't have locks...maybe this is common.

Sarah @ BucketListTummy
Reply January 28, 2016

Great tips. I'm always so scared about leaving stuff in gym lockers. Better to be oversafe and overprotective!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 28, 2016

Very cool case! I just had a friend who had her car stolen while she was at the gym because she put her keys in her jacket pocket, threw it in a locker but didn't LOCK the locker.....brand new BMW...

Reply January 29, 2016

That's very cool!

I don't belong to a gym either, so this isn't something I worry about on the regular, but I do really like that case!
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Celia at Chicago Jogger
Reply January 29, 2016

Great tips! I'm always trying not to pack too many things into my gym locker, but with winter coats and such it can be a lot to manage.
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Reply January 29, 2016

Really cute case and such a great idea! You can never be too careful. Breaking into cars (at the gym!) is very scary!!! WOW!!

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