My new favorite gym bag {Apera review + giveaway – closed}

So you guys remember my Friday Favorites from a few weeks ago where I showed you this super cute new bag that I got? Well, that happens to be the tote sling Apera bag in the best color ever – pink!


They were nice enough to send me one to check out and review for the blog. I have been on the look out for for-ever for a new gym bag. My old one, that I have been using for 10+ years, was in dire need of an upgrade. And when I saw this bag, I knew that would be perfect.


I had a few criteria.

#1. Not too big. It’s a fine line for a gym bag – you need it to be big enough for all your stuff, but you don’t want it to be too big so that you are lugging around a bag big enough that your workout begins before you even get to class, right? This bag is perfect. It is big enough for 1-2 pairs of shoes, my water bottle, music, towel, and a bunch of little things that are needed (batteries, chapstick, pens, hair binders, etc.)
#2. Lots of pockets. #necessary
#3. Pink! I know, I am so predictable, but it just makes me happy.
#4. Place for my shoes. –> now that I am a spin instructor, I often have tennis shoes + cycling shoes. So I need a dedicated space that  I can put my sweaty shoes.

#5. Water bottle holder – a few weeks before I got this bag, I had a water bottle “incident” because my old bag had no specific place for one.
#6. Cross-body style – sometimes Luke comes with me to play while I am teaching and carrying him in and out of the YMCA is a two hand job. So, I am a huge fan of bags that can be worn cross-body style.

The bag arrived on a Wednesday night and I didn’t waste anytime. That baby came to the YMCA with me that night to teach BODYPUMP.


And it is now my designated gym bag.

It has a few awesome additions that make it the perfect bag:

All Apera Bags have:

** antimicobiral product protection to help prevent the growth of bacterial odors on the bag
** vented compartments
** wipeable lining
** washable inset

I am even thinking I will have to get one for our next diaper bag!

Also, I loved it so much and it was the perfect size, that I emptied it out and made it my carry-on bag for our trip to Maui.

#tooearly #needcoffee


It worked really well. The shoe pockets held an extra water bottle and fruit. There was more than enough space for my laptop, magazines, book and snacks. And all the extra pockets came in handy for the little things that need to come along when you travel – and of course, to hold my chapstick. My only complaint about it was that I loaded it up pretty good, so after hauling it around the airport for an hour waiting for our flight, my shoulder was a little sore. . .but that was probably my own fault given how much stuff I had brought along. #girlproblems And that’s what husbands are for. . . #amiright


Scott was carrying it through the airport security line and the lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said “tell your husband I really like his pink bag.” Winking smile 

AND I have a giveaway for R4C readers too!! Awesome, right?

Apera bags is giving one lucky R4C reader an Apera Bags sprint pack.

There are 3 ways to enter. Please make sure to leave a separate comment below for each entry.

–> leave a comment below telling me what you would put in your new Apera bag.

–> Tweet the following with a link back to this post: I want to win an @aperabags sprint pack from @runs4cupcakes *insert link*

–> Like both Running4Cupcakes and Apera Bags on Facebook 

The contest closes at midnight on March 18th and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. If I don’t hear from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll pick someone new.

Good luck!!!

Want another chance to win a free Apera bag?

–> Apera has their own giveaway each month, where they will be giving away a free Apera bag to one winner. All anyone needs to do is sign up for their email newsletter. At the conclusion of each month, they randomly draw a name from those subscribers in our email newsletter database to select their winner.  A new style is selected every month!! Head over to their website to sign up!!

**I was provided the Apera Bag sling tote in exchange for this post. But as always, opinions on R4C is 100% my own!**


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54 Responses to My new favorite gym bag {Apera review + giveaway – closed}

  1. Terri

    I would put all my running gear plus snacks for me and the littles!!

  2. That is definitely what husbands are for 🙂

    I would put my yoga mat towel and water bottle in that cute bag for sure!!
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  3. What an awesome bag! I’m in need of a new one, too. I’d put all my favorite gym goodies in there- sweat towel, deodorant, water bottle, you name it!
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  4. Jackie

    I’d put my sneakers and all my accessories like my heart rate monitor and iPod in the bag!!!

  5. Ashley

    I would use my Apera bag for carry on goodies on our upcoming trip- snacks (duh!), travel Yahtzee, and magazines! I would also probably use it for to and from work everyday!

  6. Katie

    I would use it for race packing!

  7. I would definitely use this as my go-to gym bag- shoes, kickboxing gloves, water bottle!
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  8. I would put lots of things in my bag! I need a new bag to keep in my car for my clothes and sneakers for my runs after work before picking my son up at daycare
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  9. I liked both on Facebook 🙂
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  10. What a cute bag!!! I’m a bit obsessed with bags 🙂 I would put my workout shoes, boxing gloves, towel, water bottle and wallet in this bag!! Hope it would all fit.
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  11. I liked you both on facebook
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  12. What a fabulous bag! I’ve got one of the big clunkers, I’m in desperate need of something different! Mine would carry my CrossFit shoes, powerlifting shoes, water bottle, protein supplement and jump rope… and probably still be less bulky than the one I have.
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  13. Liked both pages on Facebook, too!
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  14. …. and tweeted!
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  15. Ree

    I love it! I’ve been looking for a new cross-body bag for my carry-on when I travel. This may be it. For travel, it would hold my magazines, iPad and my travel socks (my feet always get so cold…) 🙂
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  16. Melissa

    I’d use to to bring my running gear with me when I travel so i have it all in one bag.

  17. I liked you and apera on facebook

  18. I would definitely load my bag up with deodorant, shoes, change of clothes, sunglasses, protein and pre-workout powder, a shaker and sunblock! It’s getting a little nicer out, so I’m hoping to have a bag to take to the park for fun activities.

  19. A woman can never have enough bags… 😉 I would put Spark and my gym shoes and my laptop and my water bottle AND SO MUCH MORE in this beautiful bag!
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  20. I tweeted 🙂
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  21. I like y’all on Facebook!
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  22. Wow- love the bag! I love the cross-body style. I would put my running and spinning shoes in there!
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  23. laurel e

    My workout notebook and water bottle!

  24. laurel e

    Liked you both on FB!

  25. Amy

    since right now I put my spin shoes in a lululemon bag, and then carry my purse into the gym….I would say I could definitely use this for my gym stuff! (plus it’s super cute!)

  26. I think I would use this mostly for weekend outings, day trips, and other travel. I love that it has the water pouch area because I ALWAYS have my camelbak on me! Such an adorable bag!
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  27. I tweeted too!
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  28. RJ

    Such a practical bag for every day! I’d fill it with my water bottle, the lunch I pack daily, my shoes, and any “homework” I take back and forth to work.

  29. Love it! It looks like it would make a great diaper bag when baby arrives this summer. I refuse to carry a “real” diaper bag!
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    • KT

      Oh man, I totally agree – whenever we decide to have another baby – I am getting another one. .probably in black so Scott can carry it more. 😉

  30. Stephanie

    Perfume, deoderant, a brush and my iPad are musts when going to the gym!

  31. Stephanie

    I tweeted 🙂

  32. Stephanie

    I liked you both on Facebook!

  33. Kelsey

    The bag looks super versatile! I would use it for my gym stuff- sneakers/yoga mat!

  34. Calli

    I would use it for the gym and the beach!

  35. it would be a versatile bag used for the gym, when i teach Sunday school at church and need my manual + props, park/picnics – now that the weather is finally warming up and library books bag.

  36. i like you both on fb!

  37. All these bag reviews… I’m pretty sure I am in love! I have yet to master packing a gym bag with everything for both a workout + a shower/getting ready at the gym. This bag looks like it has plenty of room for all the stuff I bring! Love it!

  38. I certainly can always utilize another bag and this one looks amazing!
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  39. I liked you guys & tweeted too! If I won the bag, I would stash my swim gear and healthy snacks for post workout refuel in my new bag. I can’t fit it into my regular gym bag. I have too much stuff!
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  40. Oh, already follow you on FB and I tweeted your giveaway!

  41. OMG a GIANT PINK BAG? Have we both died and gone to heaven? Love the pic of Scott carrying it (and that lady’s comment–HA!).
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  42. I love the pink color, too!! I’d use it to haul my running shoes, magazines, earbuds, and chapstick (a must for my gym bag!).
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  43. CARRIE

    I would put my workout pants and sports bra in my bag if I won… but I am not going to lie… I will probably use it as a super awesome diaper bag on long flights with my 10 week old! 🙂 Super easy to clean and HEALTHY!

  44. CARRIE

    I tweeted …

    And liked you and apera bags on facebook …. Carrie Lemm Baehr

    PICK ME! 🙂

  45. Katie M

    I’d put my yoga stuff/post-yoga stuff in my bag: yoga towel, shower towel, clothes, toiletries, shoes…

  46. Katie M

    I Like both Running4Cupcakes and Apera Bags on Facebook.

  47. Theresa J

    I would use it to carry my shoes, water bottle and snacks

  48. Ash @ Ash's Right Direction

    I want to win 🙂 come on midnight – I just tweeted it 🙂

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