Modal Concept Tote: The Gym Bag Reinvented

As a new mom with a full time job, I have to make the most of every moment. In order to start working off those last pregnancy pounds before summer arrives, I have been hitting the gym next door to my office at 5 a.m. The other morning I was totally in the zone and lost track of time. When I finally glanced at my watch and realized I had only fifteen minutes to change and get into my morning meeting, I was frantic! As I ran around the locker room trying to get myself together, I dug through my gym/recycled diaper bag, and I realized I had not packed a dress shirt. In fact I had not packed any shirt except the one I had worn to the gym. It was my husband’s oversized t-shirt that someone had bought him as a joke, and I just happened to grab that morning. It said, If squats were any easier, they’d be called your mom. Yikes!

I stood there for a moment in sheer terror as I realized I had no option but to wear my ridiculous and sweaty shirt. There was no time to go buy a shirt. I tried flipping the shirt inside out but the inside of the white cotton tee had pretty visible pit stains. I even asked the one other woman in the locker room if she had a spare shirt that I promised to return to her. She looked at me as if I were crazy and shook her head No. There was nothing else to do but gather my stuff and head to work.

When I entered the office, I quickly explained my situation to my supervisor who kindly let me borrow her jacket for our morning teleconference. However, the rest of the day I had to march around in my heels, dress pants, and ridiculous t-shirt. I tried to carry papers and files to hide myself, but the snickers and comments were endless.

When I arrived home after my long day, my husband watched me as I came in and raised his eyebrows as he saw my shirt. “Was it casual day?” he asked with a smirk.

After my embarrassing ordeal, I decided to get a bag that would keep me organized so no such mishap would ever happen again. The answer to my dilemma was the Modal Concept Tote. This stylish bag has everything a busy woman needs to get to the gym then on with her day.


The pockets are water resistant and subtle so I can toss my car keys and some cash in there without worry.

I use my tablet to track my calories and check out new exercises which means I always have my tablet with me at the gym. This tote has a quilted soft touch lining that provides padding for laptop or tablet storage. I can toss my tablet in with everything else I need.


Like many women, I travel most everywhere with an arsenal of hairstyling tools. However, it can be tricky to pack them up when they are still hot. There is a pocket in this tote to store your hairstyling tools while they are still warm! This thermo pocket means not having to fret that a fire is starting in the trunk of your car because of that straightener in your gym bag.

After I peel off those sweaty clothes, the last thing I want to do is stuff them in a bag alongside other clean items and zip it up in a bag with no ventilation. The Modal Concept Tote has a pocket for soiled clothes which is moisture resistant and large enough to hold your shoes too. The vented material promotes air circulation to avoid any lingering workout aromas.


The bag also has straps for your oversized or space consuming items like a towel or yoga mat.

The convenient organization allows me to get to the gym then off to work without having to haul a suitcase with all of the necessary items.

The Modal Concept Tote is available at Best Buy. Free Shipping on orders $35 and up or free store pickup!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

25 thoughts on “Modal Concept Tote: The Gym Bag Reinvented”

  1. This looks like an awesome bag that could hold so much. I love the zipper compartment at the bottom.

  2. This bag looks like a very stylish and useful bag. I’m a triathlete, so I would need 3 of these to replace my giant gym bag. But I do travel quite a bit and this looks like a perfect travel bag for me.

  3. He that had happened to me, it would be top of my list of embarrassing moments. Bummer that the other lady in the locker room didn’t have an extra shirt with her. At least you found a cute bag and a better way to be organized because of what happened.

  4. I really like the compact styling of the bag. I like the shoe compartment in concept, but I wonder how much of a struggle it would be to open and close easily with a full bag.

  5. This is definitely a bag made with the working women who exercise before work in mind! This baf could almost be used as an over night bag!

  6. I totally need that! I’m always a mess with my yoga mat, trying to keep my clothes organized. I tend to forget things too!

  7. Okay I’m sorry but I’m totally rolling at that shirt; sorry you were stuck wearing it all day but it makes a great story! I love that bag, and it will be a relief not to have to worry about a mishap like that again!

  8. I love the idea of a bag with a spare spot for my shoes. When I worked outside of the home I would often walk on my lunch break. This is perfect for that. Even though I work from home now I still would love this bag.

  9. I’ve got this tote, too and love it! It’s so roomy and really is an all-purpose, anything bag. A great Mother’s Day gift!

  10. The shoe compartment at the bottom got me sold. This is exactly the type of bag every woman needs for before or after work trips to the gym. Plus it’s so cute and stylish…perfection!

  11. I love that is has that secret compartment at the bottom! That’s a great place to put your gym shoes!

  12. I love the color! That is one gorgeous looking bag! Lots of room too. Would love to pick one of these up. Would come in handy!

  13. To say I need something like this is an understatement. I am in the gym 4-5 days a week and often have errands to run or a classroom to volunteer in after my workout. A roomy tote like this would be amazing!


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