Lunch Boxes, the Weightlifter’s Man-Purse


You don’t think about how important a lunch box is until you go without one… because you lit it on fire… and got melted plastic all over your girlfriend’s glass table…

Sooo anyway! If you were the cool kid in grade school, chances are you had a sweet Scooby Doo, Batman or Star Wars lunch box. Sadly, that gimmicky shit isn’t going to work anymore if you want to become remain the coolest kid at the gym. (Not that you take a lunch box to the gym, that’d be ridiculous.) However you DO take one to work or school or whatever you do during the majority of the day, and that lunch box is directly affecting how cool you are and your gym cred. But what kind of options does the modern man have, exactly?

Option 1: Now if you’re working with kids and want to make them laugh, or solving mysteries with a stoner and his dog in a van, then this lunch box will be perfect for you. Of course, it’s a good thing you’re solving mysteries  – because this lunchbox isn’t going to hold enough food to maintain any sort of gains.

Option 2: Personally, I like a larger insulated lunch box that can hold the multitude of protein snacks and two lunches I take to work. I need to know that my lunch box will keep them cool, keep me looking cool, and won’t break my budget. After hours of exhaustive searching on Amazon, I came across the Birugear Durable Deluxe in a 13.5” x 10” x 10” size. Beyond this point if you wanted any larger you’d have to get a cooler, or a fridge. (Though I will admit that carrying a fridge around might be a great whole-body exercise.)

On a daily basis I load this lunch box up with three ice packs, a 32oz shaker cup, 2 yogurts, homemade nut & date bars, 1-2 plasticware containers of clean lunch food, a few protein snacks, and a 32oz water bottle. I still have room to spare after all that and the lunch box keeps everything perfectly cold over the course of the work day.  As a plus: the cell phone pocket perfectly fits a tin of Altoids for that post-lunch breath.

While there are more bodybuilding-specific lunch boxes -marked by an unreasonable number of compartments- available on the market, it’s hard to beat something as simple as the Birugear Durable Deluxe. Not to mention I’m left with more money for the important stuff, like protein powder…

-Matt