Have you ever found yourself at the gym without a hair tie? Or even worse – deodorant? If you’ve ever suffered one of those facepalm moments don’t fret, you aren’t alone!
As someone who spends a few hours a day in the gym teaching and working out, there are essentials that I always have with my in my gym bag. It’s taken a bit of trial and error to figure out just what all I need, but everything I’m sharing today is an essential – as in I never head to the gym without them!
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My Gym Bag Essentials
A lot of my physical prowess comes from Daddy, which is why I am so physically strong. I’m built like a man – which sadly means that I also sweat like one. I don’t typically need a towel when I’m lifting upper body, however whenever I hit legs or do any kind of cardio I’m pretty much dripping sweat after 10 minutes. And let’s not even get started on how much I sweat during my HIIT class. Needless to say, a fresh towel is essential for me!
Because of what I just said above, I’m pretty much always needing to replenish my hydration stores. I typically drink at least 32 ounces of water while I’m at the gym, sometimes more depending on what I’m doing and how hot it is!
Extra Hair Ties
Have you ever seen those women who workout with their hair down? I don’t know if they just forgot a hair tie or what, but it pretty much drives me bonkers every time I see it. How on earth can you focus on working hard in the gym if you’ve got to keep pushing your hair out of your face?!
I keep countless hair ties on me at all times just in case mine breaks or one of those crazy chicks with the flowing locks needs one.
Headphones / Music
I thrive off of good music. I work my best with it, I write my best with it and of course, I work my hardest in the gym when I have it. I am very meticulous about my workout playlist and set it up in a way that builds in tempo so that it motivates me and pushes me throughout my entire workout. I also have “dedicated” songs for specific movements and workouts – my more inspiring songs and uptempo tunes always make an appearance during leg days or an intense HIIT circuit!
I truly can’t say enough about this product. I actually used Biofreeze® way back in my high school soccer playing days when it was only available through a doctor, however it is now available at all major retailers, which is freaking fantastic. Biofreeze® products are just as effective as ice for treating pain, but with no need for actual ice or any drippy ice bags – talk about the perfect convenience for on-the-go pain relief! Also, both the spray and roll-on Biofreeze® products are fantastic for in the gym – there’s no need to use your hand to rub it in!
As someone who took plenty of Advil in high school to chase away muscle pain, I’m thrilled that Biofreeze® Pain Reliever products are a safe and effective alternative that are non-systemic, non-narcotic, and contain no NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), salicylates or addictive substances.
Typically I will either spray on or roll on Biofreeze® before my workout to help ease some of the muscle pain and soreness from the day prior. It was also an essential part of my recovery when I tweaked my neck not too long ago – it provided fast-acting pain relief, something that I was in dire need of!
No one wants to be the stinky kid, right? 😉 Because I do two workouts – a lifting session followed by my HIIT class, I make sure to have deoderant so that I can re-apply after lifting and before class, if needed.
Most days I go from training the morning class, to lifting and then to taking the mid-morning HIIT class myself. That’s a long time to be at the gym without fuel, which is why I always make sure to pack snacks! Depending on what I’m lifting and what the HIIT class looks like, my “snack” might be more of a meal, however I always have at least a banana with me.
So there you have it, just a few basic essentials that I never go to the gym without!
What are your gym bag essentials?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.