What’s in my Gym Bag?

Let’s keep this fun and light for today’s sake. It is Tuesday and nobody should have to read a long paragraph today — but tomorrow I will have 5 long paragraphs for you to read … Just kidding! LOL (or am I)?

 

As a regular gym-goer (who attends the gym at least 5 times a week), I have to have my gym essentials– it is VERY important to me because hey, the gym is like my second home. Literally. 

 

Sometimes I find myself carrying a heavy gym bag and other times, I get lucky and it is light as a feather, but regardless, I ALWAYS have my gym bag with me when heading to the gym. What else?

 
 
  1. Deodorant –— because even though I apply it to my armpits before heading to the gym, I bring it just in case I need to reapply it after a shower, or if I happen to need to reapply it during a workout — I prefer to NOT spell like B/O if possible.
  2. lotion—— mainly because I don’t want to have ashy skin. I know we are there to workout, but I like to look decent. 
  3. Ipod-— because music if life and I need it to function at the gym for long periods of time. Our gym plays music but sometimes I’d rather to listen to my own playlist
  4. Headphones—– to keep people from wanting to strike up conversation with me because when I am at the gym, I am ALL about my focus and zone. I talk to people of course but very rarely and that is if I choose to talk to them first.. save the small talk for after the workout is my motto ALSO, because I like carrying extra pair of headphones in case mine break or lose them
  5. Deep Blue Rub Lotion — I bring this because it helps with sore muscles and cramping..so if I have soreness, I can rub some of this on before or after the workout and it works wonders.
  6. Ibuprofen-— I like to bring this over the counter medication just in case it is THAT TIME OF MONTH for us ladies or just as back up for any pain. 
  7. My written workout/workouts-— I bring this because I always have my workout for the day planned out ahead of time and record everything via pencil/paper. 
  8. extra clothes— If I want to change afterwards or maybe I am wearing shorts during the workout but post workout want to wear pants because it is cold outside, etc. I bring hoodies and jackets as well for the same reasons
  9. extra pair of shoes—I don’t wear my shoes for the gym outside, so I will pack my gym shoes and wear my everyday shoes
  10. socks— if my socks get sweaty or if I want to change into long socks for deadlifts, I don’t always pack socks but sometimes it is necessary 
  11. shaker cup—- I bring my shaker cup for drinking purposes obviously
  12. protein powder — I don’t always bring protein powder, it just depends if I have any on hand
  13. hat— I don’t always pack a hat but sometimes it is nice to have depending on the weather and if I did my hair or not.
  14. Cellphone — I carry this on me at all times in case of emergencies, etc & to tape my videos during my workouts
  15. Wallet— sometimes I like to buy things at the gym, so my wallet comes with me everywhere I go as well

I typically don’t take showers after my workout at the gym, I always go home to have my shower so I don’t have a reason to bring towels, wash cloths, tooth brush, etc.. with me.. 

 

So as you can see, I like to be fully prepared before heading to the gym. What do you carry in your gym back? 

 

Shay-lon 

P.S my gym supplies bands, belts, wraps, etc so those are things I don’t have to bring along unless I want to bring my own 🙂 

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Tip #6

Come to the Gym with a Plan in Hand

I am a huge advocate with coming to the gym with a “plan in hand”. Now for some of you, you already do this and for others of you, you don’t like having all the extra papers lying around or don’t like bringing your electronics to the gym with you BUT I am telling you, as tedious as it might seem, it is always better to come to the gym with exercises you already have planned out vs coming to the gym and having to pace around or stay on the treadmill until you decide what to do next. 

My course of action is written the night before or the morning of the workout as soon as I wake up, because typically I already have an idea of what muscle groups needs to be worked on or have a program I am following and so having it written down will allow me to stay accountable and also allow me to keep track of everything. I have two whole notebooks full of workouts and tons of random sheets of papers with all my workouts since day one of keeping track of my workouts – I am able to look back on everything I have done (but I also have another purpose intended for why I do this).

 

Sometimes in order to get results you have to do trial and error and keeping up with your workouts will be helpful to you in doing so. I even have to track my eating habits come Monday, so I have an app for that and I am debating on having a notebook for it but that might be a little redundant (but helpful if I lose my phone, etc) anyways, the point is, when you come to the gym prepared it lessens the time having to think about what to do and puts more emphasis on the actual workout time, it might help take away some anxiety, it allows you to remain accountable, it will increase your likelihood of sticking with a program, tracks your plateaus, allows you to make new goals for yourself, and in the long run might serve as an reward for all the hard work you put in! 

 

Do you track your workouts? how do you track them – paper or electronically?

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon