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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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

A popular recipe that has many people’s attention is the overnight oats, I found a fun recipe on Pinterest that I think many of you will like – it comes packed some protein so definitely awesome for some of my athletes out there. I, have not had the chance to make my own overnight oats, but I keep so many recipes of them because I hope to at some point be able to create my own because they look so good! Yumm 🙂 I have had many of my friends who swear by overnight oats and say they make for a great breakfast or post workout snack as well, so definitely a plus-plus there. If you love peanut butter and banana, then you will be excited to try this recipe. 

 

Ingredients needed:

 
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/2 of a small to medium size banana (sliced)
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk or your milk of your choice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of protein powder
  • 1/2- 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp of pure maple syrup
  • dash of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all your ingredients into a small jar (such as a mason jar) 
  2. Stir well
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at the bare minimum of 4 hours
  4. You can eat this chilled or warmed up and if you choose, garnish with peanut butter or more bananas. 

If you are looking for mason jars at a decent price, check out this link: 

Definitely will come handy for when you want to stock up for meal planning, this link comes with 12 🙂

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Phase Two: Week Six|Day 37|Six Weeks To Shreds

Day 37.

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute bench step ups

Workout:

  • Barbell shoulder press: 4 x 2-5. 75 lb (seated) (1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • DB shoulder press: 3 x 2-5, 60 lb (seated) (1 minute kettlebell swings- 8kg  between sets)
  • Standing DB upright Row: 3 x 2-5, 50 lb (1 minute sprints between sets)
  • Barbell squat: 4 x 2-5, 155 lb (1 minute box jumps between sets)
  • Barbell deadlift: 3 x 2-5, 155 lb (1 minute med ball slams- 10 lb between sets)
  • Leg press: 3 x 2-5, 180 lb (1 minute mountain climbers between sets)
  • Standing calf raises: 3 x 4-5 ( 1 minute lateral bounds between sets)
  • Seated calf raises: 3 x 4-5, 180 lb (1 minute skipping in place between sets)

My left knee was not in pain today and for the past couple of days I have been taking glutamine with my protein shake after my workout (which I will explain what glutamine is in another post) and it has helped quite a bit with my muscle recovery. The barbell shoulder press was hard today, that is the heaviest i have lifted while seated and I have to give myself credit because it wasn’t easy by any means. My barbell squat was good, I took my time with it because of the past few days of my knee being dumb and it worked out okay. The leg press, I could have gone higher with 2-5 rep range but didn’t today so.. honestly, I should be hitting 370 for that range .. by now for the leg press. I like that this program implements calf exercises because many people overlook them!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

Let me know how many of you take a glutamine supplement? also, let me know do you implement calf exercises in your workouts?

 
 

Quest Protein Powder|Review|Peanut Butter Flavor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HofwCY38taA

This is my review on a product that I had gotten while at the Arnold Classic. 

I am going to continue to reviews , tomorrow will be one on a pre-workout (but will also continue with my vlogging and workout videos as per usual on YouTube) 

If any of you have tried this particular product, let me know what you think in the comments and feel free to share this video on social media!