Day 2 of prep for #fitmamabikinichallenge is Gym Bag Essentials! Be prepared and nothing can stand in your way. Ok, that’s a lie. A lot can get in your way. But with a gym bag packed and ready to go, that’s one less thing to worry about. I keep mine in the car with the these essentials:
*Planner: my planner has a sticky note on each day with my workout on it. That way I can grab the sticky, attach it to my phone, and hit the weights.
*Lip Balm: Does it drive anyone else nuts when their lips are chapped?!
*Shaker: I use this for my water and my post-workout protein shakes. Make sure to wash this EVERY day or it will start to smell like a stinky old sock.
*AboutTime Single Serving Protein Packets: Both for post-workout and when I am starving. Nothing kills a workout like hunger pains.
*AddieUp Energy and Concentration Pills: A must have for increasing your focus and energy during your workout. Take them before you hit the gym.
*Iphone and headphones: Kind of a given right? Music and earbuds. I can’t use those noise-cancelling earphones because the daycare pages me over the sound system. I do, however, turn my phone on airplane mode so I won’t receive texts/emails/phone calls. This way I can focus on my workout with no interruptions.
*Workout band: Don’t see one in the picture? That’s because Hudson threw my most recent one in the toilet. At the gym. Gross.
*Hair elastics: I seem to lose at least one a day, so extras are a must.
*Beta-Alanine: I add a pinch of this to my water before my workout. I could go into the science of it but simply, it helps me train harder for longer. (You can get this and the Protein at 25% off with code “HAPPILYHUGHES”)
*Tiger Balm: All-natural version of Icy Hot. Great for sore muscles and aches.
*Boo-Boo Gel: I have one of these at home and the gym. A healing balm for scratches, blemishes, bruises and blisters.
*Hand Sanitizer: Gyms are SO dirty! Just ask my poor workout band sitting in the toilet.
I love BioFreeze, too. Great tips!
I have a lip balm and hair elastic in every bag and purse I own!! Love the sticky note workout idea!
Great ideas! I have to carry lip balm with me wherever I go also 🙂
These are great ideas!! Some of these I never thought of.
Keeping your gym back prepared is SO important. I'm big on most of these, but I also ALWAYS stock my bag with face wipes. I generally go to the gym after the office so I want to make sure my day's grime and makeup is off my face before I start sweating!
I totally need my lipchap with me working out too. It drives me nuts when my lips are dry.
This post just reminded me to write my workout down in my workout log (which I keep in my gym bag), so thank you! I have a lot of similar stuff in my gym bag. I could use some boo boo gel for sure. I also always keep an extra pair of socks in my bag in the winter because the snow puddles can soak through my shoes and leave me with wet feet!
I like to have deodorant, a small towel, a protein bar, some bandaids and extra socks!
You can never have too many hair ties! Never!
Great tips! I agree… you can never have too many hair ties! 🙂
I ALWAYS have to have chapstick with me when I work out. Especially if I'm on the treadmill. If my lips are even a bit dry, I go insane.
Hand sanitizer is a must have. I always feel so germy after the gym. I always carry extra hair elastics and headbands.
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