Don’t worry, male readers, this post may be sponsored by a tampon company, but it doesn’t involve intricate period details or require you to go buy a box of them for your girlfriend. On a side note, why do most guys find that so embarrassing?? It’s not like the cashier is going to think they’re for you…
Anyway, while I don’t go to a traditional gym, I’m always running around between different studios (to both teach and take classes), and keep a bag with the essentials in it ready to go. Since I don’t have an office job and pretty much wear gym clothes 24/7, I only carry around a small bag and don’t have to worry about showering or packing a change of clothes. What’s inside changes with the season and my fitness routine, but if I were to dump out my gym bag right now, here’s what you’d see:
Spin Shoes | About a year ago, I bought a pair of spin/indoor cycling shoes, and it was the best purchase ever. They’re made with hard soles and clip into the pedals on the bike (versus strapping your sneakers into a pedal cage), and if you take indoor cycling classes frequently, they’re totally worth the purchase.
Tampax® Pearl® Active™ | You’d think that by age 26, I’d have mastered this whole period thing, but I still manage to be surprised by it every month. Most gyms and fitness studios will have tampons in the bathroom, but I just feel better knowing I have a few on me. I love this tweet from Chrissy Teigen on the topic (she is hilarious to follow on Twitter, FYI):
Everyone thinks girls hate other girls and while that may sometimes be true our tampon bond is strong. Someone will ALWAYS. HAVE. A TAMPON.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 9, 2013
I’ve always preferred Tampax® Pearl® because the applicator is so much more comfortable than cardboard, and Tampax® Pearl® Active™ is great because it has a SlenderFit™ applicator that’s 20% slimmer. And I never worry about them while working out because of the absorbent Backup Braid™ and FormFit™ protection (the way they expand)—no leaks!
Grippy Studio Socks | Although I prefer to take Lagree Fitness classes barefoot, I typically wear grippy socks while teaching. That way I can demonstrate moves on the machines, and have something on while I’m walking around the wood floors during class.
Interval Timer | For the Tone ‘n Torch class I teach once a week at Btone (half Lagree Fitness, half HIIT), I frequently use an interval timer. Because I have a couple, I now just leave one in my gym bag at all times so I don’t risk forgetting it.
Headphones | Not only do I NEED music if I’m going to go for a run, but now that I teach spin, which is so heavily dependant on the playlist, I like to constantly be listening to and searching for new tunes—walking to and from class, while I write, running errands, etc.
Pen & Paper | All the workouts I post to P&I start as little scribbles on a piece of paper. I’ll write down an idea for a workout (maybe I’m bored sitting on the T or do a killer exercise combo in a class that I want to remember to recreate), and then try it out next time I feel like working out at home. When I’m done, I’ll jot down little notes, maybe make a couple adjustments to things I didn’t like, and then save the piece of paper for when I’m ready to shoot and write up a blog post for it.
I also like having a pen & paper around for when I hear a song I like for spin class—I’ll jot down the name and something like “hill song—heavy 8ct jumps with seated push during the chorus” so I can remember to go back to it. Basically, I have scraps of paper littering my gym bag, apartment, car—everything.
Hair Ties & Head Bands | I’m sure this one isn’t surprising—so necessary when you have long hair! Nothing is worse than getting to the gym and realizing you don’t have a hair tie with you. I’ve resorted to rubber bands and even a shoelace one time to try and keep the mane in place and it’s no fun.
Water Bottle | Plastic water bottles are, like, so 1995. Invest in a quality, BPA-free water bottle and you’ll get years of life out of it while doing your small part to reduce waste. I’ve had the one pictured since college!
Wow, I can’t believe I got through an entire post sponsored by Tampax® Pearl® Active™ without quoting Mean Girls (you know the quote I’m referring to). Teaming up with them was a no-brainer—I already had this exact tampon in my gym bag before they sent me a box!—and Tampax® was a pleasure to work with. Just had to end with that because they were beyond accommodating through the rough few weeks I had at the end of August, and it was so appreciated.
Now your turn: What’s currently in your gym bag?