Personal Essentials For The Gym Bag

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This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Lately I’ve been updating what’s in my gym bag because I’ve found I need more things as time goes on. I used to just bring a towel, keys and my phone with earjacks, but because I have to quickly go from place to place I’ve been bringing a few more items in tow. I thought I’d share what personal care items I bring with me aside from a Towel and my gloves.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogDeodorant and Anti-Chaf Balm

When I think of working out, Deodorant is the first and more important thing for me. No one wants to work out next to someone who smells like an onion. It can be very distracting! So I make sure to bring extra just in case I forget in a rush at home. Lately, I’ve been using Dove at home, but keep a travel sized Secret Outlast in my bag for emergencies and touch ups.  I also just found out about Body Glide! I finally have been getting the confidence to wear shorts while I workout, but I have larger thighs and them rubbing together is no so comfortable when running.  Just rub it on anywhere that may rub and voila — your skin is protected with an invisible barrier.

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I rely on wipes just as much as my toddler does! Wipes are life, people. They are so easy and convenient to use.  I have several packages of these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes for my purse, gym bag and car and they have a nice clean scent to them. I feel like I can go straight to my daughter’s swim class and not smell like a foot sitting next to the other parents. And HELLO, face wipes are so important for the acne-prone like me. I still get breakouts, but wipes significantly cut down on the dirt and sweat left on my face and give me a little extra time before I can get home and do a real wash. These Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes ones are perfect for me during the drier winter months when my skin feels tight, but needs to feel fresh and clean.

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I have a extremely hard time working out if my period hits and I’m not prepared. Since I’ve been ramping up my workouts, my cycles have jumped by a week at a time and hasn’t quite settled on its new date yet. If I’m caught off guard and don’t take some Pamprin as soon as I know it’s coming _ basically become useless. I like the multi-symptom version the most because it helps with pain, irritability and bloat – all things that make me a miserable person for a few days — UNLESS I take something for it. I usually order them from along with my sugar free chocolate chips. Let’s be real, they’re all necessities. 

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My lips have been super dry lately and I tend to breath through my mouth when I workout so I need something for my lips so they don’t dry out. I sometimes just swipe a tube of my daughters Aquaphor but when I want something a little less messy I stick to my Coola Liplux which isn’t waxy, goes on smooth and has a nice scent to it. And I just discovered Seriously FAB Sunscreen Facial Mist which is actually meant to be put over makeup – but I like the easy application before a quick park run. It has an SPF 25 and has a nice fine mist so I just let it “air-dry” instead of touching my face more. I love having something SO lightweight when I run.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogDry Shampoo

Can you believe I only started using dry shampoo maybe a couple months ago? Seriously – WHERE HAVE I BEEN? This stuff seriously helps give my hair a little bit of life between washes. It won’t work when you have a sopping wet ponytail but once it’s dry you can spray and finger rake it through for some body — I love it. I cycle between Dove and this one from Batiste.

Do you have any of the same things in your gym bag? Did I just reminder you to add a few more? Let me know in the comments below.

Fitness Goals for 2018

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just finished a two week long fitness challenge and at the end of it all I shared what I learned over the course of that challenge. I’ve actually had a few people ask me what I’m looking to get out of all the “fitness-y” stuff I do and I think talking about it makes me more accountable for my (future) actions. So here we are, in the beginning of a new year and I thought I’d put it out there on the interwebz what my fitness goals for 2018 are.   I hope that my aspirations help inspire something in you!

The obvious. Lean out and Muscle up.

To be quite honest, before having my daughter, I thought I had my ideal body. I was very lean, but I realize now that I didn’t have the muscles that I love having now. I may not have my “goal” body, but I’m happy with where I’m at and where it could go. Leaning out (and building muscle) will come from working on my diet, but it will also depend on my workouts. Aesthetically, I want boulder shoulders, a tinier waist and my hamstrings to be more toned. The backs of my legs make me really nervous about wearing shorts — but I bought some shorts and I’m hoping to wear them soon!

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The specific. I want to improve my deadlifts, cleans and pull ups.

I’d never touched a barbell in me life until I started working out at my gym. It was just an area of my other gyms that I NEVER ventured into because I had no idea what I was doing and never thought lifting weights was for me. Now? Well, now I get EXCITED when I see that exercises using a barbell are included in the days routine. I love doing deadlifts because they make me feel super strong and work so many body parts. And cleans kinda scare me, and I don’t do them perfectly — but I’m getting there! I remember when I was a kid and pull ups weren’t a big deal at all — now at 36 it’s a big deal! I know I can get these, but I need to practice a lot to get there. 

The not so obvious. My confidence levels.

Working out gives me a major mood boost. I think a lot of people would assume that my confidence levels are way up there. But we all have our insecurities, we just don’t all talk about them because well, they’re our insecurities! So for me, I want to have the confidence to pick up heavier weights without having my trainers tell me to do so. Not question if I can make it through a class. And wear the damn clothes that I please (bathing suit (and booty) from 2014, I’M TALKING TO YOU!)

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The not so interesting. My breathing patterns.

There is no doubt about it. I’m a mouth-breather and it seriously hinders how well I do when I’m exercising. I can nearly hyperventilate and have to stop. I’ve tried so hard to focus on my breathing these last two weeks and I don’t feel I have improved. If anyone has any tips on how to get enough air through my nose and out through my mouth, please share!

The crazy. I want to do a Spartan Sprint.

My trainers do it, and they’re pretty badass, and I want to be bad ass too! I’m never sure when I’ll be ready for it, I think it’s just something you have to say, fuck it, and just try — but damn. I’ve watched videos on YouTube and there are a few things that I can’t quite do yet, like pull myself up a rope, or scale a wall, or carry a bucket of rocks god knows how far! This is when I feel like I have a booty that weighs me down like an anchor and I need to beef up my upper body strength. I still have OC Fit games to work on and I think that’s a great starter contest for me to do.

So those are just a few of my fitness goals for 2018. I’m hoping I can nail all of these things over the course of the year. They all have difficult aspects to them that will require dedication, constantly pushing myself, and more importantly, knowing when to pause. I’d love to hear what some of your fitness goals are for 2018! While you think about those, feel free to check out my fellow bloggers posts on what their goals are — you never know if you find someone who might spark something in you!

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What My Fitness Essentials Are

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Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated to workout, but I find it’s easier when you love what you’re doing, and have the right gear to put your best effort into it — whatever you may be doing! I thought I would share what my fitness essentials are to get the best workout.

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Heart Rate Monitor   – MyZone 

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I use something called a MyZone heart rate monitor and I wear it for a few reasons. First, I get an accurate look at what my heart rate, and effort level is. I also find out what my calorie burn is which is useful information when you are figuring out your macros for losing weight. Mine is a chest strap that I wear under my clothes while working out, and all the data is sent to my phone when I’m finished to give me a whole breakdown of how my workout went numbers-wise. I know that WHILE I’m wearing it, I constantly check my numbers to try to stay “in the red” — basically, maximum effort so I get the most out of my 45 minute class. If I don’t hit my numbers by the end of class I stay there doing burpees until I do which could be an extra 5 minutes.

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Fun Clothing – Fabletics, D’tinas and Champion

Feeling like I look good while I workout truly helps me stay motivated! I cannot workout in stuff that doesn’t fit right, or makes me self-conscious. I also like to have lots of options because I may need anywhere from 7 to 10 different workout outfits for the classes I take. I’m someone who likes my leggings/capris to feel tight and “hold me in” and my tops need to be sleeveless because I get hot and want to rip everything off if I wear anything with sleeves. My favorite leggings are the Salar from Fabletics. They have good compression, and comes in both capri (mid-calf) or full length leggings —and is 100% squat proof. I do the bendover test in every lighting possible to make sure. It’s something I’m weird about. If I think you can see my crack, I simply cannot focus, haha.  My other favorite brand is D’tinas. They have super customizable workout pants (lengths, color, patterns) and I just bought myself two more pairs to add to the three I already own. These can come with a scrunch booty, which imo makes things look just a touch better back there!  For sports bras, I can get away with getting the Champion ones from Target as long as they have thin straps. I love the look of Fabletics ones, but haven’t tried them yet. By the way, I don’t have a Fabletics subscription — I buy them off Poshmark at a discount because WHY pay full price when you can get them for waaay cheaper and brand new with tags! And good socks are important too. I like low socks but if they fall down in your shoe it can be super annoying. I usually buy a pack of no show Champion socks that have rubber inside the upper heel so it stays put.

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Comfortable Shoes – Nike In Season 7 

I recently treated myself to new shoes and I still look at them with love when I put them on. I tend to stick to Nike for training/running shoes because not only do they feel good on, they look pretty cute too.  My latest pair are the In Season 7’s with a color-changing swoosh. Basically it’s slightly sparkly and shows all the colors of the rainbow depending on how the light hits them. I like that they’re super lightweight and work for both training and running. 

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Nalgene Bottle  

I get super thirsty when I workout and always need to have something drink or I “feel like I’m dying” as I usually put it. I’ve been trying to get used to using a gallon container for the amount of water I drink per day, but I tend to just refill a 32oz Nalgene bottle a couple times a day. They’re super durable and won’t break if it gets tossed or dropped and can withstand lower rack dishwashing. You gotta get your water in order to feel good and have a great workout, so a water bottle that is of practical size will help get you there.

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The Stick  

If I don’t feel sore the day after a workout, then that means I didn’t work hard enough. I’m not saying you should be in crippling pain the next day, but I should feel that stiffness when I get out of bed in the morning at least — usually it’s way more than that though. To help with muscle soreness I found this magnificent little tool called “The stick”. This slightly flexible baton looking thing rolls out muscle soreness in the best way possible. By rolling it out, you spread out the lactic acid buildup and help lessen the chance of doms (delayed onset muscle soreness). It feels SO good to use this at night time and you find unique ways to roll your own back and arms. I did used to have a foam roller, but I chose one that was too dense and hurt everytime I tried using this. The Stick is much easier for me to use and I would recommend this for anyone who has muscle soreness.

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Weight lifting gloves  Harbinger FlexFit Weightlifting Gloves 

I noticed that after a few months of doing my bootcamp classes that I was developing calluses and my hands would really hurt during class. It felt like I was playing on the monkey bars and getting burns on my hands and I’d have to stop more to give my hands a break. It was finally time for some gloves. Gloves are great because they protect your hands from burns and calluses, and help you get a good grip on your weights, or protect you hands from the floor. I have a couple pairs of these gloves because they fit well, have some cushion, and don’t feel restricting on my hands. I can toss them in the washer/dryer at the end of the week, and they stay in good condition for about a year.

Good Music

I have no idea how anyone workouts without music. Music is everything to me! It gets me pumped to workout, it keeps me on beat and helps me push through when I’m really tired. I keep playlists ready on my phone, but I also use an app called Soundcloud also.  I also use an app called soundhound so if I hear a song I think I really like and don’t recognize it can listen to it for me and figure out what it is so I can buy it.

My fellow beauty bloggers have shared what their top fitness essentials are also — just hit the links below!

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