Does it take you long to decide what to bring to the gym? Well in this blog, I’m going to talk about all of the essentials that you should throw into your gym bag, mostly for men (sorry ladies but I’m not sure I’m interested in what you throw into your gym bag (TMI)). Most of these things are items that you need besides your normal
essentials like tanks, shorts, sneakers, headphones, etc. You go to the gym to look and feel good, so why not bring that mentality into the locker room and beyond. I’m going to help you categorize your bag and include everything that you’ll need in order to feel refreshed and clean post workout and more.
Most gyms and health clubs already have towels, shampoo, conditioner and body wash available for you in the locker room, so you can count that out of your gym bag, unless your picky and prefer your own shower essentials, if so, feel free to throw them in your bag. You can go to any pharmacy and buy the travel size ones.
Gyms can be very dirty and filled with bacteria. People are constantly touching all of the equipment and god knows what else, so I like to throw in a bottle of purell or some kind of antibacterial wash. It’s important, especially during this time of year.
The next is a MUST! Let’s be real, you STINK when you’re all said and done. If you choose not to shower (gross) or even after your shower, spray yourself down with some body spray. You can go with the ever so popular Axe, or a brand of your choice. Just include it. You may or may not need it.
One of my favorite things that I include in my gym bag is hydrocolloid bandages for when I get blisters on my feet from running or on my hands. You can find them at any pharmacy and I promise you, they will be worth the $5.
You sweat a lot don’t you? Well sweat usually clogs pores and causes oily skin, which causes acne. Let’s prevent that acne. Go out and buy some pads or a cleanser (oil free) to remove all that dirt, oil and dead skin. Some people recommend Astringent toner pads (Men’s Health), but it really doesn’t matter all that much. Ask your dermatologist.
DEODORANT. Need I say more? Trust me. Before and after is more than enough. Don’t be shy.
Hair gel &/or a comb. I don’t usually put this in my bag because I go home after the gym, but if you go out after and want to prop up your hair, be my guest.
You don’t want warts on your feet, do you?
I didn’t think so. So do yourself a huge favor and pick up some cheap flip-flops. It will go a long way, I promise you that. They sell them for $10 at CVS. Don’t be gross.
Socks. It’s always a good idea to include an extra pair of socks just incase your current ones stink, or you loose them or they get wet. Your feet are very important, especially at the gym. Take care of them.
Plastic bags. Most gym have plastic bags available in the locker room, unless you belong to crappy gym, but just in case, throw a few cheap supermarket plastic bags in your bag. You don’t want your stinky, sweaty, wet clothes stinking up your bag, do you?
Also, don’t forget to buy a lock. Most gyms don’t have locks for you, so that would suck if all your s*^t got stolen.
I also have a jump rope in my bag at all times. My gym doesn’t have them, so when it’s not crowded, I like to jump rope in-between sets on cardio and core days. It’s a great thing to have and it doesn’t take up that much room.
The bag itself is also very important. It needs to be comfortable and light but also big enough to fit everything. I have a puma bag that I bought at Equinox about 2 years ago. It’s great, but a little annoying because the strap sucks and it’s pretty uncomfortable. It does the job and fits everything. I recommend the lulu bags if you’re not strapped for cash. They are huge and very comfortable, but a bit pricey. But if you’re looking for something cheaper, you can go to any sporting goods store and pick up something sufficient.
Hope this helps. And if you think I’m missing anything, please hesitate to contact me because I probably don’t won’t wanna hear it.
So, as I continue this trend, I want to share another amazing healthy recipe with you. I’ve been making this for the past 2 weeks and I love it.
I LOVE pancakes, especially syrup, and found an amazing recipe online for PROTEIN Pancakes. I put my own spin on it and it turned out amazing!
Here’s how I make it:
2 eggs (adds consistency)
2 egg whites
1 scoop of chocolate whey protein (Vanilla is good too)
1 scoop of cacao (Super food antioxidant that gives it a rich chocolate taste)
1 scoop of oats (Good carbs)
Pinch of cinnamon (Tigers hate cinnamon, they love pepper)
A few drops of skin milk to add some fluffiness (not a necessity)
You can then blend it all together or whisk away in a bowl. Whichever is more convenient for you.
When it’s all said and done, I like to add some greek yogurt and bananas to the top of my pancakes. I also use low sugar/carb grade a maple syrup that I got from whole foods. Now remember, its still pretty high in sugar (17 g per serving) so be gentle on it.
It’s a great breakfast and/or post workout meal. I make mine with about 40-50 grams of protein, not including the greek yogurt topping.
That’s enough. I’m starving now. Gonna go make me some pancakes!
Until next time…
Peace. Love. Protein @CP