February 26, 2013

Training Tuesday: Gym Bag

While we're heading home from a fantastic Princess Half weekend, we figured we would get back to posting another installment of our Training Tuesday series.  I've started hitting the gym on my way home from work again partly due to working at a new client site and trying to attend some earlier evening classes.  I'm lucky as my home, gym and workplace are relatively close together, no more than a 15-20 minute drive between any of the three.  And while they're all close, it's not terribly efficient to bounce between them during the hours of heavy evening traffic. 

My gym has a Tabata class on Thursdays at 5:10.  The first time I attended, I didn't plan ahead very well and went home to change first.  I literally sprinted through my house to let the dog out, change into workout gear, and grab my bag.  I think I was out of the house in about 90 seconds and I jumped in my car (sneakers not tied) to bolt to class.  I was dead set on making this class and pulled into the parking lot on two wheels (ok, not quite...) and ran up the stairs (two at a time) to the group exercise room only to sneak in through the door just as it slammed shut behind me.  I was already out of breath when the class started.  Never again, I told myself.

Fast forward to the next week - I brought my workout clothes in my gym bag so I could go straight to the gym after work.  But I forgot a few things and wasn't terribly organized in terms of my gym apparel and "stuff."  Again, I told myself I wouldn't make the same mistake twice, so I've tried to remedy the situation.

I found an old, unused make-up bag in my bathroom cabinet and filled it with all of my essentials for the gym:
- Small stick of deodorant
- Several hair ties, bobbypins and clips
- Headband
- Shampoo and conditioner (small or trial size bottles)
- Trial size body wash
- Chapstick

Additionally, I've included a few more things in my gym bag in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag for those just in case days:
- Socks (not my best pair, but they'll do in an emergency)
- Clean underwear
Sports bra (not my best one, but will do in an emergency)



  1. This is a great list!! I actually did this Monday because I was going from the gym to school and forgot most of the things I needed! Oops!! Even your list has things I didn't think of! I look forward to using it tomorrow!

    1. Thanks Hilary. Glad you found the list helpful.

  2. It is hard to get organized with the stuff needed for a gym work-out-thanks for the tips!