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20 Exercise + Gym Bag Essentials

Since I’ve been getting pretty consistent with exercising and dieting again, I wanted to share some of my favorite things that have helped me shed a few pounds! All of the “Gym Essentials” are things that I absolutely can’t workout without. The “Gym Bag Essentials” are mostly things that I like to take with me to the gym, but are used after the workout. I have a lot of products to tell you about, so I’ll keep this short and sweet and get right into it! 


Gym Essentials -



Pre Workout: Six Star Explosion - Icy Rocket Freeze

Link: https://amzn.to/2TdBCxi

This is honestly the best pre workout that I have ever used. It tastes amazing. I would still drink it even if it weren’t a pre workout. Aside from that, it gives me a lot of energy and focus throughout the entire day, but doesn’t make me sick, anxious, and jittery (unlike a lot of other ones I’ve tried). Best pre workout ever. Honestly. 


Waist Trainer

Link: https://amzn.to/2X99wEI

This link isn’t the exact waist trainer that I have because I got mine at TJ Maxx, but I did some research and I still think this one would be great. It is extremely adjustable and pretty cost effective, especially compared to the other ones. I love these because they make you sweat so much - even if you’re doing low impact workouts like walking! I’ve stopped and started using this multiple times before, but every time I start using it again, I’ll notice a difference by the end of the first week that I use it. 


Apple Watch Series 3

Link: https://amzn.to/2zLvIN2 - It’s on sale! 

Honestly one of the greatest things I’ve ever purchased. I can track my fitness super easily, read/respond to texts, answer calls, control Spotify (especially helpful during a workout), and so many other things. You can pretty much use any app on an iPhone on the watch.. Email, weather, camera/photos, alarm, etc. 

Also, yes I’ve tried a Fitbit (Versa 2). I didn’t like it at all compared to this. It’s basically just a fitness tracker. If you have an iPhone you can’t answer texts/calls with a Fitbit. You also don’t have many apps, no camera, etc. Doesn’t compare at all, in my opinion. 


Nike Run App

You can get this on the apple watch or an iPhone. You can track your runs, have “guided runs” with trainers, and more. On the watch, it tracks the avg speed, time, miles, calories, heart rate, etc. Awesome app! My favorite for fitness. 


Airpods 

Link: https://amzn.to/2LAcUmy

I never wanted to buy these. I thought it was extremely stupid to buy a pair of headphones that were over $100. I was so wrong.. They are also one of the greatest purchases I’ve ever made - I honestly can’t live without them anymore. I actually lost a pair and had to buy a second because I was so addicted. (Yes, I am embarrassed.) But these are so helpful for any exercise you’re doing. My favorite thing about them is that you can call people hands free. I love being able to walk and call whoever while getting a good workout in. I’ve also never seen wireless headphones that match the same sound quality as Apple, and I’ve tried multiple cheaper versions. 


Airpods Case

Link: https://amzn.to/3g73eyb

Remember how I said I lost my AirPods? Won’t be doing that again. This is such an inexpensive product that can end up saving you so much money in the long run. When I head for runs (or leave to go anywhere, really) I pin the case to my keys, but you could always attach them to a purse, backpack, etc.  


Music (Spotify)

This is self explanatory, but I wanted to add it in because music is a complete game changer when it comes to working out. I will be 100x more motivated to workout when I’ve got some good music on. Actually, most of the time, I honestly don’t workout if music isn’t involved.

I love Spotify because they already have so many playlists ready for you to choose from. They even have a section of playlists made for working out. On top of that, they give student discounts and are partnered with Hulu. So.. Team Spotify. I said what I said.


YouTube Videos

Chloe Ting: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChloesAddiction

Pamela: https://www.youtube.com/user/PamelaRf1

I’ve really gotten into YouTube workout videos since quarantine started. I asked for recommendations on Instagram as to who to watch, and I saw Chloe Ting a million times. Then, one day, I randomly looked up a dance workout and came across Pamela. I love both of them because their videos are pretty short but impactful - so if I don’t have time, I’ll be satisfied with doing 1 or 2, but I can also do them 3 or 4 times for a really intense workout. 


Yoga Mat

Link: https://amzn.to/3fYK0KR

This isn’t the exact yoga mat that I have because I got mine at TJ Maxx, but I liked this one because it was cheaper and had a strap. Yoga mats are extremely versatile. Obviously, you 

can do yoga.. But you can also do at home body workouts, stretching, and more.  


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Gym Bag Essentials -



Deodorant 

Link: https://amzn.to/369m1nP

Okay, I get it.. You probably have your own deodorant. I just wanted to share this one with you because it has worked wonders for me. It’s a gel deodorant that doesn’t make your armpits wet, doesn’t leave any white residue, stops me from profusely sweating, and keeps you smelling fresh for so long. Yes, it’s a “men's” deodorant, but this specific scent is definitely on the feminine side of their collection. Game changer, I promise. 


Brush

Self explanatory.. Just bring one. 


Dry Shampoo

Link: https://amzn.to/2XbqHFF

I heard somewhere that if you put dry shampoo in your hair before a workout, you won’t even need to wash your hair after. I’ve only tried it once or twice, but I agree! I linked this specific one because it’s the best dry shampoo I’ve ever tried, it smells good, and it’s super inexpensive. 


Body Spray

Again, self explanatory. Don’t smell.. Just bring some. 


Hair Ties

Link: https://amzn.to/3cJh7QU

I recently discovered this type of hair tie and they are amazing. They don’t put kinks and creases in your hair and i’ve noticed a lot less breakage since using these! I’ll never go back to using the other kind again. 


Makeup Eraser

Link: https://amzn.to/3cOCjVO

You never want to wear makeup while at the gym - that’s like asking for a breakout! I recently stopped using makeup wipes because I found this amazing alternative through a Boxy Charm box. You just wet the cloth and it takes all of your makeup off. (I still wash my face after, just like I did when I used wipes.) I love this product because I’m not putting harsh/drying chemicals on my face, it’s great for the environment, and you can use it like a million times over. You have to wash the cloth in the washer every few days, but you’re still doing laundry anyway.. So it’s pretty easy! Worth the money.


Shower Products, Towels, Clothes, Skincare, & Makeup 

This obviously depends on if you shower and get ready at the gym, but I figured I’d add this in as a reminder for the people that do! Just a little tip, I always brought my shower stuff in a plastic bag so it wouldn’t get the rest of my stuff wet. 


Water Bottle

Link: https://amzn.to/2ACYoYZ

Drink your water!! Even if you aren’t going to the gym, you should still be drinking tons. This water bottle is insulated, around the same size as mine, and has 4 different lids to attach. My advice, don’t spend a bunch of money on a Yeti when you can get the same type of product for half the price. I have a Yeti.. They aren’t anything special. 


Prepared Snack

I usually eat before I go to the gym, but if I have somewhere to go immediately after, I bring a snack. I typically bring a pb&j (whole wheat bread and natural peanut butter). It’s filling, quick to make, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I know it’s not the healthiest, but it checks all the other boxes.. You win some, you lose some. 


Ibuprofen/Bandaids/Pain Reliever 

I just always keep an extra bottle of this in my bag, just for emergencies. Never know when you’ll have a blister, cramps, or soreness! 

Fitness/Goal Notebook 

Link: https://amzn.to/3bDdTgh

I understand that I am obsessed with any planner or Notebook on the planet, but I really do think that this one is worth the money. It helps you realize your goals (in many different aspects of life) by giving journal prompts, and then allows you to effectively plan them out through the months, weeks, and days. 

It’s worth every penny in my opinion because it actually helps me stay accountable and motivated. You can write what you ate, what workouts you did and when, and track your progress. 


So that’s all of my favorites! I hope you’re able to get a good checklist out of this and find a few new products you like! Which ones are your favorite? Let me know! 


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