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Guess who’s back…back again?? I feel like I say that every time I go to the gym, HA! Actually I haven’t been to the gym much since my last Planet Fitness post because LIFE. I have been on vacation (which I have zero excuse for because there was a Planet Fitness in every town I went to and I totally could have gone to workout at any of them because BLACK CARD but I didn’t) and the weather has actually been nice here for a change, NOT 100*+, so Sophie and I have been taking our walks to the park and I have been getting my cardio in that way. Woohoo for outdoor cardio!!!
Also, I live on the third floor of my apartment building and there is no elevator, trust me when I say I get a pretty good workout in running up and down those stairs every time Sophie needs to go outside or I forget something in the car. I’m going to have buns of steel before too long y’all!!
So back to the point of this post, which I have’t even mentioned yet, my gym bag!! I decided to start working out after I get off work in the mornings for two reasons. One so I don’t have the excuse of not wanting to go back up and down those stairs again once I’m already home in the mornings (I work night shift so I get off work at 7am). And secondly because it’s not so crowded by the time I get there and it’s on my way home so….why not??
I have not one but TWO Planet Fitnesses I can potentially stop at on my way home so really I think that’s the best option for me. Plus I don’t have to worry about getting up early, taking Sophie outside, getting ready and driving to the gym, coming home, getting ready and then going to work. That’s just a HASSLE so morning workouts on my way home from work it is!!
The plus side of a morning workout on my home is that I get to pack a gym bag. I am an OCD, bag obsessed weirdo so I love getting all my stuff together and packing my gym bag up. Plus if my bag is packed and already in the car I really don’t have an excuse not to stop…HA! Gotta trick yourself sometimes y’all…
So today I thought it would be fun to share with you what I keep in my gym bag…let’s get to it!!
ONE. Gym Bag. I got this bag a couple of years ago and in true Ricci fashion I ordered it without actually getting out my measuring tape and it’s HUGE. It’s the medium size but I could have gotten a small and been fine. LOL! I linked the newer version of the bag since it’s cheaper! Despite it being HUGE I love this bag! It has a separate compartment for your shoes so they don’t touch your clothes and make them stinky and I’ve also used it for dirty clothes before when I’ve traveled with it! It also has lots of pockets to carry all of my little things…lock for my locker, bobby pins, hair ties, etc. I love it! And even thought this bag is HUGE it still fits in the lockers at Planet Fitness…LOL!!
TWO. Shoes. I got these Brooks last spring and I am obsessed with them! It is so important to get a good shoe to work out in so you don’t hurt yourself!! The Ghost 10’s are currently being discontinued but the Ghost 11’s are just as good. I have a pair of those for work and they are just as amazing! I did a post on my Ghost 10’s in the spring and I plan on doing a post comparing the 10 and 11 soon!!
THREE. Water Bottle. I have to have a water bottle with me when I work out and this one is super cute! I like using reusable water bottles because they are better for the environment and Planet Fitness has several water bottle fill up stations/water fountains throughout the gym so they make filling up the bottle fun! HA! The sweet people at Planet Fitness sent me this bottle and they must know me well because pink is my favorite color!!
FOUR. Face Wipes. I like to have a clean face when I work out, I just feel like working out in a full face of makeup is counterproductive for good skincare so I like to use these wipes to get all the makeup off my face! Thees actually get all the makeup off my face without being super harsh and they smell good!!
FIVE. Dry Shampoo. I pull my hair up when I workout and sometimes it’s too smooth/silky to stay up for very long so I give it a good spray with dry shampoo before I pull it up. It also doubles to absorb the sweat while I am working out…gross but true! And sprays clear so you don’t have to worry about walking around with gray hair. I love this travel size one, it fits perfectly in my bag and doesn’t cost an arm and leg!
SIX. Brush. Rarely do I actually brush my hair once it’s curled but I do like this wet brush for getting through sweaty hair…again, gross but true!!
SEVEN. Lotion. Pretty much any lotion will do but I have a few travel sized bottles of this one so that’s what I use!
EIGHT. Anti-Chafe Balm. During the summer I like to work out in shorts and since I am rocking some thick thighs (and proud of it!) I use a chafing balm on them so I don’t chafe and then get super sore and never want to work out again! HA! I grabbed this one on Amazon and it works but I’m sure there are others out there that are just as good!!
NINE. Hair Ties. I have tried many kinds of hair ties in my day but these are my current favorite. They don’t leave a crease, are pretty stretchy and yet still hold all my hair in place!
ELEVEN. Lace Up Leggings. Speaking of Lane Bryant I get most of my work out leggings there too! They have a wide, thick band that really holds everything in and don’t slip down not matter what you are doing plus they are just cute! I have this pair in both purple and black!
TWELVE. T-shirt. Let’s be real. You could honestly work out in any old t-shirt but I am obsessed with these men’s v-neck tees from Old Navy because not only are the super soft but they hold up well in the washing machine. I think most of mine I have had for 2+ years! Like a fine wine they only get better with age…LOL!!
And that, my friends, is everything that I keep in my gym bag!!
If you are looking for a new/different gym then I highly suggest you check out Planet Fitness. Yes, they are sponsoring today’s post but they are also amazing!! They have fantastic equipment, large locker rooms, lots of “extras” (massage chairs, hydromassagers, tanning beds, personal training, etc) and they are all over the place so if you travel a lot like me you can probably find one nearby to use!! I saw them all over Ohio when I was there!!
And if you have been thinking about joining but have been holding out for whatever reason you should know that Planet Fitness is offering a deal where you only pay 25 CENTS to join as a regular member and ZERO DOLLARS for a Black Card Membership (this is the one I have and the one you can use when traveling). This deal is good from September 7 – 14 so jump on it while it lasts!!! Then we can work out together…virtually!!
What essentials do you keep in your gym bag??