Friday Five: What’s In My Gym Bag?!

Happy Friday peeps and Happy Race Day Eve for all my ZOOMA Annapolis runners!!  I am looking forward to some FUN tonight and what is shaping up to be a beautiful day for a race 🙂

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

Today’s Friday Five we asked the question, “What’s In YOUR Gym Bag?!”  I can’t wait to read the posts on this one!  Please join me, Cynthia and Courtney as we delve into the good, the “bag” and the ugly (see what I did there?)  DC_linkup

For starters, there are definitely more than 5 things in my bag.  The contents also tend to vary based on the focus of my workout (cardio, strength, yoga, etc).  So, I am skipping the sort of “obvious” things like shirt, pants, sports bra and shoes (besides, I’m a shoe hoarder and I couldn’t pick just one, the other pairs would be jelly!)     WhatsInTheBag

1. Lip Balm.  For some reason I cannot keep enough moisture on my lips, regardless of the weather (so if anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears!)  But, my favorite lip balm is without a doubt, Burt’s Bees.  I buy them in packs and keep one in every purse, bag, jacket (and car) that I own.  It’s a sickness really.


2.  Face wipes.  Since I’m on the Burt’s Bees bandwagon I use their moist towelettes immediately post workout or run.  It can take me several minutes to get home and settled for a shower so I make sure to have a pack always in my bag.

3.  Water Bottle.  I love Camel Bak’s and have a few of them, but also have random label water bottles strewn about the house (ok, not literally).  But like lip balm, I keep one everywhere. On my desk, in the car, on the nightstand, coffee table, gym bag.  I drink water like it’s going out of style. (never)  CamelBak

4.  Recovery Snack.  Much like the towelettes, it can take me awhile to get home and settled post workout.  Showering is the first thing I do when I enter the house so sometimes food needs to wait.  While I’m traveling home I like to keep a snack handy to tide me over and start the recovery process.  Lately I’ve been loving Kind Bars so always have them on hand.  Kind Bars

5.  iPod.  Duh.  I cannot get through a gym workout without my tunes!!  Ok, I could but I don’t wanna.  I recently bought a new iPod Shuffle (do you sense the blue theme here?) as it’s easier than dealing with an armband or resting my phone on the machine.  I love making fun playlists based on my workouts.  ???????????????????????????????

What are some of your gym bag essentials?  Anyone running or racing this weekend?  TGIF!!!!

56 Comments on Friday Five: What’s In My Gym Bag?!

  1. I also need to keep chapstick with me, especially when I run in the winter! And Kind Bars are the best post-workout food! If my list could have been longer those two things would have definitely been on it 🙂
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: The Five Things In My Gym Bag!My Profile

  2. I am addicted to lip balm too ! Too funny. No races this weekend…. we are going to a wedding.
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Friday Five : five things in my gym bagMy Profile

  3. The lip balm was a good add! I do have it my bag but forgot to mention it!
    Coco recently posted…Gym Bag EssentialsMy Profile

  4. Also addicted to chapstick when exercising! My gym bag does not have anything very exciting!
    Pam recently posted…Friday Five: Things in my gym bagMy Profile

  5. Ahh I always forget about my lip balm. I also keep a recovery bar in my bag – forgot about that one!
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – Things in My Gym BagMy Profile

  6. Looks like great weather for the race!! I love lip balm too, but my current favorite is Chapstick Vanilla Cupcake. I swear it’s like having a bit of cupcake. I suspect every chemical in creation is required to make it taste so good, but….yum!!!
    April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere recently posted…Friday Five Linkup: Five Things In My GymbagMy Profile

  7. I am addicted to chapstick too but the Cherry Chapstick brand. I can’t use anything else! I have never seen those wipes…I need to get some of those!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Things in My Gym BagMy Profile

  8. I put chapstick on me before every run when I run from home. I don’t know if it is a necessity or more of a habit. Good luck this weekend at the race!
    Meranda@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Fit Runner in FlightMy Profile

  9. Christina | May 30, 2014 at 8:15 am |

    Lip Balm YES!!!! I also need to remember to add that to my hospital bag as babys due date is getting closer !

  10. I love the wipes and also have some in my bag. I am a hazard to the environment so I always have my smartwater. Can’t wait to see you in Annapolis tonight!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…5 Essentials in My Gym BagMy Profile

  11. Burt’s Bees is da bomb!!! I have their powder in my race day bag.
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Friday Five: What’s in my gym bag?My Profile

  12. Oh I totally need to get those Burts Bees towelettes. I love their products. Right now I use my toddlers baby wipes. Huggies anyone? LOL. An iPod shuffle is a great idea. When I am out solo I love to have my music but armbands are so ANNOYING! I think one of my nieces/nephews may have one laying around I can borrow (keep)
    MJ recently posted…Friday Five Link Up: Five Things In My Gym BagMy Profile

    • I won’t lie, until I discovered them I do keep baby wipes in the glove compartment of my car (I have no babies). Yes, I tried with the arm band but in addition to being uncomfortable – runners tan 🙁

  13. I recently tried Kind Bars for the first time and they are FANTASTIC. I think they’ll be a perfect recovery snack for after the gym or a run. Plan to pick up more for that very purpose.
    John @ run. geek. run(disney) recently posted…Five Things in my Gymbag – Friday FiveMy Profile

  14. I love Burt’s Bee’s, and didn’t know they have wipes. I must get some! I always bring some kind of bar with me too, for the ride home! Love love Kind bars.
    katie @ fromicecreamtomarathon recently posted…Friday 5: Things I take on a long runMy Profile

  15. I pretty much have the same stuff….minus I don’t actually have a gym bag. Is that weird? I need to get my game together dang lol
    Kels recently posted…Boston City Survival: Train EditionMy Profile

    • lol, not weird at all. And my gym isn’t that far away from my house so sometimes I don’t even bring it and always have the essentials on me. Coming from work is a different story 😉

  16. ZOOMA JEALOUSY! Have so much fun down there this weekend! And I’m so glad you talked about water bottles because I really need a good one to take to the gym with me.

    ~ Your fellow lip gloss addicted friend
    runsaltrun recently posted…Wrapping up zero week & the Friday Five!My Profile

  17. I am SO bad at keeping a packed gym bag, but keep a lot of those items in my very large purse. I never leave home without chapstick!
    Jolene recently posted…Friday Five – My Treadmill AffectionMy Profile

  18. recovery snacks! a must!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Five Things In My Gym BagMy Profile

  19. Have a great race! I’m also a lover of lip balm – you can find them everywhere in my house and in all of my bags. If I leave the house and don’t happen to have one, it’s a very upsetting day haha. Great list… all things I also enjoy 🙂 I like Burt’s Bees lip balm, but have never tried their towelettes. I’ll have to add that to my list of things to try. Have a great weekend!
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…friday five: five things in my gym bagMy Profile

  20. I don’t actually go to the gym (I know, gasp!) but only because I live in the land where I can workout outdoors pretty much year-round.

    I recently wrote this post about my 5 Running Essentials (which would be in a gym bag if I were running from somewhere other than my home) The sunscreen I featured is the BEST I’ve ever used… Enjoy!
    Karen @The Wellness Scientist recently posted…My Liebster Award: Sharing the Blog LoveMy Profile

  21. I should look into those towelettes! I also have a lot of water bottles, and sometimes they ARE strewn about the house! I just want to make sure I can hydrate whenever 🙂
    Michele @ A Pace of Balance recently posted…My Gym Bag is All Mine!My Profile

  22. Girl, I use straight up vaseline in the AM and PM and it helps a lot! Have so much fun at ZOOMA tomorrow!
    Lindsey recently posted…Friday 5: What’s in my Gym BagMy Profile

  23. Sunscreen is a must for me, even on my lips! Thanks for hosting!
    AmyC recently posted…Five Gym Bag Summer Must HavesMy Profile

  24. Love KIND bars! I like the nutty ones a lot more than the chewy, square ones. Thanks for hosting!
    Nikki @ grab your kicks recently posted…Five Things Friday 5.30.14My Profile

  25. I have a camelbak that I love, but it’s too big to run with. Do you hold a water bottle while running?
    Aimee recently posted…Friday Five: What’s In My Gym BagMy Profile

  26. Snack – yes, I also need snacks right away! I love Kind bars but haven’t been eating them lately because of my son’s allergies, but sometimes I eat them strategically (at work, etc.).
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?! recently posted…Friday Five: What’s In My Gym Bag?My Profile

  27. i love KIND bars. i used to have them delivered in bulk via amazon but my dog walker would then leave them on the coffee table and sasha would eat through two boxes and eat them. true story. lol!
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Things in my Gym BagMy Profile

  28. YES! A fellow lip balm fanatic. I have multiple is all my bags, jackets & my car and yet I some how will find myself at some point during the year without one when I desperately need it. THE WORST.

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