Workout Essentials | What’s In My Gym Bag?

My Fitness Essentials -


How I Stay Organized and Prepared for my Workouts

Uncharged headphones. A broken hair tie. No energy. No food. Forgot my watch. The many excuses I’ve given myself to either not start or finish a workout. When I made the change to AM workouts, I knew that the only way I’d follow through was if I organized myself the night before so I knew ALL of my gym essentials were ready to go. So today I’m sharing with you my workout essentials and all the items that make my gym bag complete and prepared for every workout!

Workout Essentials -
LuluLemon Out of Range Duffel *33L : My first suggestion when getting into a fitness routine is to get a gym bag that fits your style! For me, functionality > beauty for all things fitness related. I wanted to make sure I got a classic bag that could fit all my necessities without being too cumbersome. I LOVE my Lulu duffel bag for the gym – it’s water-repellent, lightweight, and it can double as a weekender bag. BUT with that said, there are SO many options that are great quality at a lower price (linked at the bottom of this post). So just find a bag that suits your needs!


Blender Bottle : I remember when I would judge the meat-heads in the gym carrying around these shaker bottles. But now I get it! They’re SO practical and versatile. I mix my pre-workout in this before I leave for the gym, and then I refill it with water several times throughout my workout (STAY HYDRATED!). It’s also great for a post-workout protein shake!

Alani Nu Pre-Workout : I look forward to drinking this every single morning. It’s SO tasty and gives me the exact amount of energy I need without the jitters or a crash. Best flavor? MIMOSA!


Fitness Tracker : Did you even workout if you didn’t track it? I’ve had my Apple Watch for almost 3 years, and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I love that it tracks my steps, calories burned, activity levels, and heart rate. It’s what motivates me to be active! I can’t say it’s better or worse than any other fitness tracker, but it’s what works for me.

Wireless HeadphonesIf you own wireless headphones, you know how much more efficient a workout can be when you don’t have to worry about a string connecting from your head to your phone. I love my Powerbeats Pro, but Amazon also has so many inexpensive options with great reviews!

Resistance BandA leg day STAPLE. I use mine at the beginning of every leg workout as a warm-up to initiate glute activation and then throughout my workout to add resistance.

Hair Ties/Bobby Pins : You know that moment when you think, “Alright hair tie, you’ve got this. You’re flexible. You can do it. Just wrap around my ponytail ONE more time.” Then BOOM. Hair tie snaps. Just do yourself a favor and keep backups on hand.

Adidas UltraboostsI’ve mentioned these many times before, so I’ll try not to be redundant. If you’re looking for the best shoes for cardio AND weight training, look no further! They run about a half size big, so size down!


Cosmetic Bag + Makeup : It took some time to curate my gym makeup bag since I wanted to keep my “gym makeup” separate from my “at home makeup”. I keep this in my gym bag at ALL times so that I don’t have to worry about forgetting something at home. If you’re wondering about all the products that live in here, check out My Everyday Makeup Routine post!

Hair Dryer : I also wanted to have a hair dryer just for my gym bag (without spending an arm and a leg). You’ve probably heard about this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, and it’s just as good as everyone says it is! True life: I don’t take a full shower after my AM workouts. I just don’t have it in me to get up any earlier than I already do! SO with that said, this is great for drying the sweat from the roots of my hair (gross, I know). But WARNING: this thing gets HOT, so be careful if you have fine hair like mine. Regardless, I still love using it – especially for that price tag of $36!

Hair BrushBest hair brush, hands down. I own 2 full size versions and this cute mini one!

DeodorantI’ve used roll-on deodorant for years now. It’s the ONLY thing that works for me!

Body Cleansing WipesIf you’re an AM workout showerer, good for you. But if you’re like me, do yourself and everyone around you a favor and get some of these to use post-workout!

Facial Cleanser : ALWAYS wash your face after a workout! Major key for good skin!

Perfume : Lancôme has the best perfumes IMO, and I love keeping a rollerball in my gym bag!

Dry Shampoo : The best dry shampoo at the best price. Enough said!

Protein Bar(s) : These are great for post-workout snacks or as a healthier dessert option. My number one favorites are Fit Crunch, but I also love Power Crunch and Quest too! SO YUMMY.

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For me, the first step to getting fit is getting organized! I hope this will help you in preparing for your next workout. Have the best weekend!

xoxo, Katie

Wife. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Lover of sushi, Prosecco, and the Tennessee mountains.

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