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What’s In My Gym Bag {updated}

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I love “what’s in my bag” posts and videos, and it’s been a long time since I updated my gym bag post. Since I’ve transitioned into mostly going to the gym after work instead of before, I don’t need to tote around my entire morning routine anymore, which has helped me downsize what I carry around considerably. In the spirit of full disclosure (and also probably some humour) I didn’t clean my bag out or anything before I did this post so I’m sure there are some funny finds in here.

Bag: I picked this Apana bag up at Marshall’s for $29. It has a lot of compartments, which is great. I am not crazy about the color, but it met all my other wants, so it came home with me and I’ve been using it for about three months.

Gym clothes: usually a mix of about two sports bras, four shirts, mismatched socks and if – IF I’m lucky – I remembered to throw in some activity-appropriate bottoms. I forget to do this more often than you think lately, which explains the overabundance of bras and tops. By some miracle, today there are two pairs of capris. There’s also a pair of Injinji socks and some Crazy Compression socks as well.

Toiletries: deodorant, Vaseline, Bodyglide, mascara, face/body wipes, lipstick, lotion, perfume. Whatever will let me run out to an impromptu post-gym dinner date.

Wallet and planner: I’ve just been toting my gym bag to work as a purse lately. It works for now. This also means that 4/5 days a week when I haven’t remembered to bring my lunch bag home, there’s also a sandwich or sweet potato in here.

Hair accouterments: Sweaty Bands and extra hair ties. I never remember that the hair ties are in my bag, so they never get used.

Nutirtion: various snacks, protein, and drink mixes. Note the absence of a water bottle.

Injury support: Dr. Cool wrap, KT Tape, wrist brace.

Armpocket, iPad, earbuds: treadmill entertainment. (Unless the wireless at the gym isn’t working and I get wrapped up in an episode of Dateline that keeps me hooked for 45 minutes longer than I anticipated to run.)

(At least) two pairs of sunglasses and an empty sunglass case: I have no explanation for this. For some reason the glasses never make it to the case.

Target receipt: there is nothing in this bag that was purchased on that receipt.

Does your “gym” bag do double duty? What’s your must-have product?

I was provided a sample from Crazy Compression, Showerpill Dr. Cool, and Armpocket for review, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

Update, 5/15/14: I’ve been using this bag since early February, and after three months of use, the handles started to come undone. If you’re a heavy gym go-er like me, I wouldn’t recommend this bag, even though I still love the organization of it.

April 21, 2014

Dr. Cool Recovery On-The-Go {review}

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I discovered Dr. Cool Recovery On-The-Go wraps when I was having really bad knee problems, looking for a solution that didn’t involve me trying to wrap bags of ice onto myself (you can imagine how cute that was.) Dr. Cool are wraps that you can use frozen or unfrozen for extra support during a workout (or workday, if you have work-related pain.) This video gives a quick introduction:

The wraps only take 20 minutes to freeze, so when I received mine in the mail I tested it immediately, wrapping up my knee and elevating it while I watched USA hockey dominate Russia in the Olympics. Two benefits stuck out to me right away: since the ice was wrapped around and velcroed to me, I could just get up and do whatever I wanted without the production of shifting around ice bags, and the second was that with the wrap, you don’t have to use towels to protect skin from ice burn.

dr. coolAfter trying it on my knee, I also wrapped up my wrist and it was incredible. It’s so hard to ice my tendinitis because I’m not talented enough to balance an ice bag on my wrist, and my Dr. Cool wrap has alleviated so much pain. I use it two or three times a week at work now on my wrist, and as needed post-BodyPUMP on my knee. Like my also-loved KT Tape, the Dr. Cool website offers videos that demonstrate application for common injuries.

I absolutely recommend Dr. Cool to anyone who is stubborn like me and refuses to let pain stop me from a workout. The compression and ice wrap makes it possible to stay active, whether it’s lifting at the gym or going out hiking. They even sell a “Dr. Cooler” which is essentially a cooler to keep the wrap cool if you aren’t going to use it right away. (I’m going to try this out at Nike half and check it in my bag!) More info on the wrap:

Wrap what aches in a Dr. Cool Recovery-On-The-Go Wrap. Dr. Cool is the ONLY product to combine ice and compression in one flexible wrap. Dr. Cool wraps can be used dry as a compression wrap to support and protect various body parts during activities, or frozen to combine cold and compression to reduce swelling and speed recovery mid or post-activity. To use Dr. Cool wraps as a cold compress, simply wet the wrap then roll and freeze it; Coolcore’s patented material will keep the fabric colder, longer.

Be on the lookout for a giveaway featuring Dr. Cool (and many other cool products) soon!

How do you treat injuries, aches and pains?

I was provided a sample for review, but as always, all opinions are my own. But seriously – this is possibly the most life-changing product I have gotten to try! 

March 21, 2014

February Favorites

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It has been awhile since I have done a favorites post, so I thought I would churn a quick one out in case anyone is looking for some new products to try! (And this time I promise I won’t include the Palm Beach Cooler candle… if only because it’s not available anymore.)

fitleticbeltFitletic running belt – I have run my last three races (one 5k and two half-marathons) with this belt, and I’m crazy about it. The zipper pouch is the perfect size for my preferred fuel (PowerBar Energy Chews) and it will also hold my inhaler. The version I have is the single pouch with race number holder, and I have really liked not having to worry about hunting down safety pins on race day or centering my bib on my shirt.

beenchantedBath & Body Works Be Enchanted body lotion – Knowing my relationship with BBW and their scents, this will get retired soon. But in the meantime, I’m loving it. It’s sweeter than I normally use (I tend to go for the hotter, sexier, muskier scents) and normally prefer body cream vs. lotion, but they revamped their lotion formula and it’s thicker than it used to be for super hydration.

Bell’s Smitten – As everyone knows, I live for anything Michigan – especially beer. Bell’s is my favorite brewery, and I’m lucky to at least live in a state where they carry lots of their beer. When I showed up to catsit last week, I found a six-pack of their new spring seasonal and OH EM GEE it is phenomenal. I will not be found far from a bottle of this American Pale Ale until Oberon day. (February means it’s the countdown to summer beers!) Plus, I love the graphic design for this brew – the turquoise and yellow are a great combination with the flower to signal that spring is (maybe? finally?) coming.

drcoolwrapDr. Cool Wrap – I’m going to do a full review and giveaway of these next month, but after using mine this weekend, it has to make the list for a quick review. If you’ve been following along at home, you know I was diagnosed with tendinitis in September 2012, right before I moved for a graphic design job. Since then, I’ve been fighting the pain off and on using KT Tape, ibuprofen, and wrist braces. The Dr. Cool wrap is like many other support braces, except that you can use it dry or freeze it for extra relief. It’s been a game changer for me already after testing it on both my wrist and my knee.

What new discoveries have you found lately?

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Disclosure: I received some of these products as samples to review, but all opinions are my own!

February 19, 2014