Work it

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Since I've been going to and from the gym at least 4-5 days a week the past 4.5 months, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite workout essentials with you.

The bag: I use my Lo & Sons OG bag when I'm going to the gym, a photo shoot, or traveling. There's a separate compartment inside for gym shoes, a laptop, and anything + everything you may want to bring with you. I can't tell you how much I love this thing. Functional and chic!

Water bottle: I've been using a bobble but just lost it and plan on getting a vapur bottle unless you have any suggestions for me.

Sports bra: I almost always wear the Lululemon engage bra but on days with less impact I'll wear my energy bra. And then there's the ta ta tamer which is perfect for high intensity workouts.

Wrist wraps: These are essential for weight lifting!

Tops: I recently bought the Lulu run swiftly shirt and love it! I'll throw it on after a workout when it's a bit cooler out and am waiting to wear it when we run outside in colder weather. I love my new swiftly tech racerback (bday gift from Alaina). The scoop me up tank and no limits tank are great for weight lifting days, but not supportive enough for running or box jumps if you are larger than a B. And finally, the cool racerback has always been my go-to shirt.

Shoes: These Nikes are my favorite shoes, but they don't work for weight lifting. I bought these Innov-8s (in black) and within a week or two, these pink Reeboks came out. #thiswouldonlyhappentome. They are on my wish list because a. they look a lot more comfortable than the ones I currently have and b. they're pink.

Coconut Water: I occasionally bring coconut water to help me recover after a tough WOD.

iPhone: I am usually on gchat/answering emails while traveling to and from CrossFit and will record my PRs/workouts on my phone when I'm done. As you all know, I really like tracking my progress!

Lip Balm: I usually apply Burts before and after a workout. My lip balm addiction is ridiculous.

And yes–I got my 4th PR in 5 days yesterday! 70 lb 3 rep push press. I did two reps with 75 on the bar but just couldn't get it up a 3rd time. I'll get there! I am so ridiculously sore but it feels good!

What are your workout essentials?


  1. I used to always buy Target workout clothes, but I've recently started upgrading because I've been running 3-4 days a week for since January, and it just feels like I've "earned" it, you know? I'm running my first 1/2 marathon next month, and I decided to treat myself to one of those long-sleeved Lulu shirts. They're so cute and comfy looking!

    I've never tried a Lulu sports bra, so I can't comment on those, but I will say that as a D, the Moving Comfort bras have changed my life. So supportive! I highly recommend those to larger-chested women.

    And Danielle, I'm not sure how much you run, but for a water bottle, I really, really, really appreciated having a Nathan handhold during hot summer runs. (This one: It's so nice to be able to take a sip when you're thirsty and not have to wait until you finish. Plus, it's perfectly sized to fit my iPhone, credit card, ID and keys.

    Congrats on your PRs!

  2. You don't like the inov-8's?!? ahh i think they are the best shoes EVER! I also like the Target thin straped racer back sports bras and the lulu wunder under crops !!

  3. Proud of you D! So important to exercise.
    I love O.N.E. Coconut water! & anything by Lululemon is gold. I have 4 of their workout bags and I love them for school or travel too. They fit so much!

  4.'ve got it all figured out! Love this post! And I just got a pair of under armor leggings that I love! Great for working out and slimming too!

  5. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! It always feel great to reach fitness goals. You should check out bkr water bottles - they are so awesome and such great colors. Mine is the perfect size for the gym and it keeps my water nice and cool. Here is their link -

  6. This makes me want to go to the gym. Thanks for all of the tips!

  7. I'm so obsessed with Lululemon that it isn't funny... My wallet complains, but I look cute when working out!


  8. I always wear Target workout clothes- I haven't been able to spring for better ones when that money can be used for real clothes! I do like wearing things other than a baggy tshirt- you definitely feel better about yourself!

    And iPod is necessary for me, but I have an older version and can no longer get an armband for it. So frustrating!

  9. I love my Lulu tata's bra. It's incredibly comfortable and you know that "they" will stay in place.
    I've been on the hunt for a new bottle too. I'm tired of carrying around my metal one which I have to keep on the floor while doing cardio cuz it clangs against everything! lol.

    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}

  10. I am on board with everyone else...I buy most of my workout gear from Target. But I do love me some Lululemon gear!!! Also, occasionally I find Nike/etc things at Homegoods/TJ Maxx! I love the water bottle you posted-only because it's pretty! haha

  11. I don't have work out clothes because I don't do normal work outs. I dance (and teach dance) so I just wear leotards and tights. I do jazzercise though and have not found shoes that give me support. My feet always cramp during class and I can barely make it through a class!


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  12. My Vibram FiveFinger Bikilas are essential to my workout. Running in them feel amazing and my feet aren't killing me post-workout.

  13. Hi!
    My workout essentials are (I am a runner) Nike running shoes, a NiKe sports bra, my iPhone -can't live without that- and my NikePlus chip which goes inside one of my shoes. I also always like to apply Burts Bees lip balm and drink natural water from any of the multiple drinking bottles I have at home.
    Loved your post, by the way!!
    xoxo Susana

  14. That lululemon sports bra is my very favorite too! I have been looking for a reusable water bottle to take to my spin classes and that Vapur is perfect. Thanks for sharing!