If you are like me, packing your gym bag can be a feat. Either I forget vital items or over pack like I am moving in. To help us all out, I talked to member turned fitness instructor, Laura Wagner. Laura has been at Milestone for a year now and has finally got it down to a science! Her bag is packed and ready for when she is teaching and taking a class.
Gym Bag Itself: Nike Rowena Kid's Tote
I've almost always had a black or gray bag, but I recently decided to buy a more unique bag that was easy to find in case I left it in a chair at the club or in a studio after class. I can get distracted and leave things sometimes, but it's usually for a good reason -- like talking to members.
1. iPod Nano
I always have my iPod because I sub a lot at the club and it has music for all of the different classes I teach: Latin, hip hop and top 40 for Zumba, Tabata rounds for land and aqua and remixes for other classes. Check out Laura's different class offerings here!
If I'm not teaching a class, I'm taking one, but I always have my earbuds in case I don't make a group class and use the treadmill instead. These are the Yurbuds Inspire earbuds and they're the only ones I will use -- they're made especially for the shape of a woman's ear. I love them. They're the best $30 I've spent at Target for fitness stuff.
3. Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo (to keep my icy blonde hair icy blonde)
I take more showers at Milestone than I do at my own house, so I have hair products and a little makeup to get myself cleaned up to get on with my day/evening after working out.
5. Aveda Control Paste
For giving my short hair texture (and it sort of doubles as a scent, because people always tell me I smell good and this is the only thing I've got on.
6. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
For light coverage after you've sweated off most of your other makeup.
7. Benefit LemonAid Concealer
I've had dark circles under my eyes my whole life no matter how well-rested I am; the yellow tint helps them disappear.
8. A Clean Mascara Wand
I have eyelash extensions (I like being a girl) that I'm love with and take good care of. I don't have to wear mascara much any more; I just fluff up my extensions and go.
Emerald Cinnamon Almonds, Lara Bars & Kind Bars can all be purchased at your local Whole Foods or Kroger.
I don't eat anything before I take a class, but about 30 minutes after a class, when I'm on my way to meet a client or running errands, I would eat a bar of soap if I couldn't find food. The Emerald Cinnamon Almonds are my favorite and so are Lara Bars or Kind bars. They save me until I can eat my next meal.
10. Nike Free TR Fit 5.0 Women's Shoe
Check your local Nike Outlet!
They're my faves because they fit my narrow heels so they don't slide around the back of my shoe. Got those for $35 at the Nike Factory Store down the street from Milestone.
I have reading glasses everywhere -- I'm talking about 10 - 12 pairs in my house, car, purse and a pair in this bag. Once I turned 40, it suddenly got difficult to read a menu or some of my emails without them. I get a lot of compliments on them like they're awesome prescription glasses, but the truth is that I buy most of them at The Dollar Tree.
12. Business Cards
Contact Laura! 502.851.4447 / email@example.com
I keep my business cards with me in case members have questions about a workout we did, the music I used, etc. I just tell them to take a card so they have my email and phone number to email me or text me so I don't forget!