Monday, February 18, 2013

Gym Bag Essentials

As an on the go fitnessista there's not always time to shower and get cute after a workout. There are products available to make yourself look presentable though. Whether you're decked out in lulu gear that doubles as a brunch outfit or need a quick fix up after work before a big date, these products are essentials for any bag. One of my concerns when I know I'm working out and not going home right after is making sure I smell great (as I think is a concern of many!). So I picked out some things that smell great and leave the people you pass on the sidewalk going wow.

*Note: Lush Cosmetics and Zim's provided product for me to review. Anything else is my own personal products I purchased.

First up is LUSH's Godiva shampoo and conditioning bar. Since most gyms and studios now have showers available for clients I though this would be perfect. It's tiny enough to fit in your bag and strong enough to make sure your hair gets clean. It's a solid 2 in 1 product that it super easy to use. Just rub on the top of your head and massage into hair. ($11.95)

This Dove Clinical Protection deodorant came in a set when I bought it on sale at Target. I've never tried it before but I've come to find out it works great. It leaves you with a fresh feeling and scent all day long. Literally. I can smell the freshness even at 7 PM on my way home from work! I highly recommend this. The regular non-clinical protection has the same scent but it's not as strong. It's smaller than the full size so easy to transport. Great for after a sweat sesh!
LUSH has a thing for solids. Another essential is the Dirty solid perfume. Rub on wrists and neck pulse points for a strong fresh scent. No one will know you didn't spray perfume and just rubbed this on in two places. In my opinion this is easier to bring with you than a glass bottle that could smash on the locker room floor. ($9.95)
The Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment is something I have been using for a while. BE CAREFUL of how much you spray because sometimes it makes hair look greasy. This product makes is easy to run a brush through knotty gym hair and leaves it feeling super soft.
The last gym bag essential I want to introduce you to is going to be your lifesaver after a vigorous workout. If you're like me and commute into the city for a workout and get back on the train to go home, your muscles are going to ache and tighten. Zim's has 3 products that reduce aches and paints and are made with natural products. Zim's Max-Freeze Gel provides a cooling sensation, the Max-Freeze Roll-On provides the same relief as the freeze gel and the Maximum Heat Roll-On is a heat based product used primarily for stiffness, backaches, strains and sprains. My favorite is the Max-Freeze Roll-On I used on my knee after a long run.
What do you think of these essentials? What are your favorites?


  1. Ooh that heat and freeze roll-on stuff looks really helpful! I'll have to remember that...

  2. I love LUSH! I've been curious about that shampoo bar thing. I'll have to try it sometime because I LOVE dry shampoo. I probably use it more than regular shampoo :)

    1. The first time I had heard of them was when the rep reached out. Everything smelled delicious!