When Staci suggested that we both do a post this month of “What’s in my gym bag” I laughed aloud.
Let me explain.
Staci is a lifestyle blogger, right? I mentioned in last month’s Fit Bride Bootcamp update that she’s really creative and good at making things look pretty. When we have our sessions, her gym bag is generally full of fancy toiletries, cool water bottles and fun, matching accessories.
Mine is not.
For a Personal Trainer, your gym bag is not just something you take for a quick session or class before returning it safely to your wardrobe. No. For a PT your gym bag is also your briefcase, work bag, lunchbox, shower bag, filing cabinet, spare closet and goodness knows what else.
On a daily basis, my gym bag (and I’d imagine it’s the same for other trainers too) carries my whole entire life. Often I leave the house at 5.30 in the morning and don’t get back until 10pm at night, depending on how many clients or classes I have that day. There’s often a fair amount of travel involved. Sometimes my clients are back to back all day. Other times, I have gaps of an hour or so in which I can find some wifi, set up a work-station and do some blog writing or life admin.
I’m the sort of person that hates to be caught out with nothing to do. If I have an hour or two spare, nothing is more satisfying to me than filling it with something productive. If only because this means that I can get to bed a little earlier, or wake up a little later. It makes all the difference!
For this reason, I tend to go with the whole boy scout “always be prepared” motto.
This is what you’ll find in my not-just-gym bag:
1. My Laptop
Why does a PT need a laptop? (Yes, I’ve genuinely been asked that before). Well…booking clients. Writing blog posts. Checking emails. Sending invoices. I really couldn’t live without it, and there’s always something I can find to do!
2. My Diary
3. At least two notebooks, three pens and a pencil.
As any blogger will tell you, there’s nothing worse than being caught without something to write down an idea that has just popped into your head! I’m constantly scribbling away in my notebook on the tubes and buses when I can’t pull out my laptop.
4. All the gym cards I own
If there’s a chance to fit in my own training session in between clients it’s nice to know that there’s a gym to go to right around the corner! It’s nice to get a break from whichever gym or studio you use to train your clients. Having a fresh environment makes me so much more motivated.
6. All the chargers ever.
I mean a dead battery is just the worst, right?
7. My spare power bank (just in case).
This was a hidden gem inside my Christmas stocking last year and has been an absolute life saver! Perfect if you have your charger cables but there’s no power outlet anywhere available.
8. A wash bag
9. My Ipad
I must look like a walking advertisement for apple… I use my iPad to play music in my classes and sessions so I’d be pretty lost without it.
10. Hair brushes, grips and bobbles
11. SNACKS (and if I’ve been super organised, a packed breakfast and lunch too!)
4 HiiT classes, 5 clients, and a two hour training session. Not to mention running up and down the tube escalators constantly. It’s hungry work!
13. Liz Earle Face Spray
This is possibly the only thing that looks like it could ever belong in Staci’s gym bag. And to be honest I don’t even always have it! Liz Earle’s floral face spray is just a really refreshing way to liven up your skin when you’re feeling gross.
14. Chewing Gum
I mean no one wants bad breath.
Usually a mixture of multivitamins and/or BCAA’s for muscle recovery. At the moment I’m trying out The Good Guru’s Muscle and Tone supplements, which are a mixture of amino acids, vitamin D, zinc and magnesium, to help with muscle repair.
What would we find in your Gym Bag?
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