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What you Need in Your Gym Bag + A Giveaway!

  • September 20, 2013
  • By Brittany
What you Need in Your Gym Bag + A Giveaway!

Hey all! Well, we’ve made it to Friday! Day número 5 of Joi’s Blog Challenge!  Woo hoo! Today’s prompt is a useful list. Well, since this is a fitness blog, I thought it might be fitting to let you in on what’s in my gym bag. Plus, I’ve got a fun giveaway for you!!

1) Sneakers. Necessary for most workouts.  I like mine bright!

2) Sparkly Soul headband. These have been THE headband to wear forever now but I only recently got on board after receiving a complimentary one at my DMF media class. It stays in place like no other headband! I lost it for like three days and freaked out. Seriously.

headband and waterbottle
3) Water bottle. Need to stay hydrated! 

4) Snacks.  I need to nosh either pre-or post-workout. I like to carry nutritious snacks with me.

5) Cute workout clothes. Who am I trying to impress? Me, of course!

6) Face wipes. Working out in makeup is no good. Face wipea to get rid of my pretty face is a must!

face wipes
7) Yoga mat. I’m a germaphob so I like to carry my own mat with me!

YOga mat
8) Heart rate monitor. An absolute must! Shows heart rate, duration and calories burned!

9) iPhone. Gotta take selfies have a playlist!

10) My OOFOS recovery sandals. The good people at OOFOS sent me these sandals to try out and I love them! I wasn’t sure at first but I have these really attractive bunions in my feet you see and they hurt. These sandals make my feet feel so good! I commute to workout in flip flops in the summer and they are so bad for my feet. These sandals give me the necessary support in all the right places.  My arches are in heaven and my bunions miraculously don’t hurt! I seriously can not recommend them enough if you want your feet to feel great. I put them on everything I walk into my house!


The patented foot bed technology provides not only arch support but impact absorption as well as greater cushioning. OOFOS broke new ground with the introduction of OOfoam, the first ever foam compound to assist athletic recovery. After four years of working with a leading chemist we developed OOfoam, a proprietary foam compound unique to the footwear industry.


To learn more about OOFOS, including where to buy, visit their website!

And the good people at OOFOS have provided me with a pair to give to one lucky reader!  Just leave a comment below for your chance to win!  You have until Wednesday next week and I’ll announce the randomly-selected winner on Thursday! Good luck!

Readers, what do you carry in your gym bag?

By Brittany, September 20, 2013
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  • Alicyn
    September 20, 2013

    I have had 6 surgeries on my feet and ankles. I am always looking for a good sandal that will support my foot issues. They look super comfy!!

  • Emily
    September 20, 2013

    I have bunions too! Would love to try these sandals and hopefully get some relief!

  • Morgan
    September 20, 2013

    I am always in flip flops and wondering later in the day why my feet and back are killing me, these would be a great pair of shoes to own!

  • Emily
    September 20, 2013

    I have bunions too! Would love to gIve these sandals a shot

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    September 20, 2013

    I wanna win!! I totally have one of those $1 flipflops that you get from the nail salon in my bag!! I love your playlist 🙂 CUTE workout clothes are like mandatory! I am so insanely addicted!

  • Brandi
    September 20, 2013

    I want! I want! Thanks! : )

  • Julie Labate
    September 20, 2013

    Would love to win!

  • Veronica @My Finessed Life
    September 20, 2013

    Oooh I wanna win. The flip flops look as if they are made of material similar to crocs?

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    September 20, 2013

    I was just looking for a pair for flip flops to wear in the showers at the gym because my have gotten gross and old. These look super comfy and waterproof!

    My gym bag includes: makeup remover wipes, hair ties, headbands, deodorant, watch, earphones, cellphone arm strap, nasty old flip flops 😉 , cute workout clothes, awesome bright tennies, gloves, and lotion.

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    September 20, 2013

    My gym bag looks pretty much the same plus a pair of cute Power Diva gloves for lifting 😉 Oh and lots of extra elastics & bobby pins!

    • FitBritt
      September 20, 2013

      Definitely need lots of elastics and bobby pins. I don’t know where they go after I use them though… in some black hole with my socks!

  • Melissa Burton
    September 20, 2013

    I keep toying with the idea of a heart rate monitor…

    I definitely can relate with the bringing your own mat, snacks and water too.

    For my recovery, I’m very into my FitFlops (I own quite a few pairs of their flip flops, clogs, boots and shoes) but I’d be willing to check out others. Hey, we live in flip flops here in LA 😉

    • FitBritt
      September 20, 2013

      I like it a lot. The calorie burner is not an exact science but close enough. I find it really helpful in bootcamp classes/spin where my heart rate tends to get too high and I need to pull back. I have never tried FitFlops but I’m loving the OOFOS for sure!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    September 20, 2013

    The flip flops look great! Well, in my gym bag I also have cute workout clothes (of course!), a bottle of water, my headband and hair elastic and a towel to wipe of the sweat (a must need!).

  • Allie
    September 20, 2013

    This is such a GREAT idea!! I adore those sandals. I must have them.
    I think I have all the same things and also some running essentials like GU Chomps, glide (to prevent chafing) and extra socks!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    September 20, 2013

    THE ONE THING I need in my gym bag at all times – MAGAZINES! Otherwise, my work outs seem like they take 10 years!!!!! 😮

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    September 20, 2013

    I also have to have my heart rate monitor. It helps keep me motivated to see how many calories I am burning.
    Those sandals sound pretty awesome. I have ugly bunions too but I’m usually in sneakers all day so they don’t bother me too badly. But they would be a great option to have on hand!

  • Dana
    September 20, 2013

    I don’t even have a gym bag – I carry in my water bottle and phone with earbuds and that’s it. I leave my lifting gloves in the car and grap them when I need them. I always go to the gym straight from home and come home right after, so I travel light. Those flip flops look great – the super flat ones offer no support even though they are cute.

  • Holly
    September 20, 2013

    Yeah, Baby! Arch support, not rubbing bunions. Yeah, FitBritt! Nice review–good luck to your readers with the give away.

  • Amanda
    September 21, 2013

    Those sandals look really comfy and like they’d be great to wear after a long run!

  • Carla
    September 21, 2013

    I don’t carry a gym bag because I work out at home. Okay, I’m going to a class this morning but since it’s for one hour I’m still not taking anything. My yoga mat. I’m taking that. Now I’m thinking I better pack a bag. Thanks a lot, Britt! 🙂

    Those OOFOS shoes are awesome! My mom would think I’m the best daughter in the world if I won her a pair. They don’t come in super teeny size to fit me but that’s okay, no shoes really do.

  • Britton
    September 21, 2013

    Visiting from Joi’s #MBC my bag gym bag consists of a LOT of stuff…LOL! I workout twice a day (during my lunch break and after work) so I have workout clothes for both work outs, toiletries for showering to include shower shoes and a cover up & wash towel, water, post work out snacks, and an extra change of clothes. My gym is really like a duffel bag and is always filled with stuff…LOL!

  • Alison Hector
    September 22, 2013

    I love the workout pants. What brand are they? Also, the yoga mat is gorgeous. What brand is it? I need to change mine because my feet slip on the one I currently have.

  • Andrea
    September 22, 2013

    My husband and I are preparing ourselves for a new workout regimen. By new I mean getting up and getting going. I have the shoes. I’ll pack the water. I hadn’t thought about the snacks or makeup wipes. I will be sure to include that. Wish us luck! #mbc

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    September 23, 2013

    Very appropriate giveaway to go with this cool post! My list is long I posted on it a few months ago. It is sooo heavy! I honestly feel that I might need that junk one day. I have most of the stuff on your list too. I love the bright shoes and sparkly head band! My kinda girl.

    Thanks for participating and awesome giveaway hun!

  • Cathy
    September 23, 2013

    My goodness those look comfy! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Kimberly
    September 24, 2013

    Ooo pick me, pick me. My dog has literally eaten every pair of flip flops and sandals that I own! Lol it’s terrible. The husband would be grateful because he generally puts out the cash to replace the mishaps!

  • Robin
    September 25, 2013

    My gym bag has my headband, Bokos sandals, my electronics pouch w headphones, watch, monitor, ipod etc, my lifting journal, sunglasses, gloves for cold weather and usually a swim suit in case I need the hot tub!

  • Lora @ Crazy Running Girl
    September 25, 2013

    I would love to win!! I walk a TON and these would be perfect. I don’t have a gym bag (I don’t belong to a gym) but mine would also have some Nuun! Love that stuff.

  • Lora @ Crazy Running Girl
    September 25, 2013

    I would love to win!! I walk a TON and these would be perfect. I don’t have a gym bag (I don’t belong to a gym) but mine would also have some Nuun! Love that stuff.

  • Lora @ Crazy Running Girl
    September 25, 2013

    I would love to win!! I walk a TON and these would be perfect. I don’t have a gym bag (I don’t belong to a gym) but mine would also have some Nuun! Love that stuff.

  • margaret
    September 21, 2015

    I loooooove my OOFOs…these are the only shoes that I can wear except my running shoes that don’t cause my pain…but I only have 2 colors, I would love to have more 🙂

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