1. lush tea tree toner     |     2. murad clarifying body spray     |     3. TYR sports towel     |     4. nike running shoe     |     5. fitbit flex     |     6. gold earbuds     |     7. monogrammed water bottle     |     8. rebecca minkoff gym bag

Above are some awfully pretty gym bag essentials. It’s not exactly what I keep in my gym bag, but pretty close to it. (The ones I included are prettier!) I pretty much keep my gym bag in my trunk at all times. Since my schedule is different every day, I love knowing I’m prepared to drop in at the gym whenever I get a break in the day. I’ve got to admit, I love having a gym routine more than going at spontaneous times, but I’ll take what I can get! 

I like to mix things up in the gym. My brother is a personal trainer and let me know how important it is to not work the same muscle groups two days in a row. So I try to switch it up as often as possible! I go to Pivotal Fitness in Charleston, which I’d fully recommend to any locals. There’s a ton of space and workout equipment, plus a ton of classes. 

Again, my schedule isn’t exactly the same every week—and I’ll admit, lately there’s a lot of weeks that I make it to the gym only once or twice. But I don’t beat myself up over it. I just try to live an active lifestyle so that it’s not a total fail if I don’t get as many gym days as I’d like packed into my week. 

On a normal week, I do easy cardio on Mondays. I’ll walk or jog in our neighborhood and that’s about it. I keep it simple because on Tuesdays, I’ve been going to a class that combines light weights, cardio, and lots of repetition. It’s a total body workout and fun, too! On Wednesdays, I either take the day off or go to barre class. The instructor is pretty mild and incorporates a lot of stretching, which I love. Thursdays is boxing! Our trainer keeps it high intensity and switches up the routine each week. Fridays, my body never steps foot in the gym. Wish I could say that was different! Sometimes I’ll take a walk or  I’ll jog in the neighborhood if I missed any of gym classes during the week. Then on Saturdays—and this has not happened in a long time—I’ll go to cardio barre if I’m feeling extra motivated. No matter what kind of busy week I’m having or if I’ve just got the lazy bones, I try to get a good workout in at least three times per week. 

What’s your favorite workout? 



  1. August 12, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    I've been going to a rowing gym here in Kansas City that incorporates shorts bursts on the rower with strength moves with a bulgarian bag. They are only 45 minutes, but so intense! My absolute favorite way to get a workout in is to go on a run outdoors during the crisp, fall weather 🙂 It's been so hot here lately that I haven't done much exercising outdoors.

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  2. August 12, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Body Combat is, hands down, my favorite workout, followed by Body Attack. I love Les Mills over at Golds on JI. As the weather shifts I'll be running at the county park at least once a week, it doesn't even feel like working out it's so peaceful there. I am giving my friend a "Fitness Shower" at her Bachelorette, these are some great ideas for gifts…Love the nikes.

  3. August 12, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Love those Nikes and gold earbuds! I'm doing a 5k at the end of the month and the Couch 2 5k app has been so helpful

  4. August 12, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Pure Barre is absolutely my favorite!

  5. March 2, 2017 / 11:34 am

    One of the biggest payoffs of creating a home gym and performing a workout from home is a terrific time savings. You need to consider time to get to and from a big commercial gym.

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