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?