I hope that this doesn’t sound like I’m trying to share something basic like how to breath or blink because other people claimed to have invented those activities and I’d have to pay them a royalty. But there is a certain amount of forethought that goes into getting ready to hit the gym, shower there, and then go to work or wherever your zany life takes you. Here are the basics:
Why Shower at the gym?
First of all, if you are going to work, the answer is obvious. If you are running errands, it is not a good idea for your nether regions to be sitting in a human sauna for more than 30 minutes. Don’t ask me how I know this, but I know. Plus, you are being kind to your fellow human beings by showering after a sweat-fest.
FOOD and DRINK:
First things first! You need your water for the workout and something healthy to eat after. I typically whip up a protein shake first thing in the morning and stick it in the freezer for 20+ minutes while I’m getting ready and drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee. I’ll also pack some nibbles, like fruit or nuts or carrots - in case my mouth wants some exercise too. I carry all of it in a cooler bag like the black & white one below in the background.
You can find cute cooler bags from Koko and other brands. I bought this one in Canada and it’s called D-fusion and I can’t find it online anywhere! I include a little ice pack like the one on the right.
GYM CARD & other essentials:
You’ll need to pack your gym card, ID (because everyone needs to know who you are these days), a credit card if you want (I want! What if they are having a sale on gym clothes!) some cash, keys, and of course the cell phone because otherwise it would need to be detached surgically from a hand. All of these items go in the cooler bag. My purse that is devoid of any value sits happily in the trunk of my car (so as not to attract thieves…I do live in a ‘big city’). Valuables come with me inside the gym.
There is a slight method to the madness here: You’ll want to pack your clothes so that they don’t wrinkle (you can also bring them on a hanger if you want/need.) I find that if I roll my clothes into a sausage shape, they don’t get wrinkly. Then I dream of sausages.
I always have two plastic bags with me: one for my (dirty) shoes, and one for my (clean) clothes:
Dirty shoes into one bag:
Roll the clean clothes around the shoes, into a nice little sausage shape and put all of it into the other plastic bag. These bags need to be plastic because they will later live out their life’s dream of housing your sweaty gym clothes and wet towels.
So you’ll be walking out the door with your purse (because you’ll need it after the gym**), your cooler bag, and either one or two plastic bags, depending upon whether or not your gym has towels. If not, you need to bring your own: a big one (for showering) or two (if you have long hair and want a ‘hair towel’) and a smaller ‘sweat towel.’
**By the way, I’m not being sexist. Men can and do carry Murses or MANbags. I married one. Please stop laughing.
But you’re wondering about your gym bag aren’t you? Don’t worry! That lives in the trunk of your car! No need to carry it in and out of your house!
Now, since you probably need some recovery time from the exertion of just getting ready for the gym, I’ll let you recuperate and I’ll be back next week with a post on what you need to do to get ready at the gym (including what lives in your gym bag.) You can ask my good friend, Janetha: there’s more to it than meets the eye. You can read all about our workouts and gym adventure last week on her blog.
Q: Do you shower at the gym? Do you have any tips that I should include in next week’s post? Do you know any men who carry MANbags? (I like to emphasize the MAN in MANbags)
PS Thank you, Janetha for pimping Windows Live Writer to me again, even after I didn’t listen to you the first time! This post would have taken a few millenia to write with Blogger In Draft, but thanks to you and WLW, I got it done in no time flat! <3
Finally, Janetha went in for a diagnostic medical procedure this morning and I just found out that she has had some complications. Please keep good thoughts for her and if you are the praying type, please feel free.
Edited to add: Just heard from Janetha's Mom and she's fine, but it seems she just had some benign discomfort. Whew.
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