Movement,  Wellness

What’s In My Gym Bag?

Having my large gym bag packed is one easy way I keep myself accountable to my workout schedule. I always have what I need- so when schedules change and I have a free hour… to the gym I go! Here are a few essentials that I always keep:

Headphones: I’ve gotten out of the habit of wearing headphones. I love the community at my crossfit gym where we are all in it together. There is usually pumped music playing, and I enjoy interacting with others. However, on days at big box gyms I love that solo time to be in-the-zone.

Nike Metcon: I switch between Metcon and Nano. I typically like my Nikes for workouts with more running/jumping, and prefer Nano for heavier lifting, rope climbs, and any lateral work.

Hat: For when I really need the blinders on. My craft-saavy Mom monogrammed this Lulu hat for me. Bonus- keeps my hair tamed and out of my face when I’m working out at the end of the day.

Doterra: I love Deep Blue Rub for post-workout soreness. BUT It is just as good as a pre-workout muscle warm-up. I like to put it on hamstrings and quads prior to squat-heavy days and on my shoulders for overhead-heavy workouts. My other go-to intra-workout oils are Peppermint for mental focus and Breathe for, well, breathing. [To order Doterra visit my recommended products page]

Rocktape: When I injured my shoulder in the fall, Rocktape was instrumental in my recovery. It helped me feel ‘stable’ when I started easing back in, and served as a tactical reminder to stay in correct position. I had a stretch injury, so keeping the capsule tight eased any pain and allowed me to keep working out through recovery. Rocktape is NOT a stand-in for proper recovery NOR a crutch..but I believe in its power in the right capacity.

 

My gym bag tends to become my call bag which becomes my throw-everything-I-have-in-it bag and I end up with 50lbs of gear by the end of the week. Anyone feel me?

Kate Daugherty is a Functional Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist candidate specializing in mind-body wellness. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to bring the physiological body into balance. Kate offers nutritional consultation and functional medicine healing at her clinic, The Facility, in Denver, Colorado. Read more about her nutritional approach here and her background here.

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