What the Country’s Top Trainers Say Are Their Fitness Must Haves

What the Country’s Top Trainers Say Are Their Fitness Must Haves

Whenever I head to a workout| there’s a fingers-crossed moment as I unpack my gym bag. On a perfect day| everything I need is there u2014 from my socks to a water bottle to that extra hair tie that I always seem to need. But more often than I like to admit| I’m missing something| and it’s not always an obvious omission.

To help solve this ever-present issuse| we turned to the obvious experts: trainers. Given that many of these women are teaching back-to-back classes while also running to and from meetings without much of a break in between| they live and die by their gym bag. From snacks to gear| see what top trainers always have in their gym bag.

| Bethany Lyons

Bethany Lyons| Lyons Power Den Yoga

Gym bag essentials: Lyons Den power Yoga Bandana u2014 must to keep the sweat out of my eyes. REVO aviator sunglasses for to and from classes u2014 this blue-eyed girl is SENSITIVE to sunlight. ABH Health Manuka Active Honey Lozenges (because all I do is talk| talk| talk! These are so expensive| but of course| my fave). And something casual and studio-to-street chic to throw on after class. I am currently loving black and white harem pants gifted to me from Sweaty Betty.

Go-to workout equipment: A black Jade Pro Harmony yoga mat. Itu2019s non-slip| recycled| no-frills| and takes a beating. The yoga mat is important as it gives me the space to break down| break a sweat| and break on through to the other side.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Before: a KIND bar (almond and coconut). After: Lulitonix green blend u2014 Chill| Glow| Kick . . . Love them all!

| Mandi Molnar

Mandi Molnar| NYC Christopher St. DavidBartonGym

Gym bag essentials: Perform Better Resistance Bands in two resistance levels| Versa Grips| a soft ball to work out any tight muscles| and peanut butter. Always peanut butter.

Go-to workout equipment: Definitely dumbbells. They’re versatile enough you can do a whole workout with one medium-weight set.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I usually shoot for rice cakes and peanut or almond butter| or trail mix. A little carb and little fat for energy| but not too heavy.

| Tanya Becker

Tanya Becker| Physique 57

Gym bag essentials: I always carry my Physique 57 grippy socks or my Reebok True Studio Slippers| which are both really great to keep my feet from slipping around when I teach or take class.

Go-to workout equipment: A Physique 57 playground ball! You can get a total-body workout using the ball to sculpt your thighs| abs| and glute muscles. Itu2019s surprisingly a versatile piece of equipment that is highly effective for toning those trouble spots (e.g. inner thighs and lower seat muscles) and also easy to travel with.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I usually have fruit or oatmeal before teaching and a NuGo Slim Bar (crunchy peanut butter) afterwards. Itu2019s important for me to properly fuel my body and feel energized| especially on busier days packed with back-to-back classes and meetings.

| Kathleen Kulikowski

Kathleen Kulikowski| SoulCycle

Gym bag essentials: I carry my vitamins with me: Daily Women’s Vitamin| Fish Oil| and BCAA performance aminos for post-workout recovery drink. And I always have an extra set of workout clothes.

Go-to workout equipment: A kettlebell for sure. There are so many different and effective workouts that you can do with it!

Pre- and post-workout snack: I always make sure to have something light with lots of protein before my workout u2014 maybe a Quest bar or a protein shake. Within 30 minutes after my workout| I grab some type of carb and protein.

| Brittney Mooney

Brittney Mooney| ((305)) Fitness

Gym bag essentials: My BKR water bottle| Mio Workout Wonder invigorating muscle motivating gel| and hair ties. Can’t have too many hair ties!

Pre- and post-workout snack: I’ll always try to bring a small tupperware of cut-up fruit| such as pineapple| melon| or apple. Super easy to pop in your mouth right before and after a workout and fuels your body without feeling too full.

| Alex Silver-Fagan

Alex Silver-Fagan| CITYROW

Gym bag essentials: Cellucor C4 pre-workout and BCAA’s| minty gum| a small Theraband (for using during my own workouts and clients)| an extra sports bra (no one likes wearing a wet bra all day)| a hat (just in case my hair is nowhere near saving).

Go-to workout equipment: Your body! A good friend of mine once read me a quote that says| “”What makes you think you have the right to move a weight if you can’t control your own body?”” This has been the focus behind my yoga practice and my most recent training style. While I still am a big proponent of lifting heavy weights| you truly can accomplish so much with your own body weight. Dynamic movements| push-ups| pull-ups| squats| planks| lunges u2014 the possibilities are endless. Additionally| you can find a bench or step to make some of these movements harder. Simple works for a reason.

Pre- and post-workout snack: To be honest| if I’m working out early in the morning and it’s not a strength-based workout| I’ll train fasted. But if I’m lifting anything heavy| it’s important to fuel my body so I don’t crash. Before a workout I’ll have a carbohydrate but still keep it light u2014 either an apple| half a banana| or a rice cake with a little bit of protein powder paste (1/2 scoop whey protein mixed with a tiny bit of water). I like to keep my fruit intake close to my workouts because the sugar is a great carbohydrate-fuel source. After sweating| I make sure I have a dense source of protein| either whey protein powder| hard-boiled egg| or chicken. My favorite post-workout smoothie is one scoop of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey| half a banana| a handful of spinach| and a scoop of almond butter.

| Amanda Rey

Amanda Rey| SLT

Gym bag essentials: Peppermint Essential Oil has been a staple in my life since I was very young. I rub a drop or two on my temples or the back of my neck when I am feeling tense or need a pick me up. I get pretty bad migraines on occasion and the peppermint oil helps relieve the headache pains.

Go-to workout equipment: A Megaformer. I haven’t worked out in a traditional gym since college. The Megaformer is a one stop shop: total body conditioning that allows me to strengthen and tone my body with slow| controlled| precise movements. I also adore foam rollers.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I really try not to eat anything too close to a workout. I just drink a lot of water. Post-workout I’m a big fan of a banana with a spoonful of peanut butter| or an Indie Fresh Mini Protein Smoothie (the Maca Root Acai is my fave).

| Alycea Ungaro

Alycea Ungaro| Real Pilates

Gym bag essentials: Lululemon Socks in case I go for a run or walk or jump into a Pilates class.

Go-to workout equipment: Pilates Magic Circle of course! Can do arms| legs| and full-body with it anywhere and anytime| and it packs light.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Our Real Pilates produced Control Bars.

| Aleah Stander

Aleah Stander| Flywheel

Gym bag essentials: Iu2019m always prepared with extra workout clothes| socks| a headband| iPod| and headphones.

Go-to workout equipment: Aside from teaching and taking Flywheel classes| Iu2019m always changing my workout routine to utilize all types of equipment depending on my goals. Right now| Iu2019m all about the plyometric box because my routine focuses on improving power and performance. You can actually use any large step| including bleachers| which is fun if you want to take your workout outside.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Before and after a workout itu2019s best to nourish the body with clean protein and carbs (with little to no fat). I usually have a protein shake before my workout and/or egg whites and oats after.

| Tiffany Conde

Tiffany Conde| Xtend Barre

Gym bag essentials: I always carry Xtend Barre grippy socks| Lululemon scarf to keep warm| and a large glass bottle of water to hydrate. I occasionally add in homemade energy balls to eat before or after teaching.

Go-to workout equipment: My favorite must have for Xtend Barre is a resistance band. It allows you to sculpt and chisel your lower body.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I like to make homemade energy balls using dates| chia seeds| fresh fruit| peanut butter| and coconut. Time permitting| I will have a quick snack such as cucumbers with Greek yogurt| or an egg with avocado seasoned with cayenne.

| Simone De La Rue

Simone De La Rue| Body by Simone

Gym bag essentials: I carry a towel| change of workout clothes| iPhone charger| some snacks| almonds| crackers| and water.

Go-to workout equipment: I am currently obsessed with the sliding disc. They are so versatile. You can use them for a great core workout| lower body| and also upper body.

Pre- and post-workout snack: One hour before| I have protein and a carb| and one hour after| a protein. This can range from a protein shake to a boiled egg to grain free granola with almond milk or nut thin crackers and hummus.

| Janet Jones

Janet Jones| Vixen Workout

Gym bag essentials: My wireless Beats headphones and my iPod touch. Water bottle and towel. Quest bars (or another type of nutritional bar).

Go-to workout equipment: I swear by dance workouts so all I need in a mirror and music.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Before my class I can’t eat anything heavy so I’ll have a protein shake. After I’ll have some chopped up chicken or turkey slices (I usually teach later in the evening).

| Becca Pace

Becca Pace| Equinox

Gym bag essentials: I make my own body mist and room spray from citrus and lavender essential oils. I always have one of each on my bag; might sound crazy| but the smell of a studio can affect your workout! I give a few spritzes to give the room an inviting smell . . . that’s way better than sweat and stinky feet!

Go-to workout equipment: I don’t go anywhere without my Yoga Tune Up balls! They are key to releasing my tight muscles throughout the day. They’re small| lightweight| and absolutely necessary for me each day!

A Celebrity Trainer’s Weight-Loss Rule: 3 Miles or 30 Minutes

Before trainer Kit Rich became a Pilates instructor to the stars (and healthy-lifestyle ambassador for brands like Lucy), she was just a woman trying yet another crazy, extreme, or unhealthy diet in order to lose weight. “I tried everything,” she recently told us, adding that she also suffered from eating disorders and body dysmorphia. “I was desperate to lose weight. So I would do, like what most women do, those freaking crazy juice diets. I would do all these extreme things, but it always brought me back to the other extreme.”

After years of yo-yo dieting, Kit finally hit on her problem: she was working out in a way that wasn’t sustainable. Her solution was one that helped her lose 30 pounds and one that she still shares with her students today, whether she’s teaching a private class in LA or going on tour with a musician client. Her tip? Make it manageable. Specifically, Kit says that her mantra of “three miles or 30 minutes, every day” is what helped her finally break free from weight fluctuations and keep the pounds off for good. As in: run, walk, or hike your way to three miles a day, or do a 30-minute workout instead. “I really do believe wholeheartedly that the middle road is the way to go,” she says. “Anything extreme is not long-lasting.”

As a former athlete, this manageable mantra helped keep Kit from burning out on her workouts when she was trying to lose weight. “I come from a background of injury, and I had knee surgery, so you can’t tell me to go and take some crazy bootcamp class,” she says. “Because my knee will start to hurt, and then what’s going to start to happen, I’m going to freak out that I won’t be able to do that for the rest of my life.” Instead, just telling yourself to do something little every day can help you get a hold of your health and your weight-loss goals. “Women need to feel empowered,” she says. “They need to feel like what they’re doing is something that they somewhat enjoy and that they can have a grip on. And that’s why I believe in this three or 30 rule.”

Inspired by Kit’s message? Check out all our 30-minute workouts here!

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A Celebrity Trainer’s Weight-Loss Rule: 3 Miles or 30 Minutes

Before trainer Kit Rich became a Pilates instructor to the stars (and healthy-lifestyle ambassador for brands like Lucy)| she was just a woman trying yet another crazy| extreme| or unhealthy diet in order to lose weight. “I tried everything|” she recently told us| adding that she also suffered from eating disorders and body dysmorphia. “I was desperate to lose weight. So I would do| like what most women do| those freaking crazy juice diets. I would do all these extreme things| but it always brought me back to the other extreme.”

After years of yo-yo dieting| Kit finally hit on her problem: she was working out in a way that wasn’t sustainable. Her solution was one that helped her lose 30 pounds and one that she still shares with her students today| whether she’s teaching a private class in LA or going on tour with a musician client. Her tip? Make it manageable. Specifically| Kit says that her mantra of “three miles or 30 minutes| every day” is what helped her finally break free from weight fluctuations and keep the pounds off for good. As in: run| walk| or hike your way to three miles a day| or do a 30-minute workout instead. “I really do believe wholeheartedly that the middle road is the way to go|” she says. “Anything extreme is not long-lasting.”

As a former athlete| this manageable mantra helped keep Kit from burning out on her workouts when she was trying to lose weight. “I come from a background of injury| and I had knee surgery| so you can’t tell me to go and take some crazy bootcamp class|” she says. “Because my knee will start to hurt| and then what’s going to start to happen| I’m going to freak out that I won’t be able to do that for the rest of my life.” Instead| just telling yourself to do something little every day can help you get a hold of your health and your weight-loss goals. “Women need to feel empowered|” she says. “They need to feel like what they’re doing is something that they somewhat enjoy and that they can have a grip on. And that’s why I believe in this three or 30 rule.”

Inspired by Kit’s message? Check out all our 30-minute workouts here!

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Allison Williams Credits This Workout For Completely Transforming Her Midsection

For four season, fans of the HBO show Girls have watched Allison Williams portray Marnie Michaels ¡ª the professional counterpart to Lena Dunham’s aloof Hannah Horvath ¡ª but Williams’s latest Harper’s Bazaar cover is a serious departure from her buttoned-up character. For the magazine’s December/January 2016 issue, Williams showed off her insanely fit physique in belly-baring crop tops and a cool selection of denim and leather.

The stunning editorial is personally significant for Williams, who expressed being self-conscious about her stomach. On her Instagram, Williams shared a photo from the shoot and wrote, “I am particularly proud of this one. For my whole life until 2 years ago, I was super self-conscious about my stomach. I dreaded bikini season. I kept it covered. Boyfriends weren’t allowed to touch it. No amount of crunches seemed to strengthen it.”

Her turning point? Discovering Pilates. She added, “Then I met Ilaria Cavagna who introduced me to the magic and focus of Pilates. I have never felt stronger, healthier, more focused, or more feminine. Now, I love my stomach because it keeps me grounded to my core. And it’s still the same stomach! Here’s to proving yourself wrong.”

Williams is one of many celebrities, like Kerry Washington and Lea Michele, to publicly praise the core-burning workout as of late (try it yourself with our two-minute Pilates ab workout). While we can totally get behind the transformative workout, we are surprised by her activewear advice. In Harper’s Bazaar, she said: “This is my gift to you: Spanx makes the most incredible exercise spandex. I wear them almost every day. They have a little control top, so they’re flattering.”

Related: The Ultimate 30-Minute Cardio Pilates Burner!

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Allison Williams Credits This Workout For Completely Transforming Her Midsection

For four season| fans of the HBO show Girls have watched Allison Williams portray Marnie Michaels ¡ª the professional counterpart to Lena Dunham’s aloof Hannah Horvath ¡ª but Williams’s latest Harper’s Bazaar cover is a serious departure from her buttoned-up character. For the magazine’s December/January 2016 issue| Williams showed off her insanely fit physique in belly-baring crop tops and a cool selection of denim and leather.

The stunning editorial is personally significant for Williams| who expressed being self-conscious about her stomach. On her Instagram| Williams shared a photo from the shoot and wrote| “I am particularly proud of this one. For my whole life until 2 years ago| I was super self-conscious about my stomach. I dreaded bikini season. I kept it covered. Boyfriends weren’t allowed to touch it. No amount of crunches seemed to strengthen it.”

Her turning point? Discovering Pilates. She added| “Then I met Ilaria Cavagna who introduced me to the magic and focus of Pilates. I have never felt stronger| healthier| more focused| or more feminine. Now| I love my stomach because it keeps me grounded to my core. And it’s still the same stomach! Here’s to proving yourself wrong.”

Williams is one of many celebrities| like Kerry Washington and Lea Michele| to publicly praise the core-burning workout as of late (try it yourself with our two-minute Pilates ab workout). While we can totally get behind the transformative workout| we are surprised by her activewear advice. In Harper’s Bazaar| she said: “This is my gift to you: Spanx makes the most incredible exercise spandex. I wear them almost every day. They have a little control top| so they’re flattering.”

Related: The Ultimate 30-Minute Cardio Pilates Burner!

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Khlo¨¦ Kardashian Is a Fan of a Pretty Weird Weight-Loss Method

While promoting her upcoming talk show Kocktails with Khlo¨¦ on FYI, Khlo¨¦ Kardashian sat down with Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee to chat about her body image, sibling competitiveness, and some . . . questionable weight-loss methods.

In the new episode of I Yahoo’d Myself, Khlo¨¦ admits that she never saw herself as “the fat one,” although she was continually regarded as such. In an extended feature for the website, she said, “Before the show, I always felt really good in my own skin but people called me ‘the fat one,’ so I would almost beat them to the punch. In interviews I was like, ‘I know I’m the funny fat one.'” She added, “I always thought I had a pretty normal body ¡ª I could have lost weight six years ago; I could have done all of that. I don’t want to do something for somebody else.”

Now Khlo¨¦’s getting seriously fit on her own accord ¡ª check out her full-body workout for yourself ¡ª and it’s given her a refreshing perspective on body confidence. Khlo¨¦ said, “It really comes from loving yourself from within. If Instagram were to take a picture of your soul, what would that look like? I know my soul is beautiful. I know I’m a good person ¡ª but that came from fat Khlo¨¦ and that’s going to come from skinny Khlo¨¦.”

While we applaud her advice, Khlo¨¦ also dished on some of her more unconventional weight-loss practices ¡ª which we don’t recommend ¡ª like waist trainers and sauna suits. Khlo¨¦ has been a fan of waist trainers for quite some time and frequently promotes them on Instagram. Comparing a sauna suit to Missy Elliott’s garb in her music video for “The Rain,” she explained, “It’s basically like you’re wearing a black garbage bag, and if you’re just doing cardio, you’ll burn double the calories. I’ll do that at Equinox and people think I’m nuts.”

Khlo¨¦ Kardashian Is a Fan of a Pretty Weird Weight-Loss Method

While promoting her upcoming talk show Kocktails with Khlo¨¦ on FYI| Khlo¨¦ Kardashian sat down with Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee to chat about her body image| sibling competitiveness| and some . . . questionable weight-loss methods.

In the new episode of I Yahoo’d Myself| Khlo¨¦ admits that she never saw herself as “the fat one|” although she was continually regarded as such. In an extended feature for the website| she said| “Before the show| I always felt really good in my own skin but people called me ‘the fat one|’ so I would almost beat them to the punch. In interviews I was like| ‘I know I’m the funny fat one.'” She added| “I always thought I had a pretty normal body ¡ª I could have lost weight six years ago; I could have done all of that. I don’t want to do something for somebody else.”

Now Khlo¨¦’s getting seriously fit on her own accord ¡ª check out her full-body workout for yourself ¡ª and it’s given her a refreshing perspective on body confidence. Khlo¨¦ said| “It really comes from loving yourself from within. If Instagram were to take a picture of your soul| what would that look like? I know my soul is beautiful. I know I’m a good person ¡ª but that came from fat Khlo¨¦ and that’s going to come from skinny Khlo¨¦.”

While we applaud her advice| Khlo¨¦ also dished on some of her more unconventional weight-loss practices ¡ª which we don’t recommend ¡ª like waist trainers and sauna suits. Khlo¨¦ has been a fan of waist trainers for quite some time and frequently promotes them on Instagram. Comparing a sauna suit to Missy Elliott’s garb in her music video for “The Rain|” she explained| “It’s basically like you’re wearing a black garbage bag| and if you’re just doing cardio| you’ll burn double the calories. I’ll do that at Equinox and people think I’m nuts.”

The Simple Trainer Advice That’s Helped Me Stick to My Diet

Ever since my time at Women’s Strength Nation with celebrity trainer Holly Perkins, there’s one tip that has been playing on a loop in my brain. So often, people start making healthier lifestyle choices with weight loss in mind and wonder what gives ¡ª when will this work pay off on the scale? According to Holly, and what she’s seen with her clients, when it comes down to seeing physical, tangible results from your weight-loss program, “what you look like or feel like today is a reflection of what you did 10 days ago.” Great news! It doesn’t take months and months to see a real difference, but it’s also important to not get discouraged when the scale doesn’t tip overnight.

Just like making the shift to healthier lifestyle habits, it’s equally important to remember that negative choices don’t bring about instantaneous change in the form of weight gain. Sure, you may feel bloated or sluggish from all that pizza you ate last night, but one meal is not enough to cancel out hard work. Whenever I’ve put back on weight, it’s never been because of a night out or one cupcake ¡ª it’s because I’ve been indulging for an extended period of time. It’s only after a few weeks that I’m able to recognize what my previous actions have done to my body. And this is where Holly’s tip has helped me alter my propensity to yo-yo back and forth between healthy and unhealthy habits.

Just remembering that real change takes time can help me calm down, take a few deep breaths, check in, and make a smarter, more compassionate decision for my future self. More often than not, this translates to me realizing that I’m not hungry. This tip may sound obvious, but just as a series of steps in the right direction will turn into a positive and powerful leap I can feel in my clothes and see on the scale, it’s important to remember that the slippery slope of overeating will eventually creep up on me, too.

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The Simple Trainer Advice That’s Helped Me Stick to My Diet

Ever since my time at Women’s Strength Nation with celebrity trainer Holly Perkins| there’s one tip that has been playing on a loop in my brain. So often| people start making healthier lifestyle choices with weight loss in mind and wonder what gives ¡ª when will this work pay off on the scale? According to Holly| and what she’s seen with her clients| when it comes down to seeing physical| tangible results from your weight-loss program| “what you look like or feel like today is a reflection of what you did 10 days ago.” Great news! It doesn’t take months and months to see a real difference| but it’s also important to not get discouraged when the scale doesn’t tip overnight.

Just like making the shift to healthier lifestyle habits| it’s equally important to remember that negative choices don’t bring about instantaneous change in the form of weight gain. Sure| you may feel bloated or sluggish from all that pizza you ate last night| but one meal is not enough to cancel out hard work. Whenever I’ve put back on weight| it’s never been because of a night out or one cupcake ¡ª it’s because I’ve been indulging for an extended period of time. It’s only after a few weeks that I’m able to recognize what my previous actions have done to my body. And this is where Holly’s tip has helped me alter my propensity to yo-yo back and forth between healthy and unhealthy habits.

Just remembering that real change takes time can help me calm down| take a few deep breaths| check in| and make a smarter| more compassionate decision for my future self. More often than not| this translates to me realizing that I’m not hungry. This tip may sound obvious| but just as a series of steps in the right direction will turn into a positive and powerful leap I can feel in my clothes and see on the scale| it’s important to remember that the slippery slope of overeating will eventually creep up on me| too.

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Want a Tighter Butt? Then You Better Start Doing This

There was a lot of groaning happening during celebrity trainer Kit Rich’s class; her mantra of the day seemed to be “just 10 more seconds, and get lower!” It didn’t matter how pretty our location was ¡ª?poolside at the W Los Angeles ¡ª?every plea for 10 more seconds sounded like pure torture. That is until Kit explained the method behind her madness: “The lower you drop, the higher your butt.” And who wouldn’t want a natural butt-lift?

It’s a simple tip that Kit says women should apply to the basics of butt building ¡ª namely squats, lunges, and all their variations. Her advice is to do a set of squats or lunges as you normally would, but before you come out of that last rep, sink into the exercise a little deeper and hold there for five to 10 seconds, and then drop even lower, holding for another 10 seconds. But it doesn’t end there ¡ª?sink even lower, and now pulse for a count of 10. With every progression, Kit advises to maintain even breath and to check in with your form, especially being sure that your core and glutes are engaged and that your knees are behind your toes. “All of this will help you get through the progression easier,” she says.

If you’re ready for a little butt-lifting of your own, start with this how-to on doing a basic squat. Then, on the very last rep of each set, be sure to incorporate Kit’s method for dropping it low!

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