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!