Giveaway: Fitness Friday with Larisa

Lucky me won a new gym bag! Yay! It just arrived, so we are still in our honeymoon phase, lol!  Thanks again vmac+cheese for a great giveaway! Anywho, once the new pretty gym bag arrived I got to thinking… what should I be packing to help me prepare for my workouts?  If anyone knows how to pack a gym bag, it’s someone whose line of work is working out.  So today we are taking a peek inside of Larisa’s workout bag for a look at what she uses to stay on top of her game:


  1. First things first, you need a gym bag…this is the prettiness that just got shipped to me ala vmac + cheese, here.
  2. An obvious must have: your gym clothes & shoes.  While there are a few freaks of nature that workout in their jeans, it’s not recommended. Gotta show some love to the hometown brand, here.
  3. An extra pair of socks. Just like they disappear in the washer/dryer socks seem to disappear from your gym bag, so it’s a good idea to have a spare just in case. More UA goodness, here.
  4. A BPA free reusable bottle of water, ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED! This bkr bottle is so cute and there are so many color choices, here.
  5. Deodorant, enough said.
  6. A small towel, just in case your gym is out of clean towels or for some reason they don’t offer a towel service.  Trust, you don’t want to get caught in a RPM class without a towel…gross! Love, love, love these motivational towels from inperspire, here.
  7. A stock pile of hair ties, only certain ladies can workout with their hair down and we don’t make that list…These hair ties are so colorful! The etsy shop creates packs based on the Pantone’s Fashion Color Report,  the Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report is shown, here.
  8. SweatyBands.  Amazing! Best workout headband on the market.  These things do not move…they are life changing, here.
  9. 2 pairs of ear buds.  A back-up just in case one gets misplaced or broken. I’m pretty particular about my ear buds…not all of them fit right in my ear, but I love the SkullCandy buds they are really affordable and you can get them at Target.  That’s a win-win in my book, here.
  10. Some sort of cold therapy.  Ben Gay is a good choice it acts just like an ice pack for any bumps and bruises you may experience along the way.
  11. An Ace bandage or knee brace is a good idea to have as well for any possible strains or injuries.
  12. A non-perishable snack…almonds & apples are a great choice to fuel your workouts. In the cooler months (because they won’t melt then), protein bars are a great choice as long as they are less than 5g of sugar.  Larisa’s top picks are Quest Bars or Pure Protein Bars.
  13. Jump rope. Obviously, the jump rope is a very versatile tool. See here and here. So, pack your own so you can get a workout in whenever/wherever you are…
  14. Business cards are always a good idea.  The gym is a perfect networking opportunity.

While this may seem like a lot of stuff to carry around in your gym bag, you don’t want to give yourself any excuse to skip out on your workout AND make sure you pack your gym bag the night before so, that it doesn’t get forgotten in your morning rush out the door.  Bottom line if you are prepared you can’t let yourself skip out on living a fit life.

Giveaway! I wanted to pay it forward and do a  Soon to be A Mrs. first, a little giveaway. One reader will be lucky enough to have their life changed by sporting a swanky new SweatyBand in their next workout courtesy of Soon to be A Mrs.  It’s as easy as leaving a comment here telling us one thing you can’t go to the gym without.  Open to U.S. residents only.  Good luck! Entries must be posted by this coming Thursday, September 19th, at 8 a.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random.*

P.S. Don’t forget if you want to know more reach out to Larisa directly at (443)250-5245 or

*Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $15 USD approximate total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

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