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What’s in my gym bag…

One of the first things I did when we moved to Los Angeles was join a gym. I toured a few locations and settled on one that had two locations near our apartment and a good schedule of group fitness classes. I’m lucky that I work from home and don’t have to rush to/from an office after my classes, but I still have my gym bag packed and ready to go so I can hop over after I’m done for the day and get in my spin class or strength session. Here’s what I’ve been keeping in my bag:


I’ve been using my quilted MZ Wallace Metro Tote as my gym bag. I like that it doesn’t scream “athletic” with any sports logos, but rather its got a sleek black textured design. Its roomy and fits all of my stuff! I don’t wear any makeup to the gym (except for a little swipe of tinted lip balm!), but because I’m acne prone I’ll always wipe my face and neck down with a Simple Cleansing Wipe after class.

Keeping my hair off my face and neck is really important during an intense class. I’m a huge fan of both Lululemon and Zella headbands, and since my hair is fine, I use a wide, damage-free hair tie.

I track all of my workouts with my Apple Watch Sport. I have a Jawbone UP that I wear during the day and at night for sleeping, but it doesn’t track heart rate or “stationary” workouts like spinning, so the Apple Watch has been awesome for those workouts as well as my weekend bike rides along the beach. And speaking of spinning, I have a pair of Giro cycling shoes for class.

For barre/yoga classes my gym provides the mats, but I’m not sure how often they are cleaned so I’ll bring along a mat towel to place on top. After every use I can just toss it into the washing machine and have a clean towel to bring to every time!

For every trip to the gym (and pretty much anytime I leave the house) I always have my S’well bottle with me — keeps my drinks super cold with slippery no condensation on the bottle.

I typically take group fitness classes, but on the off-chance I miss the class (traffic!) I’ll have a pair  of earbuds handy so I can get in a quick treadmill or elliptical session and still be able to listen to some music. And last but not least, I always keep some sort of healthy snack in my bag, like a Kind Bar, just incase I need some fuel before a workout!

What’s your must have for the gym? Send me a tweet at @tinewatson, or snap me at @moderngirltine!

Workout Wednesday

Biking 2 (1)

You can probably guess by all my Instagrams and Tweets that my new favorite activity is biking! Its been really fun the past few weekends to bike all around town — to the beach, restaurants, and even the farm! After buying the bike and helmet I invested in a few other key items — a bike basket, a rear bike rack with a detachable grocery bag, and a mirror.

While the basket is cute and the bag makes trips to the farm or beach a breeze, I really think the mirror was the best purchase. Even though we have a lot of bike lanes, it is still a little scary to ride on the road with cars, so the mirror lets me see when cars are coming up behind me and it makes taking turns so much easier!

Have you tried biking?  Even if you don’t want to buy your own bike, a lot of big cities now have a bike sharing program — like Boston’s Hubway or NYC’s Citibike! Just don’t forget your helmet!

Modern Girl Gift Guide: Fitness Fanatic

Fitness Fanatic

These Nike Studio Wraps are the top notch barre footwear.

This Puma Fit watch will help any fitness fanatic keep their splits and heart rate in check.

Let them wear their fitness mantra while at the gym with this cheeky tank.

The Queens of fitness DVDs are Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson.

Help keep their downward dog grip with a Stella McCartney x Adidas yoga mat.

Start a little heathy competition with some Nike Fuel Bands.

Help them tote their gear in style with a gym-friendly nylon Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

Protect their health and the environment with this glass BKR bottle. I love mine!

Here are a few more gift ideas for your fitness fanatic friends and family!