Do you ever have those weekends were you totally feel refreshed come Sunday night?! That is just what happened to me. I had the perfect mix of productivity, absolute laziness, fun and sweat.
One of my favorite times to go to the gym is Friday night and on the weekends. I don’t have any time restrictions and I don’t have to wash my hair immediately after. Both of these things stress me out during the week. The BF and I have made Friday night our gym date night (ooohhh…romantic!) and Saturday I had the pleasure of Karen being my gym buddy. Sunday I was all alone and it was perfect.
While I was getting pumped on Sunday night I got to thinking about why going to the gym is less of a chore this time around in my weight loss quest than ever before. Rather than dread getting my butt to the gym after work, I find myself *gasp* looking forward to it! So whats up? What is different this time around?
And then, as I adjusted my headphones and checked my heartrate monitor, it dawned on me…I love all my fun gym accessories!
My Must-Haves for the Gym
(aka I spent money on things that make me happy at the gym and I’m going to tell you what they are)
First of all, never google image search g-love. *Shudder* Second, I have delicate hands. Dainty, delicate hands. Heh. Ok, just soft with no callouses. When I started the Mshell Fitness program I found that I was getting blisters from the weights and that was NOT ok. I came across G-Loves on Instagram and decided to check them out. I love that these gloves not only protect my hands, but look awesome while doing so. Now I have two pair, Amethyst with Black Lace Trim & Aztec (Limited Edition). <—Thanks Mom & Dad! These gloves might seem a little pricey, but I’m lifting 5x/week so I am definitely getting my use out of these suckers!
I’m obsessed with big headphones. I wanted those Bose noise cancelling headphones for ages, but they were so boring looking. Then I was on a Beats headphones kick for awhile. The BF kindly reminded me that I have a black thumb when it comes to electronics and possibly I should start out smaller at first. By the way, when I say black thumb I really mean that I tend to lose things. A lot. I had a bit of a rough patch in August and was super stressed out. The BF was kind enough to bribe me into a better mood with these purple Skullcandy headphones that I am now obsessed with. I love the purple. I love the comfort. I love the look!
(Creepy bathroom selfie alert!)
I have a tendency to find shoes that look good rather than fill a specific need. When I realized I wanted a more minimalist shoe rather than my usual spongey suspects I started to look around on Zappos and found these shoes. They not only fit my requirement of being a little unique, but also that whole no big sole thing too. These shoes get compliments constantly! I feel so cool when I wear them. My only complaint on these is that they get a little smelly inside the shoe. I wear them without socks and these suckers absorb sweat like it is their job. That doesn’t stop me from wanting the exact same shoe in the teal color though.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know my love for my HRM. I don’t live or die by these numbers, but I do use it to help me stay on track during my workout. There are plenty of times where I *think* I’m working hard only to realize that my hear rate is nowhere near where it should be. Oh, and just in case you thought my vanity stopped at shoes and gloves…I got the FT4 instead of the FT7 because I liked the bronze color the best. 🙂
I have a lot of hair. I also have a bowling ball for a head. Every time I work out I need my hair tamed. My new method is to pull my hair into a high ponytail and then put on a headband to keep it all in place. My favorites include Lululemon’s Fly Away Tamer and LP3 Headbands.
I’m not totally materialistic. Some good ol’ beats gets me pumped up any day! Here are a few of my faves on the Workout Playlist.
Note: Some of these have explicit lyrics. Fun fact…I always download the clean version. Excessive cussing drives me nuts in songs.
Gas Pedal (Sage the Gemini)
Black Sheep (Gin Wigmore)
Timber (Pitbull & Ke$ha)
Burn (Ellie Goulding)
Currently I’m on a hunt for an armband that will hold my phone while it still lives in its little case. Right now I put my phone in my sports bra, which is both disgusting and sweaty at the same time. Something fun for me to look forward to!
What are your go to workout songs? Any must haves for you at the gym?