What’s in Your Gym Bag?

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Whether you’re hitting the treadmill, the boxing ring, or the yoga mat, it’s important to have the right gear. We asked some of our favorite fitness experts and One Medical providers and team members to share their must-have workout items. Check out their top picks below!

Music and Entertainment Apps

  •  At the gym, a soulful beat is the key to getting me through a tough workout. I put my Pandora app on shuffle.  – Mark Berman, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • My iPhone, which has all my music–Spotify is a must! – Cassey Ho, certified fitness instructor, creator of POP Pilates
  • I get new playlists and tracks for my workouts from 8 Tracks. – David Bowden, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • FIT Radio features DJ-mixed songs to keep you motivated and pushing 110%. – Daniela Spaid, marketing at Fitness Formula Clubs, Chicago
  • If you’re a podcast junkie like me, they’re all on the Stitcher App. When Ineed to put in some time on the elliptical, this is my go-to. And it’s free! – Spencer Blackman, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • I’m a huge EDM (Electronic Dance Music) fan, and high-energy beats keep me motivated. Rdio has a huge library of songs that you can download to your phone (legally) and listen to later without an internet connection. – Kameron Kitajima, Community Manager, One Medical Group

Headphones

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Spencer Blackman, MD

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David Bowden, MD

  • I’ve tried a million different headphones, and Bose headphones are by far the best for sound quality. They rest comfortably on your outer ear, so you don’t need to shove them deep into the ear canal. –  Ron Englert, DO, One Medical Group, New York
  • Yurbuds headphones. – Cassey Ho, certified fitness instructor, creator of POP Pilates
  • I love the sound from Skull Candy Earbuds. They stay in during all kinds of exercise (hanging sit-ups? Rrrooar!). – David Bowden, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • Panasonic RPHJE120 earphones cost $7 on Amazon, one of the greatest values around. – Spencer Blackman, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco

Workouts and Workout-Specific Gear

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Vincent Som, Studiomix

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Linnea Meyer, MD

  • Need to revamp your workouts? Try TRX! Many gyms have the straps andclasses, but I sometimes bring my own for custom workouts. – David Bowden, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • For yoga, the Yogitoes skidless mat cover removes the frustration of slipping and adds joyful bright color to my mat. – Mark Berman, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • Insanity Workout videos are perfect for cold days–no equipment needed (other than a towel for sopping up the sweat). – Will Kimbrough, MD, One Medical Group, Washington, DC
  • A jump rope is great for warming up and conditioning. – Vincent Som, health coach at  Studiomix San Francisco
  • I carry my Yoga Tune Up Balls with my everywhere, especially when I travel. They’re great for working through tension. The Blissoma YogaMat Spray is a nice organic and natural mat spray that keeps my mat fresh, clean and ready to use. – Stacy Levy, yoga instructor, Chicago
  • If I’m in the boxing gym, Winning and Cleto Reyes are by far the best gloves on the market. They’re used by Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de La Hoya. Winning headgear has the best stitching and fit for sparring. – Arnold Lee, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • My musts are my kung fu pants and sweatshirt, shoes, double broadsword, and green tea. ‪ – Linnea Meyer, MD, One Medical Group, Boston

Fitness Apps

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Kameron Kitajima, One Medical Group

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  • The FitBuilder app gives me hundreds of options for a specialized workout routine.  – Ron Englert, DO, One Medical Group, New York
  • I live in a great–and flat–neighborhood that’s perfect for running. Run Keeper shows me my route, how far I’ve gone, and at what pace. The 7 Minute Workout app puts you through the scientific “7 Minute Workout” made popular by the New York Times earlier this year. It’s free, simply crafted, and the workoutis no cakewalk. It’s perfect for travel, or anytime I can’t get to the gym or out for a run. – Spencer Blackman, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • It’s all about the quantified self. My Fitbit Force helps me keep track of all my activity, fitness goals, sleep activity, food I’ve eaten, and even how much water I’ve consumed. It even buzzes when I’ve hit over 10,000 steps. Kameron Kitajima, Community Manager, One Medical Group
  • MapMyRun is a website/app that’s perfect for helping calculate distances on new routes. – Will Kimbrough, MD, One Medical Group, Washington, DC
  • ActivTrax provides the ability to create strength workouts, track cardiovascular and strength progress, and balance nutritional needs to reach fitness goals through in-club kiosks and via a mobile site, and it’s available at ffc.com. – Daniela Spaid, marketing at Fitness Formula Clubs, Chicago

Trackers

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Daniela Spaid, Fitness Formula Clubs

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Tatum Getty, SoulCycle

  • I wear my Nike Fuelband to help remind me to get in sufficient activity every day. – Mark Berman, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • I use a fit journal to write down my workouts. – Cassey Ho, certified fitness instructor, creator of POP Pilates
  • The UP Band with the installed app. – Tatum Getty, marketing at SoulCycle San Francisco
  • Polar heart rate monitors have the STAR training program, which provides weekly training targets and rewards you when you achieve them. I like the Polar FT60. – Daniela Spaid, marketing at Fitness Formula Clubs, Chicago

Nutrition

  • A Quest Bar in White Chocolate Raspberry.  – Cassey Ho, certified fitness instructor, creator of POP Pilates
  • My go-to post-workout snack is the Almond Honey RISE protein bar. I usually carry a mini-bag of nuts like raw almonds, which Trader Joe’s carries in pre-portioned packs. This also helps if my workout is delayed and I need a quick pick-me-up before I work out. – Tiana Celesia, RD, nutritionist, Boston

Clothes and Shoes

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Cassey Ho, Pop Pilates

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Tiana Celesia, RD

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Arnold Lee, MD

  • I’ve been a fitness editor for 7 years, so I’ve seen my fair share of tights. Beyond Yoga Essential Gathered Leggings are the best. They stay up without squeezing in the waist and are so incredibly soft. And I feel like my running life didn’t start until I found Nike Lunar Glides. I will never try another shoe! – Liz Miersh, editor-in-chief of Q, Equinox’s digital magazine
  • I’ve tried so many running shoes, but I keep coming back to the Nike Air Pegasus. Lululemon workout shirts are sweat-wicking, lightweight, anti-stink, and form fitting, and the store offers free hemming for short guys like me! – Ron Englert, DO, One Medical Group, New York Shimano road cycling shoes and Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop Pants with the SoulCycle skull logo. – Tatum Getty, marketing at SoulCycle San Francisco
  • As a distance runner, I need a good shoe that’s breathable and provides enough support. I’m on my third pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 15s, and they’ve never failed me. – Kameron Kitajima, Community Manager, One Medical Group
  • Icebreaker socks provide good cushioning, and they don’t smell. – Arnold Lee, MD, One Medical Group, San Francisco
  • I wear the Athleta support tank with Zella workout pants. My feet are happiest with my very flexible Nike Free sneakers (the most flexible soles I’ve found). – Tiana Celesia, RD, nutritionist, Boston
  • A runner’s brand loyalty is supposed to be irrational, as far as I can tell. I haven’t run in anything but Asics since high school. – Will Kimbrough, MD, One Medical Group, Washington, DC

Accessories

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Will Kimbrough, MD,

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Dolly Renick, Studiomix

  • Klean Kanteen water bottles are stainless steel, BPA-free, highly durable, and sustainable. –Kameron Kitajima, Community Manager, One Medical Group
  • I travel with a stainless steel water bottle with pop-up straw by Nathan.  – Tiana Celesia, RD, nutritionist, Boston
  • Kitsch hair ties don’t snag your hair! – Tatum Getty, marketing at SoulCycle San Francisco
  • When working out outdoors during the day, it’s important to have polarized sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Lombardi Sports has a great selection of these. A lacrosse ball is the way to work out any sore muscles, and they’re around $3 from Sports Basement. – Dolly Renick, sales and marketing at Studiomix
  • SPF 50 sunscreen: Because skin cancer sucks. – Will Kimbrough, MD, One Medical Group, Washington, DC
  • You can’t beat the trendy headbands from Lululemon. – Tiana Celesia, RD, nutritionist, Boston

Post-Workout Products

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Liz Miersh, Equinox

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Stacy Levy, yoga instructor

  • There is nothing more essential in the winter than Colbert M.D. Illumino face oil–it’s like slathering vitamins all over your face! Ican get away without washing my hair on yoga days, and Cake dry shampoo smells so good I could eat it. Two quick dabs of Warm fragrance oil post-workout, and I’m ready to go; it instantly makes me feel like I just stepped off of the beach–the only place I like more than the gym. And the bottle is so light and tiny. – Liz Miersh
  • ShowerPill body wipes are great when you’re on the go and there’s no shower (or the line is too long). – Kameron Kitajima, Community Manager, One Medical Group
  • Aura Cacia essential oil in lavender is very soothing and encourages relaxation. I incorporate the oil into my meditation practice. I always carry Acure organic argan oil face wipes in my bag. Running from class to class, they help me avoid clogged pores and keep my skin fresh and clean. I use L’Occitane certified organic pure shea butter on my face, lips, and body to stay hydrated and combat the dryness of winter in Chicago. – Stacy Levy, yoga instructor, Chicago

What are your gym bag essentials? Share your top picks in the comments!

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