Pack the Perfect Gym Bag

Gym Bag

The more organized you are as an instructor the better you will be.  Not feeling prepared to teach is the quickest way to bring down your confidence.  I have made it a point to organize it so that even if I’m in a rush and have no time to double check my bag, I can be sure that I’ll be prepared.

In my bag I have:

  • Mini Travel Bag for Music and Accessories14218606_667366966056_906385661_n
    • Music Device – I actually still use my iPod from 2005, that thing is amazing and probably belongs in a museum.  It has helped that I have a separate device just for teaching because it always is stored in the same spot and only taken out for class or to charge.
    • A CD as Music Backup – I thankfully have never forgotten my iPod, but one of my locations lost their audio cord so I couldn’t connect it to the stereo.  Luckily I had my backup CD in my bag.  Every couple of months I burn a new CD that contains some of my favorite routines (ones that I am not likely to forget) so that I always have a Plan B ready to go.
    • Charger for my Device – I usually charge my iPod the night before class, but I have a
      spare charger packed just in case.
  • Snack – Most days I go straight home and have a protein shake after class.  However, there are days where something comes up and I unexpectedly have to change plans.  Making sure I have a snack packed helps me to not skip eating after a workout (very important), and also to choose a healthier alternative than a drive-thru.  My favorite go-to that conveniently fits into a sandwich container is The Complete Cookie – yum!
  • Mini Travel Bag Full of Toiletry Basics
    • Deodorant
    • Face/Body Wipes
    • Hair Clips / Hair Ties / Headbands
    • Chap Stick
    • Tampons
  • Extra Water Bottle
  • Sweat Towel

Some other items that aren’t as essential but are useful to have are:

  • Headphones 
  • A Combination Lock
  • Extra Socks and/or Workout Clothes
  • Sweatshirt
  • Dance Socks (I like these!)
  • Cough Drops

Happy Dancing!

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