Gym Essentials

Honestly, nothing feels better than going to the gym. Nothing sorts my day out like a good sweat sesh, and checking out cute guys doing bench presses.

One of the biggest benefits I’ve found to working out isn’t just the fact that I now wince from pain every time I have to sit up out of bed/walk up more than 2 stairs/raise my arms above my head long enough to put my hair in a ponytail, but the fact that I fit into things from high school that I never thought I would.

I struggled a lot with my relationship with food at the beginning of high school, and so I would buy things thinking it would be motivation for me to lose weight so I could fit into them. But I never actually properly tried, and I just had all of these bodycons and pairs of jeans that were 4 sizes too small. (I can almost fit into my smallest pair now, but my calves are too muscular. Tragic.) And it literally just made me feel even worse about myself.

Then I came to university. The freshman 15 is NO FUCKING JOKE. That shit hit me like the freshman 600. I gained over 25 pounds my first semester of uni (and, quite frankly, I blame my school, for having a trash cafeteria and forcing me to get 2 am poutines because I can’t bear to eat half the cardboard they try to pass off as food.)

ANYWAYS. LONG STORY SHORT. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO TO THE GYM, MAYBE YOU’LL FIT INTO SOME SHIT FROM HIGH SCHOOL YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD WEAR AGAIN AND MAYBE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR PROGRAM WILL COMPLIMENT YOU WHEN YOU WEAR A BODYCON DRESS TO THE FACULTY FORMAL.

Here’s a list of the shit that I never go to the gym without, so you can also get your revenge body fit for your self!

1. Makeup wipes

I’m still loving those ones from Simple Skincare that I mentioned in my post, 10 products I Can’t Live Without. Not only is it bad for your skin to sweat with a bunch of makeup in your pores already (……… think about that for a second and try not to vomit) but also, it’s good to get the sweat and everything off of your face when you just did an ab blaster and then an hour on the elliptical. Don’t let that shit stay on there too long, or your skin will rebel and break out big time.

2. Deodorant / Perfume

because… duh?

3. Dry shampoo

My gym has a ton of showers and also a bunch of hairdryers, which is great, but isn’t useful if you’re getting a quick workout in between classes and you don’t have time to get completely done up again. Batiste ones are pretty popular and you can find them literally everywhere, but baby powder also works in a pinch.

4. A lil bit of makeup

You’re gonna have to touch up after, unless you’re one of those people that doesn’t wear makeup at all or goes to the gym at night and then goes right home after. Tarte released an entire athleisure line to help you get a little glam post-workout. This limited edition grab-and-go bag is the best, though. It’s got makeup wipes, a sweat-proof mascara, a highlighting moisturizer, and a tinted lip balm to keep you lookin’ good while you’re doing deadlifts and the guy next to you is side-eyeing you because 1. your leggings are see through and 2. You’re lifting more than him and he’s pissed.

5. A decent sports bra

Some of us are part of the itty bitty titty committee, and good for you. I wish I didn’t have to wear a bra since I was 9. But some of us, on the other hand, have rather large boobs, and they make working out a fucking nightmare. Get yourself a sports bra that holds your girls in place and makes it so you don’t have to readjust every 4 seconds to prevent a Heidi-esque nip slip. I love these ones from Under Armour, or these ones from Nike. Depending on what you’re doing, you might not need as much support, but if you plan on running or something high-impact, grab a good bra and thank me later. I prefer mid-high support bras but it’s totally up to you.

There you go, my gym essentials! Get your lazy ass up, no excuses now!

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