A Little Peek Inside My Gym Bag

Fact: we’ve all got our personal exercise survival kit. It’s what keeps us fueled (and refueled and refueled some more) throughout an intense fat burning or muscle sculpting session. This is mine.

So, go get your own. (Kidding…feel free to steal!)

   Sparkling Ice Water

sparkling ice   Why I like it: I’ve never been a fan of plain ol’ H2O, so when I discovered this 0-calorie flavored thirst quencher, it was love at first sip.

Nuun Hydration Enhancer

nunn   Why I like it: This active hydration tablet has all the electrolyte benefits of a standard sports drink, without any unwanted sugars.

Kind Fruit & Nut Bar

kind bar   Why I like it: It’s tough to find a protein supplement that tastes like real food, but this granola bar gives me both energy and enjoyment.

(Disclaimer: Starbucks iced coffee not included…that’s just me wishful thinking over here!)

Nike Dri-Fit Compression Shorts

nike dri fit   Why I like them: This uber breathable material absorbs sweat for comfort and ease of movement, not to mention serious sporty style.

Reebok Crossfit Sneakers

reeboks   Why I like them: Nobody wants to feel weighed down on a run, which is why I love these lightweight kicks with plenty of ventilation.

Swinn Sports Bra

swinn bra   Why I like it: The stretchy yet supportive fabric offers full coverage for mah girls, plus the bright colors and kitschy phrases are fun to wear.

Pandora Broadway Playlist

chicagoWhy I like it: In my opinion (which is the right opinion, FYI), no workout is complete without showtunes blasting through my iPod.

Scentsy Roll-On Fragrance

scentsy   Why I like it: What I call “glisten,” others call “sweat,” so this travel-sized perfume masks pre-shower stink better than many deodorants.

Sweat It Out With Show Tunes

One of my deepest loves is musical theatre (even though I…cough, cough…can’t sing worth a damn), so my go-to workout playlist is consequently a mash-up of various Broadway soundtracks.

Hey, don’t judge! Call mah crazy, but those catchy lyrics and upbeat tempos just put me in a gotta-get-up-and-dance kinda mood. And that’s exactly what I do.  So, for all my fellow Broadway Babes out there (and even you skeptics…or, should I say “soon-to-be converts”), I’ve compiled a list of my favorite musical numbers (with corresponding YouTube links for easy access). Hopefully, they’ll motivate you to shape up in the same way they’ve motivated me!

Trust the “expert”…this works.

* Disclaimer:  I do not own the rights to any of these following songs or videos, and I give full credit to both the copyright sources and individual users, who published these uploads on YouTube.

1. “You Can’t Stop the Beat” (Hairspray)


2. “Defying Gravity” (Wicked)


3. “Whipped Into Shape” (Legally Blonde)


4. “All That Jazz” (Chicago)


5. “Greased Lightning” (Grease)


6. “One” (A Chorus Line)


7. “America” (West Side Story)


8. “Footloose” (Footloose)


9. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (Funny Girl)


10. “Out Tonight” (Rent)


11. “One Day More” (Les Miserables)


12. “Dancing Queen” (Mamma Mia)


13. “Step One” (Kinky Boots)


14. “Time Warp” (Rocky Horror Picture Show)


15. “Magic To Do” (Pippin)