Have you ever had that dream? The one you are out in public and you are not wearing pants? Think it only happens in your dreams? You would be wrong – at least according to an experience I had in a Boot Camp class I was leading years ago. I was teaching a 6am Boot Camp and it happened to be in the dead of winter in MN. The class had started – and probably a good thing – the class liked to start with the lights down low. I had a gentleman run into the class 5 minutes late – whip off his sweatpants and start right in with the class doing jumping jacks. And – much to my surprise (and to his about 30 second later) he had only managed to remember to put on boxers under his sweatpants! Just imagine …. I NEVER want you to come unprepared to the gym, so let’s talk exercise clothes and preparation today.
I am a morning exerciser. I have tried the whole sleeping in thing and promising myself I will go after work. The only time I was successful at that was during my Ironman training – but I wasn’t sleeping in – I was getting in two enjoyouts a day. Certainly not something I can endorse for everyone for very long. Anyway …. I am a morning exerciser and found that the ONLY way to truly be prepared for a great sweat session in the morning and make it to work with everything you need is to pack your bag the night before. Despite the fact that I am a morning person I will share that on more than one occasion I have forgotten an important item of clothing. The worst that happened to me was forgetting a dry bra for work. Good thing that I didn’t have any meeting before 10am and I was able to slip out and purchase one right as the stores opened! This wouldn’t have happened if I had prepacked the night before.
Perhaps you like to work out in the middle of the day or after work. I can’t tell you the number of times I trained people without shoes or had to modify the workout to eliminate the bounce – or the times my clients worked out in their skirts (Don’t worry – there is really no excuse to miss an enjoyout with me!). However – these situations are not ideal. Again – prepack your bags!
I am sure there will still be times in my life where I forget and have to deal with the consequences – but please – do yourself a favor and prepack your bags!