What’s in Emily Saul’s Gym Bag?
For most of us, simply remembering to pack a gym bag is a victory. But for those who’ve made careers out of health and fitness, it’s all in a day’s work. In this series, we’ll take you inside those expertly packed bags.
The pro: November Project Boston coleader Emily Saul. She leads the tribe through early morning, hug-fueled workouts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The bag: A durable messenger bag from BaileyWorks.
1. Water bottle.
2. Portable Bluetooth speaker. This photo was taken on a Wednesday, when November Project runs the Harvard Stadium stairs, so musical motivation is a necessity.
3. Headlamp. “The 5:30 a.m. workout is just starting to be dark at the start, so the headlamp is all about safely seeing the stairs,” she explains.
4. Whistle. “You never know when you need to add some spice to a workout with a ‘fire drill’ for pushups while running stairs,” she says. Hello, high school gym flashbacks.
5. Camera. November Project coleaders take photos at every single workout.
6. November Project coleader necklace. “It’s like bling, NP style,” she jokes.
7. Positivity Award. A November Project tradition, the award is “a wooden oar handle, engraved with November Project, which we give out to incredible, inspiring, and positive members of the tribe.”
8. Spray paint and stencils. Have you seen those November Project t-shirts around town? This is how they’re made.
10. Flip flops. “My only shoe choice in the summer, besides running shoes,” she says.
11. ‘Weird’ glasses: Not one for understated workout gear, Saul says glasses of this sort are her standard. “This pair has no lenses and was decorated with designer tape by my 8-year-old niece,” she says.
12. Workout clothes. “You never know when you get a good opportunity to get out for a run or impromptu workout later in the day,” she says. As if 5:30 a.m. stairs weren’t enough.
13. Street clothes. Saul wears this outfit to her job with the Life Is Good Playmakers.
14. Homemade Olympic torch. Why not? “This was a gift from a tribe member during the final days of the Olympics,” Saul says. “Random and perfect.”
Not pictured: A banana, eaten on the way to Harvard Stadium, and a post-workout chocolate mint Clif bar.